Fourteen for 2014

On January 1, 2014, in Bible, God, New Year's, by Derrick G. Jeter

Tradition continues with my annual resolutions for the New Year. This year, however, it’s not so much about resolutions as it is about eternal truths that if put into practice will make 2014 a very good year—regardless of what will take place on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue. Love God to the nth […]

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 […]

The Bible and Immigration Reform

On August 26, 2013, in America, Bible, Immigration, by Derrick G. Jeter

The following article was originally published by The Christian Post on August 21, 2013. I include it here because the subject is important to our national debate regarding immigration reform. At the end, I’ve also included a critical comment and my response, which I publish not out of thin skinishness but because CP only allows […]

Listen to Me When I’m Talking to You

On May 13, 2013, in Bible, Children, Family, God, Love, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

The great Vaudeville performer and pop philosopher, Sophie Tucker made this astute observation: From birth to eighteen a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to thirty-five a girl needs good looks; from thirty-five to fifty-five a girl needs a good personality, and from fifty-five on she needs cash. [1] Well, I don’t know where you […]

Why the State Must Regulate Marriage

Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve written something that—as we like to say in Texas—has gotten the tail up on the skunk. My article “Religious Liberty: One Casualty in the War Over Marriage” has caused a stink among some of my readers. One claimed that if I liked traditional marriage so much I should move […]

“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 […]

In His Death He Is Living: A Tribute to Prof

On February 20, 2013, in Bible, Character, Christian, Christianity, Death, Education, Faith, God, Gospel, Heroes, Jesus Christ, Leadership, by Derrick G. Jeter

Who is greater, Michelangelo or the teacher who taught him? This was an illustration my teacher and mentor used in his final chapel message to the students at Dallas Theological Seminary. For anyone who studied under Dr. Howard G. Hendricks, lovingly known as “Prof,” the answer to the question was simple: the student who surpassed […]

A Bible Tweet from a Twit

On February 6, 2013, in America, Bible, Death, Guns, Heroes, Jesus Christ, Politics, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Twitter and Facebook aren’t good places for meaningful discussion, especially about important matters. This truth was apparently lost on Ron Paul and/or the staff who compose his tweets and status updates. The recent murders of Navy SEAL sniper and American hero, Chris Kyle and his friend Chad […]

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 […]

A New and Better Voice for 2013

On January 1, 2013, in Bible, Calling, Faith, Future, God, Gospel, Grace, New Year's, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

Last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. – T. S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” The voice I need to hear for 2013—the voice we all need to hear throughout the year—is the voice of truth. It was a voice not often heard in 2012. Yet, it is a […]