Eric Metaxas’ Unfortunate History

On October 19, 2016, in Abraham Lincoln, America, Books, Founding Fathers, History, Pilgrims, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Sigh! I like Eric Metaxas. I really do. But his fast and loose use of history is growing wearisome—and worrisome. This is especially true with his latest book, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty. The title of his book comes from a conversation between Benjamin Franklin and Elizabeth Powel, a […]

“Founders’ Son”: The Fathers in Abraham Lincoln’s Life

When Abraham Lincoln departed his Springfield, Illinois home in 1861, to be inaugurated as the sixteenth President of the United States, he told his friends and neighbors that the task before him was “more difficult than that which devolved upon General Washington.” One could argue the historical accuracy of that claim, but all must agree […]

Into the Tempest of the Living

On August 5, 2013, in Abraham Lincoln, America, Freedom, Liberty, Patriotism, by Derrick G. Jeter

The other day I stood atop a mountain. I and other led a group of Jr. High boys into the backcountry of America. There, in the wilderness, virtually cutoff from what passes as civilization, without cell service, Internet access, Facebook, Twitter, or email, I was reminded of how beautiful America is—not just her physical and […]

Gettysburg, the Union, and the Fourth of July

On July 4, 2013, in Abraham Lincoln, America, Civil War, Courage, Freedom, Heroes, History, July 4, Liberty, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Robert E. Lee and his army were soaked through when they marched south on the morning of July 4, 1863. The blood and sweat poured out over the past three days had been for naught. And the gloom of the Army of Northern Virginia matched the gloom of the weather. Lee had marched his more […]

The Aspirational Inaugural

Barack Obama, at his second swearing in, placed his hand on two Bibles, one owned by Abraham Lincoln and one belonging to Martin Luther King Jr. One man white, one man black, both committed to civil rights. The symbolism was rich. Too bad, however, neither the spirit of Lincoln’s magnanimity nor the spirit of King’s […]

The Wilsonian Obama

On January 24, 2013, in Abraham Lincoln, America, Barack Obama, Freedom, Government, History, Liberty, Politics, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

When President Obama was first elected in 2008 many compared him to the other lanky Illinoisan who made an improbable run to win the White House. At the time, too much was made of the similarities between Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama. But some similarities were worth noting, as I wrote then: Both won their […]

Why Romney Will Win the Presidency . . . Unless He Doesn’t

Like fungus growing on a putrified log, superstitions abound in politics. During the 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton’s campaign manager, James Carville, practiced the smelly superstition, when things were going well, of wearing the same underwear for days on end. Talk about fungus! And since Clinton won that year there were many good days—and no […]

Lincoln’s 9/11

On this, the eleventh anniversary of the terrorists attack on America, it’s appropriate that we reflect and remember, pause and pray. It’s appropriate that we read the names of those who lost their lives in New York City, Washington D.C., and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It’s appropriate that we give and listen to speeches. It’s appropriate […]

Is America Still a Nation Under God?

Sitting at a desk in the Boston office of Youth’s Companion magazine, a 37 year old former clergyman took a scrap of paper and began scribbling what he hoped would be an expression of “intelligent patriotism”—a love of the American ideal. France Bellamy wrote: I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for […]

2011 in Review

Bowing to the year in review tradition, I offer my top ten articles for 2011. These aren’t necessarily the most popular essays or the ones that received the most comments. Rather, these articles are the ones that dealt with important events or I just had a special affinity towards. I hope you’ll give them a […]