Jason B. Ladd

Ask the Questions. Embrace the Answers. Make the Leap.

Endowed by Their Creator: Military Prayers from America’s Leaders

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First Principles Press has released book chronicling the history of prayer in America’s military establishment.  “Endowed by Their Creator”: A Collection of Historic American Military Prayers 1774-Present is a must-read for service members seeking to understand the history and role of prayer in the military.   Since the founding of our country, our presidents and […]

Jesus (not) Christ: Preaching the Bad News in the News

  Have you heard the “good news“ of the Jesus of history? It goes like this: A man so loved the world that he railed against the powers that be, only to fail and end up with billions of followers over thousands of years living their lives in his name under false pretenses. Maybe that’s […]

Mennonites, Rebirth, and Hymns in the Tetons

“Shh! . . . Do you hear that?” I froze under the moonlight and listened carefully. Someone was singing.  Was it the radio?  No, it was too clear. A full embodied harmony drifted through the Wyoming air and glided into our campsite at the base of the Grand Tetons. “Is that the radio?” I asked […]

Spirit of Obedience, Spirit of Rebellion

Spirit of obedience, spirit of rebellion. Which spirit are we to embrace regarding laws and rules?  Is compliance optional?  Is it mandatory?  Is it a question of morality, or merely preference? As always, it depends on the situation and your worldview. Have you ever been accused of being a “rule follower?”  How about a “rebel?” How […]

Are You Wiser than a 5th Grader?

You have probably not been asked if you are wiser than a 5th grader.  “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” was an American game show which matched adults against children to decide who could best answer questions taken from elementary school text books from first through fifth grade. It’s humorous and a bit embarrassing […]

Just War Theory and Evangelism Part 5: Jus post Bellum

Today’s post is part 5 in a 5-part series relating components of just war theory to the field of evangelism. We’ll continue to juxtapose physical and spiritual warfare by comparing the rightness of waging war with the rightness of sharing your faith. Here is a review of the concepts covered in this series (click on each […]

Just War Theory and Evangelism Part 4: Proportionate Response

I recently spoke with someone who held different beliefs than my own.  At one point, my familiarity with proportionate response kept me from doing thoughtless damage. Today’s post is part 4 in a 5-part series relating components of just war theory to the field of evangelism. We’ll continue to juxtapose physical and spiritual warfare by comparing […]

Just War Theory and Evangelism Part 3: Escalation of Force

Have you ever gotten defensive with someone who didn’t agree with you?  Are you unsure about the proper way to respond when things heat up?  Are you passionate about your faith, confident about your future, and burdened with a desire to share a sacred truth? Today’s study on escalation of force may help you share […]