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November 5, 2014

Answering apologetics questions for a living can sometimes feel a bit like riding a unicycle on a high wire, fifty feet up, no safety net, with only a tiny umbrella for counterbalance—in a hailstorm. When done well, it can draw oohs and ahs from onlookers. When you falter, the results can also be spectacular but not in a good way.

I started thinking about this when my Facebook newsfeed exploded with reactions to a...

July 30, 2014

It's become something of a genre for advice columnists: What not to say to: a pregnant woman, a grieving parent, ...

March 12, 2014

Many people dislike platitudes. Just the other day, I was part of a conversation on Facebook in which the original poster was complaining about the silliness of saying, "Count rainbows, not thunderstorms, and walk on." The thread participants all riffed on this platitude, and my contribution was that paying attention to the rainbows instead of the storm while walking is a great way to ...

October 7, 2013

One of my favorite features in Reader's Digest is "Secrets Your [insert service provider] Won't Tell You." Whether the service provider is your waiter, plumber, landscape architect, human resource manager, Little League coach, veterinarian, or congressman, this feature offers sometimes helpful, sometimes outrageous glimpses into their jobs. You can learn a lot about how to approach these people in the most effective ways to get the services you either need or desire. Why do they...

August 30, 2013

In one of my earlier blog posts entitled The Kerygma Enigma, I wrote of the essential importance of the initial preaching or proclamation of the basic Gospel message in the process of evangelization. After more than twenty years in professional pastoral ministry, I have become quite convinced that one of the reasons why we Catholics tend to be so weak and ineffectual at evangelization is the fact that we...