How Should Christians Vote? A Book Review

On May 25, 2016, in America, Bible, Books, Christian, Freedom, God, Government, Liberty, Politics, President, by Derrick G. Jeter

It is not a secret or a controversy that evangelical Christians overwhelmingly vote Republican. But the selection of Donald J. Trump as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for 2016 has thrown many evangelicals into a quandary. For the most part, evangelicals cannot stomach Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee. To vote for her would not […]

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

On December 25, 2014, in Carols, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Faith, God, History, Jesus Christ, Literature, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

Few characters in literature are as nasty as Charles Dickens’s Ebenezer Scrooge . . . at least before his nightly visit of the three spirits of Christmas. Dickens described Scrooge as “a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone . . . a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from […]

“Letters and Life”: A Book Review

On July 2, 2014, in Books, Christian, Culture, Literature, Movies, Writing, by Derrick G. Jeter

The 2012 movie The Words begins with a cliché: young novelist struggles to find representation for his first novel. Every writer, young or old, who’s ever tried to get their work published has experienced this frustration and disappointment; each of them can show you a stack of rejection letters received over the years. But in […]

“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 […]

“First Thanksgiving”: A Book Review

On January 10, 2014, in America, Books, Christian, Heroes, History, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving, by Derrick G. Jeter

I love history. Most of the books I read are historical or biographical. In another life, if I could have one, I’d be a professional historian—or at least a professional writer of histories. David McCullough is one of my heroes. Simply put, I’m a history nerd. But I take comfort that I’m in good company. […]

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 […]

“The Little Way of Ruthie Leming”: A Review

On April 15, 2013, in Books, Christian, Christianity, Courage, Death, Faith, Family, Forgiveness, God, Grace, Love, Purpose in Life, Suffering, by Derrick G. Jeter

Books that demand undivided attention don’t come along every day. Fewer still those that demand not just a reading, but a thinking—half swallowed and chewed again, as we might say in Texas. Rod Dreher’s memoir about his sister, Ruthie is just such a book. The Little Way of Ruthie Leming is not only beautifully written, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Silent Night

On December 25, 2012, in Carols, Children, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

Fredrick William Faber, a Catholic priest and hymn writer, once remarked: “Whenever the sounds of the world die out in the soul, or sink low, then we hear the whisperings of God.” Isn’t that what the Lord tells us in Psalm 46:10: “Cease striving and know that I am God”? Christmas time is often the […]