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Episode 21: Evangelization in Fiction

Episode 21: Evangelization in Fiction

I recently published a short story, and it got me to thinking about the role of fiction in evangelization. Should Christians evangelize through fiction? If so, how best to do that? Resources: My short story The Profession    

Episode 20: The USCCB and Economics Don’t Mix

Episode 20: The USCCB and Economics Don’t Mix

Recently, the USCCB released a statement regarding the possible repeal and replacement of Obamacare. It reminded me, once again, that most Catholic bishops don’t understand economics and should refrain from speaking about topic. Resources...

Episode 19: Growing Up Red

Episode 19: Growing Up Red

Last night I went to a Cincinnati Reds game, and in this podcast I’m going to talk about my lifetime love of the Reds. Resources: Cincinnati Reds Official Page Redleg Nation

Episode 16: Writing Fiction

Episode 16: Writing Fiction

I recently published my first work of fiction, a short story titled “The Profession.” It was a fascinating and fun process to write, and so I thought I discuss what I learned in the process, as well as how it compares and contrasts to...

Episode 15: Charlie Gard and Parental Rights

Episode 15: Charlie Gard and Parental Rights

The Charlie Gard case has provoked global controversy, with even Pope Francis and Donald Trump getting involved. I’ll be discussing this tragic situation particularly in how it relates to parental rights. Resources: What to Know About...

Episode 14: Catholic Patriotism

Episode 14: Catholic Patriotism

What does it mean to be a Catholic patriot? What are the obligations of a Catholic towards his or her country? Are there limitations to our patriotism? If so, what are they? In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, I’ll be...

Episode 13: A Better Bitcoin?

Episode 13: A Better Bitcoin?

Bitcoin might be the first – and biggest – cryptocurrency, but it isn’t the only one. Other cryptocurrencies are trying to fulfill Bitcoin’s original vision better than Bitcoin itself. Today I’m going to discuss one...

Episode 12: Where We Got the New Testament

Episode 12: Where We Got the New Testament

How was the New Testament formed? Who decided which books were inspired, and which books were not? What criteria did they use? I’ll be discussing these questions in today’s podcast. Resources: The Formation of the New Testament Canon...

Episode 11: Catholicism and Islam, Part 2

Episode 11: Catholicism and Islam, Part 2

In Part 2 of this two-part series, I look at the similarities and differences between Catholicism and Islam. I also discuss the question: “What should be the Catholic response to Islam?” (Hint: see Matthew 28:19-20.) Resources...

Episode 10: Catholicism and Islam, Part 1

Episode 10: Catholicism and Islam, Part 1

With the rise of radical Islamic terrorism, everyone’s talking about Islam. Among Catholics exists a wide variety of opinion regarding Islam: from complete acceptance and tolerance to declaring it diabolical. How should a Catholic view...