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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...

Episode 9: Comparing MLB Ballparks

Episode 9: Comparing MLB Ballparks

I recently went on a road trip with my son and daughter to some different MLB ballparks, and so I thought I’d compare the ballparks I’ve visited over the years: the good (Progressive Field, Camden Yards), the bad (Tropicana Field, RFK...

Episode 7: The Bitcoin Blocksize Debate

Episode 7: The Bitcoin Blocksize Debate

What is the Bitcoin Blocksize Debate and why should you care? In this episode, I discuss the civil war going on in the Bitcoin community, and how it might impact the future of Bitcoin and all cryptocurrencies. Resources: Fulfilling...

Episode 6: Mass Evangelization

Episode 6: Mass Evangelization

What is the relationship between the liturgy and evangelization? How does an impoverished liturgy harm evangelization efforts? How does a beautiful liturgy help evangelize? I’ll be discussing this in today’s episode: “Mass...

Episode 5: My 10 Favorite Active Baseball Players

Episode 5: My 10 Favorite Active Baseball Players

Top 10 List! I reveal my 10 favorite active baseball players in the game today. I’ll give you a hint: neither Brandon Phillips nor any Yankee or Cardinal make the list. Resources: Original Article: My 10 Favorite Active Baseball Players My...