“If I Were the Devil”: A Theological Version

On March 15, 2014, in Belief, Faith, God, Jesus Christ, by Derrick G. Jeter

Radio commentator and storyteller, Paul Harvey was famous for his folksy essays about life and culture, and for his signature sign off: “Now you know the rest of the story. Paul Harvey. Good day.” One of his most famous essays was penned in 1964: “If I Were the Devil.” In it Harvey described the things […]

“Sovereignty: God, State, and Self”: A Book Review

On March 7, 2014, in Abortion, Belief, Books, Christian, Culture, God, by Derrick G. Jeter

To Augustine and Aquinas, Luther and Calvin, and others who lived in the misnamed and therefore misleading Dark Ages, God alone was sovereign. Church and state were virtually one. God’s sovereignty on earth being administered by prophet and priest. But then came the great rebellion, the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. God’s sovereignty was bound and […]

The First Amendment Be Damned: Evolution and the Threat to Religious Liberty

On January 16, 2014, in America, Belief, Faith, Freedom, Liberty, Philosophy, Politics, Truth, U.S. Constitution, by Derrick G. Jeter

“I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey,” Charles Darwin wrote in 1871, “as from a savage who . . . is haunted by the grossest superstitions.” And millions of Darwin’s acolytes voiced a resounding “amen.” It matters not that biologists have never observed or duplicated mutations, even in the simplest organism, […]

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

On December 25, 2013, in Belief, Carols, Christmas, Civil War, Faith, God, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased. Peace on earth, good will to men—this the message of Christmas. But in a world filled with wars and rumors of war the words from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s beloved Christmas carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” […]

Phil Robertson, Homosexuality, and the First Amendment

On December 21, 2013, in America, Belief, Bible, Bill of Rights, Culture, Faith, Freedom, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

As fans of Duck Dynasty know by now (even non-fans know by now), Phil Robertson—the patriarch of the duck hunting, duck call-making Robertson clan—has been put on “indefinite suspension” by A&E for remarks made in GQ about homosexuality. Out of Drew Magary’s lengthy article, “What the Duck?” the offending comments followed a question about what […]

Fifty Years and Beyond: The Legacies of John F. Kennedy and C. S. Lewis

On November 30, 2013, in Belief, Death, History, President, by Derrick G. Jeter

Fifty years ago today three great men died. In life, though all achieved literary and international acclaim, they could not have been more different. In death, the one overshadowed the two—as the death of Princess Diana overshadowed the death of Mother Teresa. But as was true of the princess and the prioress, so was true […]

Kirsten Powers, Liberalism, and Jesus Christ

On July 19, 2013, in America, Belief, Christian, Christianity, Faith, Gospel, Grace, Jesus Christ, Politics, by Derrick G. Jeter

The myth is pervasive and persistent. And no amount of reality has yet dispelled it. Those who cling to the myth—who believe the reality of their own imaginings—are ignorant either of faith or politics, or both. In truth, the myth isn’t only silly, it’s stupid. But many on either side of the pew and either […]

Make Your Life Count … Everyday

On April 9, 2013, in Belief, Calling, Character, Grace, Philosophy, Purpose in Life, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Time is a faithful servant but a fearsome master. Dr. Seuss illustrates this in his delightful book, Oh, The Places You Go. It’s a story about life’s journey, which doesn’t always take you to the places you want to go—like “The Waiting Place,” where people are Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for […]

“What Is Marriage?”: A Review

On March 12, 2013, in Belief, Bible, Books, Culture, Family, Government, Love, Marriage, Philosophy, Politics, Same-Sex Marriage, Sex, Truth, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

What is marriage? This seemingly straightforward question is proving difficult to answer these days. But it’s the question the Supreme Court will have to wrestle with and answer as it considers 1996 The Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, and California’s Proposition 8, which amended the […]

The Serpent and the Dove

On December 3, 2012, in America, Barack Obama, Belief, Christianity, Culture, Faith, God, Government, Muslims, Politics, by Derrick G. Jeter

Jesus was no fool. He knew the twelve men He selected as His disciples would need hands-on experience in the real world if they were to be successful in the discipleship business. So, “Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority” and a warning: “‘Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst […]