Jason B. Ladd

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James, Jared, and Jihad: Tragedy in the Search for Meaning, Pleasure, and Paradise

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The opening of a mass murderer’s diary, the sentence of a fitness icon, and the death of a terrorist mastermind—no, hostage-mind—all challenge the notion that people are good. They challenge the notion of goodness itself. James The notebook of James Holmes, the mass murderer in the Aurora, Colorado theatre shooting was released. Upon the graph-ruled […]

The Routine (Excerpt from One of the Few)

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An excerpt from One of the Few. Pre-order today, buy a book for the troops, and help me reach my funding goal by March 22nd! (Update: our pre-order funding goal was met! Stay tuned for the official launch in November!) My alarm buzzed at 6:00 p.m. Time to wake up. I rolled out of the bottom bunk and […]

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 […]

Game of War and War as Game

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“Do you wanna come and play?” asks Kate Upton to promote Game of War in one of the most talked-about Super Bowl ads this year. She’s sporting the garb of Game of Thrones, but this is no HBO series. It’s not a movie either. It’s a video game. Upton’s enlistment brings glamour to the otherwise […]

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 […]

Syria On-line: A Glimpse of a Defiant Worldview

“We were born to fight and resist.” This Facebook comment reportedly written by the son of Syrian Presdient Bashar al-Assad gives us a glimpse of a defiant worldview. It also supplies an answer to one of the great questions in life: Why are we here?  How you answer this question affects how you live your […]

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 […]

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 […]