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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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Sooner or Later God’ll Cut You Down

Sooner or Later God’ll Cut You Down

Johnny Cash has a word for warning for Cardinal McCarrick and the bishops who enabled him:

Catholic Answers Live
Catholic Answers Live

I was on Catholic Answers Live last night to talk about evangelization. If you missed it, you can check it out here:  

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The Decline of Ecclesia: A Parable
The Decline of Ecclesia: A Parable

“It’s no good, calling the police,” I explained. “Why not? It’s their job to protect us!” I understood my nephew’s frustration. Our once-beautiful town of Ecclesia has for years been overridden with crime. The police have apparently given up. For a while they did the rounds, making an appearance of fighting crime, while in reality

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What’s the Best Education Option for Catholic Families Today?
What’s the Best Education Option for Catholic Families Today?

It’s a common occurrence for homeschooling parents: you tell someone you homeschool, and the immediate reaction is, “Oh, I could never do that!” For some reason, there’s an immediate defensiveness on the part of the non-homeschooling parent. Because of this, a lot of homeschoolers tend to quickly emphasize that homeschooling isn’t for everyone, and that

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Articles on Catholicism
Want to Grow Spiritually? Get Physical!

Want to Grow Spiritually? Get Physical!

When I was in high school—long, long ago—I had a youth pastor who warned us that the spiritual life wouldn’t always be easy. Sometimes we wouldn’t have the enthusiasm we had as teenagers. As a young, newly-committed Christian, I heard his warning, but I didn’t really listen. I thought I would always be on a

Selection Bias and the Process of Picking Better Bishops
Selection Bias and the Process of Picking Better Bishops

“He’ll be a bishop someday.” That was the prediction in the parish I attended fifteen years ago. Our pastor was a nice man – likable and affable. No one had anything negative to say about him. The best word I can use to describe him is “safe.” He didn’t court controversy and did his job

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The Power of Jesus’ Name
The Power of Jesus’ Name

When I converted from Evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism, I made a lot of theological changes in my life. I expected this, but I didn’t expect that I would be making a lot of sociological changes, too. Every group has its own subculture, and that includes religions. Language is one of the biggest differences. How we talk about

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When Bishops Lose Their Authority
When Bishops Lose Their Authority

While on the scaffold awaiting his execution, St. Thomas More famously declared, “I die the king’s faithful servant, but God’s first.” Throughout the controversy surrounding King Henry’s divorce and remarriage, More was adamant about one thing: he was a servant of the king, and accepted the king’s authority over the land. Although he could not consent

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Articles on Technology
Catholics and Cryptocurrencies: When Opposites Attract

Catholics and Cryptocurrencies: When Opposites Attract

I’ve been involved with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for almost five years now. In that time I’ve noticed among Catholics a hesitation to embrace this new technology. Some of that hesitation comes from ignorance or misinformation. For example, many Catholics believe that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are simply tools for criminals and terrorists, even though, like

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 —

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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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Why I’m Through Being ‘Pro-Life’

Why I’m Through Being ‘Pro-Life’

Thirty years ago, the anti-abortion movement had an image problem. In most media reports, opponents of abortion were depicted as angry men opposing fundamental women’s rights. They were “anti-abortion.” Those who advocated for legalized abortion, on the other hand, were seen in a positive light, championing “choice” and the right to freedom. They were “pro-choice.”

My Limited Patriotism
My Limited Patriotism

I grew up in a conservative town in a conservative family attending a conservative church. By “conservative” I don’t mean politically conservative as much as culturally conservative: we respected our traditions, respected authority, and respected our country. I assumed America’s greatness and unquestionably supported our military and police. However, that respect was challenged when I

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In Defense of the All-Boys Club
In Defense of the All-Boys Club

This week the Boy Scouts of America decided that they are no more. Well, the organization will still exist, but now it will be called “Scouts BSA.” The stated reason for the change is that girls will soon be joining the ranks of the organization, so “Boy Scouts” isn’t an inclusive name. Such a move

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The Surprising Solution to the Facebook Problem
The Surprising Solution to the Facebook Problem

Facebook’s been in the news a lot lately, and not for good reasons. To sum up, Mark Zuckerberg’s juggernaut is working with foreign agents to undermine American democracy, censoring any view to the right of Barbara Streisand, while gathering every bit of data on your life, up to and including what brand of toothpaste you tucked

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Articles on Baseball
The Dumpster Fire That is the 2018 Cincinnati Reds

The Dumpster Fire That is the 2018 Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds, the oldest professional baseball team, have only played eighteen games so far this year, but it already feels like an eternity. They have lost fifteen of those games and are the worst team in baseball. And anyone who has tortured themselves to watch these games (like yours truly) would tell you that,

2018 Baseball Predictions
2018 Baseball Predictions

It’s time for my annual predictions for the upcoming MLB season. Last year I did well, correctly predicting all six division winners, as well as predicting the Astros as the AL Champions. But I completely whiffed on my Wild Card picks, choosing the Mariners, Rays, Mets, and Giants, and I thought the Cubs would repeat as WS

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Make MLB Great Again: Improving Pace of Play
Make MLB Great Again: Improving Pace of Play

Last week Major League Baseball announced some new pace of play rules. Essentially, mound visits are going to be limited to six per nine innings, but there will be no pitch clock, as had been threatened earlier in the winter. Pace of play has been an issue with baseball for some time now. If you

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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

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