Listen to Me When I’m Talking to You

On May 13, 2013, in Bible, Children, Family, God, Love, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

The great Vaudeville performer and pop philosopher, Sophie Tucker made this astute observation: From birth to eighteen a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to thirty-five a girl needs good looks; from thirty-five to fifty-five a girl needs a good personality, and from fifty-five on she needs cash. [1] Well, I don’t know where you […]

“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, […]

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 […]

“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 […]

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

On December 17, 2012, in Carols, Christmas, Faith, Family, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

Scripture says “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth” (Proverbs 22:1). And no name is as good and as great as the name Emmanuel—God with us. In the oldest known Christmas carol, dating back to the ninth-century—eight hundred years after the birth of Jesus—“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” was a Latin […]

We Were Made to Give Thanks

On November 22, 2012, in Family, Friendship, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Thanksgiving, by Derrick G. Jeter

We were made to give thanks— to Father, Spirit, and Son. We were made to give thanks— to God, the three in one.   We were made to give thanks— to give God His glory. We were made to give thanks— it is mankind’s best story.   We were made to give thanks— for plenty […]

Same-Sex Marriage and the Fulfillment of God’s Command

On June 19, 2012, in Bible, Culture, Family, God, Grace, Love, Sex, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

God loves creativity and uniqueness. If God had wanted all humankind to be identical, He would have created us all males or all females. But He didn’t. We’re different. However, our culture has challenged the distinctiveness of the sexes. Men are becoming more feminine and women are becoming more masculine. Gender and sexual confusion reigns. […]

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 […]

“After You,” Weldon: A Veterans Day Tribute

On November 11, 2011, in America, Courage, Family, Freedom, Heroes, History, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

He was a big man from a small fart of a town in North Texas, misnamed Royce City. It was more Royce—one of those names of yesteryear given to good and sturdy farm boys—than it was city, especially in the 1940s. But for James Weldon Mellody, Royce City was the most appropriate place in the […]

Do Not Mourn Me Dead: A Civil War Love Letter

On July 28, 2011, in America, Courage, Death, Family, Freedom, Heroes, History, Love, Patriotism, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Awaiting orders at Camp Clark, outside of Washington D.C., on July 14, 1861, a 32 year old Major in the Union Army’s Second Regiment, Rhode Island Volunteers penned this letter to his wife, Sarah. Sensing that the battle to come would be his last, Sullivan Ballou encourage her with a final farewell as an enduring […]