Living the Truth in an Age of Lies

On July 28, 2017, in America, Belief, Books, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Future, by Derrick G. Jeter

Rod Dreher is a bespectacled prophet. He even has the iconic beard of a prophet. And like most prophets, Dreher’s latests pronouncements have fallen on deaf ears. Many in the Christian community have accused Dreher of preaching a gospel of surrender and retreat. They say he is advocating a new monastic movement—a withdrawal from a […]

7 Lessons from Nazi Germany

On September 5, 2016, in America, Books, Christianity, Culture, Future, God, Gospel, Government, History, Jesus Christ, Politics, by Derrick G. Jeter

“Do not be deceived,” Scripture warns. “God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). This truth is universal and applied universally—for individuals and for nations. One of the greatest and starkest examples of this principle on a national scale was the rise and fall of Hitler’s Nazi […]

Keeping Christianity Strange: A Review of Russell Moore’s “Onward”

On April 7, 2016, in America, Books, Christianity, Culture, Gospel, Politics, Roe v. Wade, by Derrick G. Jeter

The West Wing was a fictional depiction of the doings in the West Wing of the White House. The show starred Martin Sheen and centered on a god-like president, Josiah Bartlet; a president with the courage and character of George Washington, the sensitivity and eloquence of Abraham Lincoln, and the charisma and political skills of […]

The Making of an American Legend

On June 18, 2015, in Books, Culture, History, Literature, Movies, Texas, by Derrick G. Jeter

“That’ll be the day!” is one of the most iconic lines John Wayne ever uttered on screen. It comes from John Ford’s classic western, The Searchers—the 1955 film based on Alan LeMay’s novel of the same title. Shot in Monument Valley, one of the most unlikely representations of Texas one could find, the film is stunning […]

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 […]

Books from 2014

On January 1, 2015, in Books, Culture, History, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Theology, by Derrick G. Jeter

Books are one of the joys of life. And though it might be a bit of hyperbole, I heartily agree with Thomas Jefferson: “I cannot live without books.” I haven’t always been a reader, but I’m so grateful that I discovered them as a young adult. Now I’m trying to catch up for all the […]

“Daily Rituals: How Artists Work”

On November 14, 2014, in Books, Culture, Writing, by Derrick G. Jeter

Mason Currey’s Daily Rituals: How Artists Work is an intriguing idea . . . poorly executed. But perhaps that’s not quite fair. I’m not sure anyone could have pulled off an engaging read of the daily routines of creatives. As interesting as it sounds, delving into the daily work habits of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott […]

“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 […]

“Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community”: A Book Review

On May 21, 2014, in America, Books, Culture, Freedom, Martin Luther King Jr., Peace, Politics, Sex, by Derrick G. Jeter

Wendell Berry is the preeminent thinker and writer of community and ecology in American Christianity. Like Marilynne Robinson, Berry has been embraced by not only by Christians but by conservatives as well. Which is a curiosity, since much of Robinson’s and Berry’s opinions ought to set conservatives’ teeth on edge. Some of those opinions are […]

“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 […]