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The Profession: A Short Story
The Profession

It’s 2049: a union of Islamic caliphates controls Europe, and a similar incursion is reaching the shores of America.

Philip Russell just wants to see the sights in Washington before returning home to his loving fiancée. Instead, he soon finds himself caught up in a violent clash of cultures that quickly becomes personal. With the whole world watching, he’ll have to make a choice: faith or friendship.

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Why I Signed the Filial Correction

Why I Signed the Filial Correction

By now most Catholics have heard of the “Filial Correction” issued by a group of 62 clergy and scholars and addressed to Pope Francis. In essence, the Filial Correction argues that by his words, deeds, and omissions, Pope Francis has allowed a number of heretical opinions regarding marriage, the moral life, and the reception of

Thank You, Karl Keating
Thank You, Karl Keating

It was 1991. I was in college, an enthusiastic Evangelical Protestant. My roommate was a just-as-enthusiastic Catholic. Inevitably this led to many theological debates, such as whether we are assured of our salvation, the meaning of baptism, and the role of Mary in our salvation. I have warm memories of that time in my life,

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Mass Exodus: Why Are People Leaving the Catholic Church?
Mass Exodus: Why Are People Leaving the Catholic Church?

For a further discussion of this issue, listen to my podcast “Why Are People Leaving the Catholic Church?”

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New Podcast!
New Podcast!

I’ve started a podcast! My plans are to put up about two episodes a week. I’ll discuss the same topics I cover in my writings: Catholicism, technology, culture, and baseball. My guess is about half the episodes will cover Catholic topics, and the rest my other areas of interest. I’m keeping each episode to 10

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Articles on Catholicism
How to Offend Like Jesus

How to Offend Like Jesus

What happens when proclaiming the gospel is considered offensive? How do Catholics evangelize in a PC culture? Catholicism has always had teachings that are offensive to some ears. St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians that “we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” (1 Cor. 1:23). In any society, parts

The Heresy of Low Expectations
The Heresy of Low Expectations

A few years ago I was at a softball tourna­­ment with one of my daughters. While there I saw a sign recruiting girls for a new travel-ball team. The organizers made clear that girls who joined this team would be making a major commitment: many practices, a difficult playing schedule, and demanding coaches. But the

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The Old Evangelization: 5 Steps to Renew a Parish
The Old Evangelization: 5 Steps to Renew a Parish

Last week I wrote an article criticizing the Protestant character of some “New Evangelization” programs. I gave a few brief suggestions for true Catholic evangelization, and a number of people contacted me subsequently requesting more practical suggestions. In terms of one-on-one evangelization, I’ve written a book on the subject; here I’d like to share a few important steps

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The Protestantization of the New Evangelization
The Protestantization of the New Evangelization

It’s no secret that the Catholic Church in the Western world has experienced a tremendous drop in practicing members over the past 50 years. More troubling—and not unrelated—is the fact that the desire to gain more members via evangelization has declined even more tremendously. In the 60’s and 70’s, evangelization was ridiculed in many parts of the

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Articles on Technology
Is Bitcoin Cash the Electronic Cash System We’ve Been Waiting For?

Is Bitcoin Cash the Electronic Cash System We’ve Been Waiting For?

Segwit2x has collapsed, and we’re now left with two “Bitcoins” — Bitcoin (Segwit), commonly known as just “Bitcoin,” and Bitcoin Cash, which forked back in August. This split neatly represents the Bitcoin community itself: divided between “small blockers” and “big blockers.” But the divide has always been about more than blocksize. The underlying priorities of the

10 Types of Crypto Fans—Which Are You?
10 Types of Crypto Fans—Which Are You?

Since 2009, cryptocurrency has grown from the domain of a few cypherpunks to a global phenomenon. Born in obscurity, Bitcoin is something now talked about at your neighborhood barbecue (except in New Hampshire, where crypto fans flourish and talk about the strengths and weaknesses of still-obscure coins like OmiseGo or Qtum). Although many people think

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The Myth of the Masternode Sell-Off
The Myth of the Masternode Sell-Off

Over the years, critics have claimed that the Dash Masternode network is susceptible to centralization. Initially, the charge was that only a few early adopters own Masternodes, and so they control the network. This argument has begun to fade as it’s become clear that Masternode owners are a diverse bunch. However, Dash detractors have come

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The Forked Tongue of Bitcoin Core
The Forked Tongue of Bitcoin Core

When a city is facing increased traffic and it wants to relieve congestion, it can choose from a number of possible solutions. These options generally fall into two categories: (1) improvements to the road infrastructure; or (2) changes to affect driver behavior. Improvements to the road infrastructure are relatively straightforward: either build additional lanes on

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Articles on Culture
6 Rules For Good Government From The World Of Narnia

6 Rules For Good Government From The World Of Narnia

The danger of following politics is that you always follow politics. You start to see politics in everything: the subplot of your daughter’s school play, the choice of wine at your neighbor’s party, and even how the grocery clerk greets you. It can happen anytime, even during your child’s bedtime story. I was recently reading C.S. Lewis’s

ESPN and the Death of Escapism
ESPN and the Death of Escapism

ESPN recently announced another round of layoffs, following 2015’s massive cuts. The previous set of layoffs impacted mostly off-air talent, but this round laid claim to some significant on-air personalities (Jason Stark being the most notable, at least to me). As a sports fan, I’ve watched ESPN on and off for the past few decades.

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Bitcoin Is Back, And Its Success (Or Failure) Could Revolutionize Politics
Bitcoin Is Back, And Its Success (Or Failure) Could Revolutionize Politics

The price of one Bitcoin is dancing around $1,000, which means it’s time for the mainstream media to start paying attention again. Cue the comparisons to Beanie Babies and tulip bulbs. Even with its meteoric rise, Bitcoin is still a mystery to most people. Oh, Bitcoin—isn’t that what people use to buy drugs online? Doesn’t

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Why Princess Leia Is The Archetypal Strong Woman Female Leads Can’t Replicate
Why Princess Leia Is The Archetypal Strong Woman Female Leads Can’t Replicate

Carrie Fisher recently passed away, and a million middle-aged hearts broke. Her iconic character Princess Leia was the first movie crush for many men my age, and no character has been able to replace her. Forty years after her introduction, she is still my favorite female movie character. Unlike today, when female action stars abound,

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Articles on Baseball
Ranking All MLB Teams

Ranking All MLB Teams

As I’ve mentioned before, my son and I spend a lot of time following baseball. He likes to come up with different ideas related to our fandom, such as “Who are your favorite players?” and “What are your favorite stadiums?” His latest idea: Rank all 30 MLB teams in order of your favorite to your

A Ballpark Travelogue
A Ballpark Travelogue

Updated 8/28/2017 For the past few years when I’ve attended a Major League Baseball game, I’ve “checked in” using the MLB Ballpark app. It’s been a great way to keep track of the games I’ve been to. I recently noticed that you can manually add past games you’ve attended, going back decades. I thought it

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My 10 Favorite Active Baseball Players
My 10 Favorite Active Baseball Players

The other day my son asked me to name my 10 favorite active baseball players (besides him, of course). I thought it was a good exercise, as I watch a lot of baseball, and who I enjoy watching most changes over time. My all-time favorites are Ken Griffey, Jr. and Eric Davis, but who do

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2017 Baseball Predictions
2017 Baseball Predictions

Last year I made my predictions for the 2016 MLB season, and I did surprisingly well. I picked 3 of 6 division winners, 2 of the 4 wild card teams, and the eventual World Series winner. So, rather than quit while I’m ahead, I thought I’d plunge into making predictions again this year. As with

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