“A Moveable Feast”: A Book Review

On February 22, 2014, in Books, Culture, Literature, Writing, by Derrick G. Jeter

“A movable feast,” that’s what Ernest Hemingway called Paris. “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man,” Hemingway wrote a friend in 1950, “then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” Hemingway was one of the lucky […]

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 […]

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 […]

Comfort Amid Chaos and Carnage

On April 16, 2013, in America, Courage, Culture, Death, Evil, Heroes, September 11, Suffering, Terrorism, by Derrick G. Jeter

With a sudden shock—an explosive concussion—we were reminded, once again, that evil is in our midst. The two bombs that killed three and injured 150 more at the Boston Marathon bespeaks of the fact that free societies cannot eliminate all evil acts and maintain freedom. But the bombings also bespeak of another truth—a truth more […]

Working While There’s Light

On April 3, 2013, in America, Calling, Culture, Freedom, Liberty, Patriotism, Prayer, Purpose in Life, Writing, by Derrick G. Jeter

A few years ago I taught a series on Christian citizenship, wrestling with questions such as: How should Christians conduct themselves in the public square? What role should we play in culture, education, economics, technology, and science? What does the Bible say about government and the command to submit? What are the responsibilities of Christians […]

Marriage: What’s It Good For?

On March 26, 2013, in Children, Culture, Family, Friendship, Liberty, Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, Sex, U.S. Constitution, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

May 12 marks the anniversary of the first marriage performed on the shores of America by Englishmen. On that day, in 1621, Edward Winslow married Susanna White in a ceremony officiated by the newly elected governor of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford. The marriage was civil, not religious. Bradford explains why in his history of the […]

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 […]

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 […]