Jason B. Ladd

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

The Force Awakens, Hits Snooze and Sleeps In

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Stars Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has taken over the world. And rightfully so. (Photo left: Lego Vader brandishing a light shaver, “I can’t believe I slept in again.”) I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I grew up on Star Wars. And I’m taking my family to see The Force Awakens on opening night […]

3 Effective Antidotes To The Decline of Freedom

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A wave of recent events thrust the idea of freedom into the forefront of a cultural debate on human rights. Often galvanized by controversies surrounding life and death–of children and lions–freedom is pursued as passionately as it is defended. And what can we do about it? Georgia Tech recently hosted an open forum with Dr. Ravi […]

A Response to Buddhist-Based Training in the Corps

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This is my response to recently proposed Buddhist-based training in the Corps. While Christ is being involuntary separated from the Marines, the Buddha is expanding his sphere of influence in the military’s latest pilot project to address rising numbers of suicides and cases of PTSD. If Christ is retired as the military’s longest ranking spiritual mentor, he […]

Book Review of Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life

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God will never give you more than you can handle. That’s one of the most frequently misquoted lines of Scripture. It’s not in the Bible, and it’s not true. In fact, God frequently gives us more than we can handle. Sometimes it’s the only way to get his messages across: You’re doing it wrong You cannot […]

Awakening: Open Your Eyes and Become Alive

Some mornings it’s hard to wake up.  The room is cold; the covers are warm and soft.  It’s dark, and it’s early.  It just doesn’t make sense to get out of bed. Becoming Awake But you don’t have a choice; you have to go to work, so you hit the snooze and close your eyes. […]

Practical Tips for Christmas Morning

During the Christmas season, we should remember why December 25th is a day for celebration.  This day marks the birth of Jesus Christ, the most significant man in history.  If you read His book, you will live your life as it was intended to be lived.  It is not a promise of a smooth, trouble-free […]

Safety First: Shove Something in That Kid’s Mouth

It’s that time of year.  It’s time for all the stories about perilous playthings and toxic toys.  Remember: Safety First! The news is too negative.  Let’s do something different. Let’s take a more positive approach and encourage each other to find things we can safely shove into our kids’ mouths this Christmas Season. We’ll start […]

Unintelligible Communication: What Are We to Do?

Unintelligible sign language presented at a memorial service ignited controversy and sparked outrage around the world.  Those trained in sign language described the gestures as meaningless, shameful, and an absolute circus. Absolute gibberish was conveyed alongside meaningful language, and most of us had no idea. Those of use who are not trained in sign language […]

VBS and VEO: Which One Threatens the Fate of America?

I never thought I would place Vacation Bible School (VBS) and Violent Extremist Organization (VEO) in the same sentence. Christians have lived peacefully in the military for hundreds of years. So what’s up with all the hooplah? Why do Christians suddenly have to prove they are not a violent terrorists because they follow Jesus? Oops […]

Project-X: Tommy The Chimpanzee’s Fight to Take Flight

Tommy the chimpanzee might be taking flight soon, but not by plane and abetted by Matthew Broderick (reference Project-X, 1987).  Tommy’s advocates are fighting for his right to flee captivity. “Lawsuit Filed Today on Behalf of Chimpanzee Seeking Legal Personhood.” That is the title of a recent story put out by the Nonhuman Rights Project. […]