Read Here Much? There’s a Support Group for That

There are even ten steps involved, mind the Caravaggio rule.  At my editor's suggestion I've gone and created a Facebook group for readers of this blog:  It's open to the public, thus allowing you to converse with your fellow readers without having to go so far as to be friends with them.To make it interesting, I decided to throw out a discussion question each week or so.  Our inaugural topic concerns the slippery slope fallacy, go take a look and sha … [Read more...]

Why I Love Facebook and the #1 Secret to Radio Success

This Saturday (Sept 5th) I'll be on Outside the Walls with Timothy Putnam talking about parish community-building, the part discipleship plays in that, and how you can go about making it happen.  We'll also be giving away a copy of Sherry Weddell's book Forming Intentional Disciples, so listen in to find out how to put your name in the hat.So you want to be on the radio one day, too? Let me tell you the number one thing you need to do in order to make that happen: Turn your ringer on. … [Read more...]

How to Make Sense of Pope Francis News, This Saturday on Outside the Walls

Yesterday I had more fun than a person should be allowed to have before 10AM, recording my contribution to the July 4th segment of Outside the Walls with Timothy Putnam.  The topic was my blog post on Weird Things Pope Francis Says.  What you get if you tune in Saturday morning:Tim & I talking about communication styles, and how that affects our reading of the Bible, the Pope, and Everything.  (Evangelization is a nice slice of the Everything.) The scoop on how you can get reliable Po … [Read more...]

Pastoral Care on the Radio, Love of God & Neighbor in Print – Updated

UPDATED to fix the link.  My apologies! *** I was amused at some of the reactions to my post about my formative youth group experience.For those who are concerned that I haven't got a pastoral side to me, tune in to the Mike Allen Radio show this Friday morning (or catch it on podcast later), where we'll be talking about how the Church can navigate the challenges of employees who publicly reject Catholic teaching.  Hint: You can get an idea of what I think by reading this post.For tho … [Read more...]

Conference Update: Saturdays Specials, Catholic Success & a Full House for Distracted Parenting 101

A little update from the Midlands Homeschool Convention, where I'm making my home-away-from-home this week:1. Saturday Specials: Free Exhibit Hall Admission for everyone, and $20 family day passes for the workshops.  Worth a look.  Lots of vendors of interest to any parent -- educational toys, books, colleges . . . good stuff.2. The Catholic Exhibit just plain rocks.  Why yes, we are the coolest thing there, though admittedly the Kapla blocks people are a pretty close second. And it's no … [Read more...]

Gone Conferencing . . .

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How Do I Get the Kids to Behave in Class? There’s a book for that.

My book is up on the block today at Simcha Fisher's NFP Week Giveaway extravaganza.  Go enter now, and you can also try for the sauerkraut-making kit and 13 other great prizes.Tomorrow, the good sports will be asking, "Since I didn't win that one copy, should I just spend the $7 on my very own?"Yes, I think you probably should.Classroom Management for Catechists is for you if:You teach religious education. You do some other activity that involves a roomful of monkeys sweet, … [Read more...]