Who Is Jesus, Really? “The Unique One” has the Answer

On April 16, 2015, in Belief, Bible, Books, Christianity, Faith, God, Jesus Christ, by Derrick G. Jeter

Napoleon Bonaparte had an ego twice the size of his own stature. He thought the Duke of Wellington a poor general and the British poor soldiers—at least he thought so before the Battle of Waterloo. But when it came to Jesus Christ, not even Bonaparte’s massive ego could stand with knees locked. “Everything in Christ […]

Some Thoughts on Charlie Hebdo, Satire, and Nihilism

On January 23, 2015, in Christianity, Culture, Death, Islam, Muslims, Philosophy, Terrorism, Writing, by Derrick G. Jeter

“It is the test of good religion,” G. K. Chesterton wrote, “whether you can joke about it.” If the reactions of religion’s proponents is any judge, Judaism and Christianity fair pretty well. Islam—at least a large segment of Islam—doesn’t think it’s very funny. Of course no practicing Jew, Christian, or Muslim considers the cartoons published […]

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 […]

Mark Levin, Sarah Palin, and Baptism by Waterboarding

On May 1, 2014, in Christianity, Islam, Jesus Christ, Muslims, Politics, Terrorism, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

Sarah Palin has a faithful attack dog in Mark Levin. Good for her. We all need friends and allies. Recently, Levin has been in full froth, defending Palin after criticism she received for her remarks to the National Rifle Association’s annual convention. Comparing how liberals view terrorists and how she views them, Palin told the […]

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 […]

O Holy Night

On December 24, 2012, in Carols, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

God loves the unexpected and confounding. And few Christmas carols came to us through such an unexpected and confounding route as “O Holy Night.” In 1847, a Catholic priest approached the French commissioner of wine and amateur poet, Cappeau de Roquemaure to ask him to write a Christmas poem for the church. Roquemaure did so […]