The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton

On December 19, 2013, in America, Character, Congress, History, Lying, Politics, President, Truth, U.S. Constitution, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

December 19, 1998—fifteen years ago, today—the United States House of Representatives impeached President William Jefferson Clinton. It was a dark day in our history, but darker days were ahead. These are my journal entries. ✯ ✯ ✯ Tuesday, 15 September 1998 Whenever great nations reach “the summit of grandeur,” John Adams wrote his friend, Nathan […]

Anthony Weiner and the Righteousness of the Nation

On August 13, 2013, in America, Character, Culture, Leadership, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Private character determines public conduct. At one time in our country that simple truth was never questioned—that a man who would not honor his personal vows to his wife could not honor his public vows to his office. This is not that time. In fact, we haven’t lived during that time for at least fifteen […]

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 […]

The Comedy of Cultural Deformity

On February 27, 2013, in America, Character, Children, Culture, Movies, Sex, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

You can judge the health of a civilization by the culture it creates and consumes. At the height of Roman corruption the Empire created and consumed a culture a death and decadence. The bloodlust of the games and the bodily lusts of sexual deviancy led Rome down the rutted road of long decline and prolonged […]

America’s Unfulfilled Potential

On February 22, 2013, in America, Character, Culture, Heroes, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

A great man died this week. Chances are you’ve never heard his name and wouldn’t recognize his picture. But his death has affected me deeply. He was my teacher and mentor. And outside of my family, he probably exerted more influence in my life than any other. He had a wonderful sense of humor. “Men […]

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 […]

The Extraordinary George Washington

George Washington was an extraordinary man. Perhaps none, certainly few, in American history have exhibited such ambitious personal humility and patriotic spirit as Washington. He is rightly deemed the “Father of his country,” leading American forces to victory and independence over Great Britain, shepherding the Constitution through a contentious convention in the summer of 1787, […]

What Is the Course of American Liberty?

Through the Declaration of Independence of 1776, the Constitution of 1787, and the Bill of Rights of 1791, the Founding Fathers did what had never been done in the history of humanity: they broke from the mother country and created a means for lasting liberty. In short, our brave forefathers won liberty with arms and […]

A Monumental Effort

There’s a sickness in the soul of America. So says Kurt Cameron, of 1980s “Family Matters” fame, in his new movie Monumental. Citing examples of cultural and political sickness—increases of divorce, teen pregnancy, crime, taxes, and national debt—Cameron asks what we can do to heal our nation. The answer he discovered is found in history—particularly […]

Doing What is Excellent and Praiseworthy in 2012

On January 1, 2012, in Belief, Bible, Character, Faith, New Year's, Peace, Truth, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Happy New Year! As has become an annual tradition—a literary resolution so to speak—here is my resolution for 2012: to fix my mind and actions on that which is excellent and praiseworthy. Specifically, to think the thoughts and practice the passions of Paul in Philippians 4:8. Truthfulness: to seeks that which is honest, reliable, and […]