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Podcast Episode: The Blessed Virgin Mary

  /   Saturday, May 31, 2014   /   Comments(0)

I’ve just posted a new podcast episode.

Get it here.

I must admit that this one is much later than I planned it.  I wanted to have something posted on the Blessed Virgin Mary in May, which is the month in which we especially honor her.  However, here I am at 11:20 PM CDT on May 31st putting this up.

Just for fun, in the first segment, I decided to introduce Benedict, my second son, to the podcast listeners.  He actually stayed with me for the second segment as my co-host.  I did this with Simon when he was first born, so now that I’m back to podcasting, it’s Benedict’s turn.  Then, in the second segment, I did a quick overview of the Church’s teaching on the Blessed Virgin Mary.  If you want something more extensive on the subject, I did do an RCIA teaching that you can get here.

I’ve been doing some tweaks to try to improve the sound quality of my podcasts, and I think this is the best audio quality I’ve been able to achieve to date.  If you’ve been listening to other shows, you may wish to turn your volume down before listening to this one because it actually has a higher volume level.  Enjoy!

Category: Podcasts

Lunch Break: How Can We Know

  /   Monday, May 26, 2014   /   Comments(0)

I have posted another Lunch Break edition of my podcast.

Get it here.

This is the second part of my short talks on how God can be known. We cannot scientifically prove the things of God, but neither can we scientifically prove that all knowledge can be proven by science. We can know who God is through revelation and history. The third and final talk in this series will be posted hopefully next week.

Category: Uncategorized

Lunch Break: God Must Be Everything

  /   Monday, May 19, 2014   /   Comments(0)

I have posted another Lunch Break edition of my podcast.

Get it here.

While I have tried to be less focused on apologetics in my Lunch Break shows, this show is definitely more focused on them.  I’ve seen a lot of people in life who treat the things of God as nice ideas (if that) rather than something that should affect our whole lives.  God has revealed himself in love to us.  This is good news.  We can know that there is a purpose to life.  Because of this, God must be everything, and everything needs to point to him.

Category: Podcasts

My Redesigned Web Page

  /   Saturday, May 17, 2014   /   Comments(0)

Ok, hopefully this is the last post about my site.  I finally decided how I wanted to my site to look, and I found out it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought to accomplish it. I have more work to do, and I think I will just make updates to this post rather than keep posting about the site.

From about 2005 – 2010, I had a site and a blog that were similar in appearance and developed on a content management system that I had personally created. However, the need to move the page resulted in my creating a new site rather hurriedly because the new server couldn’t support my system. I could not remake a blogging system, so I used WordPress with a theme that didn’t match my page. I have realized that my blog is the main thing that gets content, so I decided to make it the focus of my site. From now on, going to www.davidancell.com will take you to the blog that now has the name of my web page. If you use the old address, you will be redirected.

I built my own WordPress theme, and I literally learned how to do this last week. I used my old blog from 2005 as the model. Needless to say, it still needs some work. I still need to:

Recreate my links and blogroll. Update: Links and blogroll are back up, as well as the page of recommended books.

Restore the ability to comment Update: Comments are working again!

Replace that logo. That picture of me looks like my toddler kept me up for three nights straight, but it’s from 2005, when he didn’t exist.  Update:  I did it!  My wife took my picture for a new logo, and now I’ve got it up.

And last but not least . . . Make this design responsive so you don’t have to zoom on a mobile device. I just had it but lost it. Update: I have started on this. If you use this site on a smartphone or tablet, you should notice that the sidebar drops to the bottom. My next project is to add a menu and search that can be accessed from the top of the page when using a mobile device.

I hope you will enjoy the new site!

Update #1:  I just added an RSS Feed link so you can subscribe to the blog.  I also managed to get my links to my Twitter feed, Google+ page, and main site back on the page.

Update on 6/28/2014: As I am learning some tricks, I have done more with this site than I thought I was going to do. I have added custom fonts and changed the look of the sidebar a bit. The biggest thing you will notice is that I have added a top menu bar. Even on a mobile device the button that reveals the hidden menu looks like the menu bar. The main thing I need to do is fix the logo at the top. I just need to get a new picture taken. Any ideas for what that should look like?

One thing that I will say is that, while his page should work on older browsers, I am targeting newer ones. I know it looks funny on any version of Internet Explorer older than version 9.

Update on 7/6/2014:  My web page has now been officially redesigned.  I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.  In the future, I want to revise the code for HTML 5, but that’s an under-the-hood project that may not even be noticed.  It will take a long time as I need to read up more on HTML 5.  Of course, as I learn more, there may still be some design changes.

Category: News on My Life, Technology

Something Other Than God

  /   Friday, May 16, 2014   /   Comments(0)

I have heard, and I believe, that there is a “God-shaped hole” in each of us. If we don’t give our lived to God, we are going to give our lives to something to try to fill that hole. That something will never satisfy us because we were made for God. However, I wonder how it is perceived by people who do not believe. I have to think that God would make it possible to know what it is that is missing as he is madly searching for us. He loves us. I wonder if many atheists have such anger against believers because deep inside, they know they are wrong.

Earlier this week, I finished reading Jennifer Fulwiler’s Something Other Than God, and I want to join the release party. Fulwiler is a very witty and gifted writer. A couple of good examples can be found here and here.

She was not a notorious sinner, but she was an atheist. Faced with the feeling of the logical conclusion that she would one day cease to exist, she tried to drown out that feeling with exciting life experiences and a career. Then came motherhood. Her experience drove her to explore the questions by starting a blog and getting people to discuss his with her. She tries going to Mass and even living the moral teaching of the Church, even though it really affected her life through a serious medical condition. In the end, she became Catholic. At the same time, her husband was exploring as well and came into the Church with her.

Too bad I have to sleep and go to work. It was hard to put this book down. The book is both funny and fascinating, and I’d especially recommend it to anyone who struggles with not only belief in God but also trust in him.

Category: Books

New Podcast Home

  /   Thursday, May 15, 2014   /   Comments(0)

After having done several Lunch Break shows (and having a new full episode in the works), I’ve started to realize that keeping separate pages and feeds for the shows was probably not the best idea.  So, I’ve combined both Lunch Break and the regular show into one site, and I’ve even updated the existing links on this blog to point to the new site.  The address is:


I’ve even added the few surviving episodes from The David Ancell Podcast that I used to record around 2006 – 2007.  Most episodes were lost in a hard drive crash, but if I can ever find them, I’ll try to get them posted.  Better yet, my recorded talks from Incarnation RCIA are up there also.  I figured it would make it easier both for people to find and for me to maintain if I used one area of my site for all of my recorded talks.  Please be sure to update your subscriptions in iTunes to the new feed because the only thing I plan to add to them in the future is a message that everything has been moved.  I’m planning some more revisions to my whole site in the coming months, so please keep watching.

Category: Podcasts

Lunch Break: Keeping the Presence of God

  /   Monday, May 12, 2014   /   Comments(0)

My next Lunch Break episode is now post:

Go hear to get it.

In this podcast, I talk about how all created things point to God who created them, and we can use this fact to be mindful of the presence of God. It’s not a substitute for going to Mass, but, rather, it’s a way of keeping God’s presence in mind after we leave Mass.

Category: Podcasts

Lunch Break: Making Jesus Christ More Known and Loved

  /   Monday, May 05, 2014   /   Comments(0)

I’ve posted another Lunch Break episode to the site this morning.

Go here to get it.

I’ve never liked to be in long discussions where everything begins with “this nation” or something like that.  Sure, we do live in an era where society pretty much tries to run itself as though God doesn’t exist.  However, we can do our part to bring a whole nation  back to Our Lord, but we’ll need to do it wherever we are with whomever we can reach.

Category: Podcasts


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