Jason B. Ladd

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

The Croods: Before There Was Fire, Living in a World of Darkness

If you have children, there’s a good chance you’ve seen The Croods.  The Croods follows a prehistoric family who live in a world of darkness and fear.  During the course of the movie, the Croods “. . . embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is […]

Outside the Box: Burgers, Babes, and Obesity

I was recently thinking about deception and empty promises.  In the process, I may have discovered the secret to losing weight and feeling great.  This post connects burgers, babes, and obesity.  How can we eliminate body image issues and burger benders?  Here is one outside-the-box solution: Advertising reform I made this amazing discovery while selecting […]

Cultural Captives: Beliefs, Behavior, and the Future of America

Establishing a coherent and sufficient worldview leads to many questions about life, the world, and yourself. When Jesus spoke with the woman at the well in Samaria, she went back and told the townspeople, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did.” After reading Stephen Cable’s book Cultural Captives: The Beliefs and Behavior […]

A Glimpse of the Future: Paul Predicts Crazytown

Welcome to Crazytown!  I’m glad you’re all here. Before I show you around, I should let you know some things have changed.  Let me just go right down the list: Here in Crazytown, good is bad. Bad can be good. We now use the word truth and belief interchangeably (we get along much better that […]

Listening, Learning, and Leadership

Is it better to be feared, or to be loved? The American war film Twelve O’Clock High explores this Machiavellian question in the context of American bomber squadrons in World War II.  The story unfolds to highlight the similarities and differences between two commanding officers with different leadership styles. The first was close to his men […]

News Flash: No More Monsters, Water Saves

A long time ago I ran into a monster. As I browsed the isles of a giant electronics store, a young man hovering close to my location suddenly approached. “Hey, man.  How’s it going?” he asked. “Good,” I replied. “Hey, do you like energy drinks?” he probed. At that point I had tasted a few, […]

Fighter Pilot: Fighting for Rights and Freedom

One fighter pilot is fighting to stay true to his faith.  Jonathan C. Dowty is an F-16 pilot and author of Christian Fighter Pilot is Not An Oxymoron and runs the website Christianfighterpilot.com. While his book focuses more on fighter pilot subculture, this post will address being a Christian fighter pilot in the broader cultural […]

Keurig: Brewing Up More Than the Perfect Cup

Keurig. If you know what I’m talking about, you’re already a true believer. But there’s something about a Keurig you probably don’t know, and I feel obligated to share my revelation. Let me clarify for the uninitiated. Keurig is a brand of coffee maker optimized for quickly brewing single cups of hot or cold beverages. […]

There is a Time for Everything: Don’t Be Late!

“15 minutes early is on time.  On time is late.  Late is dead.” These were there words staring down at me from above the chalk board in my junior high school music classroom.  I’m pretty sure there was a skull and crossbones next to the world “dead.” I never thought it made sense–taken literally and […]

Choose Life: Defending Our Most Precious and Vulnerable Gifts

(To the tune of “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To” by Lesley Gore) Nobody knows where my boyfriend has gone My friends all left the same time Why were they scowling at me When they’re supposed to be kind?   It’s my body, and I’ll choose if I want to Choose if I […]