To Love Liberty is to Love History

On June 26, 2014, in America, Education, Freedom, History, Liberty, by Derrick G. Jeter

The history of America is the history of liberty. As a course of events, American history is progress toward liberty. As a record of those events, American history is progress toward understanding liberty. Until the mid-1960s, American children were taught at home and at school, and breathed it in the native air, that America was […]

History is Bunk and Other “Truths” Not Taught at College

On January 31, 2014, in Education, Freedom, Future, History, Liberty, by Derrick G. Jeter

“History is bunk.” Well, that’s what industrialist Henry Ford thought of history. “We don’t want tradition,” Ford said. “We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.” It’d be easy to call Ford a crank, since the truth is no man […]

Americans Have Always Distrusted Government

It should come as no surprise that Barack Obama is a man of the left. As such, he tends to downplay American exceptionalism and overplay his global worldview. As a partisan politico he has elevated opponent bashing into an art form. But his latest scree against conservatives was historically unhinged. On May 5, 2013, President […]

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 […]

From Good to Very Good to Glory: The Art of Making Culture

Andy Crouch is a master communicator about culture. You’ve never heard of Andy? Well, he calls himself a journalist—“one who makes the complex simple”—and works for the magazine Christianity Today. Andy is, however, more than a journalist, he’s a thinker. And he’s thought a lot about culture. Earlier this week I attended a conference, hosted […]

A Monumental Effort

There’s a sickness in the soul of America. So says Kurt Cameron, of 1980s “Family Matters” fame, in his new movie Monumental. Citing examples of cultural and political sickness—increases of divorce, teen pregnancy, crime, taxes, and national debt—Cameron asks what we can do to heal our nation. The answer he discovered is found in history—particularly […]

Failing Liberty 101: A Review

On December 15, 2011, in America, Character, Children, Education, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Future, Government, Patriotism, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

What does it take to raise an American? I don’t simply mean teaching a child born in the United States not to become homegrown terrorists. I mean a real American—one who, in the words of William Damon, will demonstrate “responsible citizenship in a free society.” [1] What does it take to raise that child? If […]

Why Read Moby-Dick?

On December 7, 2011, in America, Books, Culture, Education, Literature, by Derrick G. Jeter

Nathaniel Philbrick loves Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. In a departure from his typical historical narratives, Philbrick has penned a short apology for Moby-Dick simply titled, Why Read Moby-Dick? So high is his praise of Melville’s masterpiece, Philbrick called Moby-Dick “the greatest American novel ever written. . . . [T]he book that deserves to be called our […]

The Handbook for Western Civilization

On November 29, 2011, in America, Bible, Books, Culture, Education, Freedom, God, Philosophy, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

How important was the Bible in establishing Western Civilization? To some, like Michael Shermer, the publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Bible had little to nothing to do with establishing Western Civilization. In a November 2011 Los Angels Times op-ed, “What’s God Got to Do with It,” Shermer takes Congress to task for passing a resolution […]

Newspeak and the Controllers of Thought

On October 5, 2011, in Culture, Education, Freedom, Language, Literature, by Derrick G. Jeter

Ours is a euphemizing culture. Words no longer mean what they mean. Oh, to be sure, many of our euphemisms are harmless: custodian for “janitor,” correctional facility for “prison,” a little thin on top for “balding.” But some euphemisms are more troubling. For example, “torture” is now enhanced interrogation; “the war on terror” is now […]