In Gardens of Stone

On May 25, 2015, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

In gardens of stone, lay soldiers who stood alone on frozen hills, beside vallied rills. In gardens of stone, a trumpet blown over markers of the brave, who rest within the grave. In gardens of stone, our flag is flown in vigil of red, white, and blue, for those who loved their country true. In […]

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 […]

Speeches That Made History: Edward M. Kennedy Eulogizes Robert F. Kennedy

On June 5, 2014, in America, Death, History, Rhetoric, by Derrick G. Jeter

Edward Kennedy, the youngest of nine children, lost two brothers within the span of five years. Like many other families, the Kennedys have known the piercing grief of loosing loved ones in the prime of their lives. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., the bright shining hope of Joe Sr. to become the first Irish Catholic American […]

Fifty Years and Beyond: The Legacies of John F. Kennedy and C. S. Lewis

On November 30, 2013, in Belief, Death, History, President, by Derrick G. Jeter

Fifty years ago today three great men died. In life, though all achieved literary and international acclaim, they could not have been more different. In death, the one overshadowed the two—as the death of Princess Diana overshadowed the death of Mother Teresa. But as was true of the princess and the prioress, so was true […]

God Bless Your Soul Sister, I will be Stiff All Over: A Civil War Letter

On May 27, 2013, in America, Civil War, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

The Civil War consumed some 600,000 lives. Most of these died, not due to direct wounds suffered in battle but due to infections contracted in filthy hospitals and from camp diseases—typhoid fever, dysentery, and smallpox just to name a few. Hundreds of thousands more came home shattered limbs and shattered spirits. On the home front, […]

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 […]

“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, […]

A Prayer for the Dead at Iwo Jima

On February 23, 2013, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Marine Corps, Patriotism, Prayer, Rhetoric, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue. These words, inscribed on the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial, spoken by Admiral Chester Nimitz, capture the spirit of the Corps. But the prayer of Rabbi Roland Bertram Gittelsohn captures the heartache and dreams of the Corps. Gittelsohn was a navy chaplain who landed with the 5th Marine Division […]

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 […]

A Bible Tweet from a Twit

On February 6, 2013, in America, Bible, Death, Guns, Heroes, Jesus Christ, Politics, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Twitter and Facebook aren’t good places for meaningful discussion, especially about important matters. This truth was apparently lost on Ron Paul and/or the staff who compose his tweets and status updates. The recent murders of Navy SEAL sniper and American hero, Chris Kyle and his friend Chad […]