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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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St. Billy Graham?

St. Billy Graham?

Billy Graham, the famous Protestant evangelist, died yesterday at the age of 99. Graham, of course, is one of the best-known and beloved Americans of the 20th century. He met with every President since Truman, and his evangelistic crusades led millions of people to commit their lives to Christ. By all accounts, he was a

Armed Guards at Schools Aren’t the Answer
Armed Guards at Schools Aren’t the Answer

The nation witnessed another school shooting last week, this time in Florida. And like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, the Left flocked to the tragedy in order to scream for more gun control. Of course, with the Left everything is about control, for they want the government to run every aspect of our

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My First Conversion
My First Conversion

My conversion to Catholicism was the most important moment of my life, leading me into the Church Christ founded. But this conversion when I was 21 years old was actually my second religious conversion. The first happened five years previously. Although I consider the conversion to Catholicism as more significant, if not for my first conversion, that

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Super Bowl Culture-Changing Commercials
Super Bowl Culture-Changing Commercials

I’m not a big football fan. I don’t watch any of the regular season, and just a little of the playoffs. But I’m an American, so I do usually watch the Super Bowl, if not for the game, then for the commercials. Super Bowl commercials are a cultural touchstone—they often give an accurate reflection of

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Articles on Catholicism
When the Parish Next Door Doesn’t Work

When the Parish Next Door Doesn’t Work

What do you call a Calvinist who attends Mass whenever he’s traveling? That’s my friend Andrew. We’ve been friends since high school, back when we were both Protestant. Now I’m Catholic but he’s still a committed Calvinist, although he’s not only friendly to Catholicism, he also knows more Catholic doctrine than ninety percent of Catholics.

Jesus Isn’t Your Buddy
Jesus Isn’t Your Buddy

“Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?” If you have ever moved in Evangelical Protestant circles, you’ve probably been asked this question. A fundamental presupposition of Evangelical theology is that each person is called to a “personal relationship” with Jesus, and it is this relationship that brings us salvation. Driving this “personal relationship” theology is

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Are You Ready for the Singularity?
Are You Ready for the Singularity?

If you’re over forty, picture life when you were a child: no cell phones, no email, no Alexa…and self-driving cars were on The Jetsons, not the nightly news. Even those who grew up this century have seen incredible changes in their lifetimes. (Just ten years ago the now-ubiquitous iPhone was introduced.) And not only has technology

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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

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Where Are the Flying Cars?

Where Are the Flying Cars?

I took a road trip recently from Cincinnati to Washington, DC. This trip is a familiar one to me; in the 1990’s I traveled between the two cities by car at least twice a year. As I was driving, it struck me that as much as the world has changed in the past quarter century —

Top Cryptocurrencies of 2017
Top Cryptocurrencies of 2017

To say 2017 was a good year for cryptocurrencies would be like saying 2016 was a good year for Donald Trump impersonators. The total value of cryptocurrencies has surged from $17 billion on January 1st to over $580 billion — a greater than 3,300% increase in just twelve months. But which coins were the top

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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

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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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Gamification: Disturber of the Peace

Gamification: Disturber of the Peace

The rage today in the business world is gamification. Taking a cue from the incredible decades-long success of video games, companies are looking to mimic them in non-gaming situations, integrating gaming features in non-gaming applications and activities. But has the explosion of gamification techniques in all aspects of our lives led to less peaceful, more stressful

A Tale of Two Trumps
A Tale of Two Trumps

During the 2016 presidential campaign I made no secret that I wasn’t voting for Trump. I even joined the #NeverTrump cause (although I declared I would never vote for him before the movement really started). And sure enough, come November 8, 2016 I didn’t vote for Trump (or for Hillary). I had two primary fears about

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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

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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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Articles on Baseball
Cincinnati Reds 2018 Preseason Preview

Cincinnati Reds 2018 Preseason Preview

Spring Training starts this week, which means it’s time for hope, optimism, and dreams of a World Championship…But I’m a Cincinnati Reds fan, so my dreams are a bit more reserved. Can we just try for a .500 record? Since 1990, the Reds have experienced just eight winning seasons (out of 27). The 2010-2013 Reds

My 2018 Hall of Fame Ballot
My 2018 Hall of Fame Ballot

The past two years I’ve posted my own votes for the Hall of Fame (2017, 2016), and I’ve decided to keep the tradition alive. Note that after each name is the player’s career WAR. Related: My Hall of Fame Ballot (Podcast) No-Doubter Last year there weren’t any no-doubters, but this year there sure is: Chipper Jones (85.0). He

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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

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A Ballpark Travelogue
A Ballpark Travelogue

Updated 9/28/2017 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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