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Catholic Wealth and Spending

Introduction A subject of both urban legend and plenty of nasty memes, the Catholic Church’s wealth and spending habits are frequently attacked. What is the Catholic church doing with all its money (besides paying off the Illuminati, and covertly running the world bank, of course)? I cannot go into much detail because, frankly, I don’t know (and…

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Escaping the Vicious Life

Introduction I don’t know if the young people these days use “vicious” as a word that sounds bad but means good (like “wicked,” “sick,” or, well, “bad” itself), but if they do, that’s not how I mean it here. I also do not mean the modern definition of being “deliberately cruel or violent.” Rather, I am…

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What We Tell Our Kids About Santa

Introduction “What do you tell your kids about Santa Claus?” This question can strike fear into the hearts of many Christians. The issue is that while most of us love Christmas, and many of us will even admit to enjoying “the whole Santa thing,” we do not wish to lie to our kids. It may…

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What is Advent?

Happy New Year! In many Christian traditions the season of Advent marks the start of the Liturgical Year. It begins four Sundays before Christmas and lasts until Christmas. The word “advent” comes form the Latin adventus meaning “arrival” or “coming,” and is a time of remembrance of / preparation for the two comings of Jesus Christ (the first being the period before Jesus’…

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Which Side is the Gas Tank On?

My mind was blown recently when a TED Talks speaker explained how we have all been tying our shoes incorrectly our whole lives. Following close upon this was another lesson I was taught while talking to my friend Gabe on the phone as I pulled into a gas station. I was complaining about having switched…

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Metal for the Mature

Introduction I came of musical age in 1984 when many of that decade’s top rock and metal bands were at their pinnacle. American metal went though some hard times in the 90′s with the rise of the Grunge movement, but I had some alternative underground Christian bands to get me through college. Little did I…

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Was Jesus a Parrothead?

This one is mostly for fun. The story behind it is that I had some friends who won an all-expense paid trip to a Jimmy Buffett concert. Although they did not know/like his music, they decided to go anyway for the free meal and hand out tracts at the concert. Foreseeing disaster, I made one…

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Some of My Favorite Apps

I have multiple jobs and multiple computers to go with them at home and at various offices. Needless to say, it can all get real messy. Here are a few of my favorite (free!) apps that help me stay organized and efficient. Last Pass LastPass securely stores all of your usernames, passwords, and even form information.…

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Weapons of Non-Destruction

For those who do not wish to (or who, for reasons of law, cannot) carry a concealed handgun, knife, or similarly violent weapon, some sort of spray device - like mace or pepper spray - is often carried as an alternative. And even for those who do carry another weapon, it’s a good idea to have something non-destructive that can be employed to stop…

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Rules of Firearm Safety

Introduction I have encountered many rules of gun safety. Most are good, but some can be confusing and / or misleading. Some sets are too complicated or numerous to remember, others are brief but require so much explanation to avoid potential misunderstandings that it becomes a law book instead of a list. Here are my thoughts on the…