Jason B. Ladd

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

A History of Thanksgiving in the New Testament

Thanksgiving is upon us.  It is a time to understand the history of Thanksgiving and express our gratitude for all we have been given. It’s a time to be thankful not only for things, but for circumstances. This post will look at the history of thanksgiving in the Pauline Epistles.  We are far removed from […]

Trick-or-Treat: Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

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Should Christians celebrate Halloween?  What do kids really fear on Halloween night? Razor blades in the lollipops, right? What frightens adults more than that? People who don’t celebrate Halloween That’s what you might think when you tell someone you don’t celebrate Halloween. It’s understandable. I grew up trick-or-treating.  But for now, I choose not to […]

Apologetics: It’s Not About Saying You’re Sorry

Apologetics.  It sounds like you want to apologize for something.  Actually, it’s quite the opposite. The word apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia (áπολογíα), pronounced appo-LOH-jiyah. Apologia means “speaking in defense” or “to give a defense of.” Apologetics is the discipline of defending a position through the systematic use of information. Your Faith Is Not […]

Futility Recipe: Unbeatable Answers to Unasked Questions

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Have you ever preached the Gospel on deaf ears?  Are you frustrated by polite listeners who tuned you out after the word “Jesus?”  Do you want to know how you can be better prepared the next time you share your faith? This post will look at two futile scenarios: Sharing the Gospel with someone without […]

Ratio Christi: Bringing Students Back to Life

If you’ve never heard of Ratio Christi, you will. I recently attended the Ratio Christi (RC) Symposium held at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC.  Ratio Christi is the “reason of Christ.”  The level of scholarship, caliber of speakers, and depth of substance covered over the two-day period was unmatched. Mission The mission of Ratio […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]