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 […]

Books from 2015

On January 1, 2016, in Books, Faith, Freedom, Future, God, Government, Heroes, History, Literature, Same-Sex Marriage, Theology, by Derrick G. Jeter

The best decorations are walls filled with love and laughter from treasured ones. The next best are walls filled with books you treasure. Anyone who has been in my home office knows I have plenty of books I treasure—over two thousand volumes . . . and growing. I’ve either read, plan to read, or have […]

Os Guinness’s Ambitious Plan for a Global Public Square

On November 3, 2014, in America, Books, Faith, Freedom, Future, Government, Liberty, by Derrick G. Jeter

During the Constitutional Convention many feared that the proposed form of government granted too much power to the federal institution. Tepid supporters and critics, as well as Anti-Federalist opponents, believed the Constitution should have included a list of citizens’ rights. Ardent supporters, like James Madison, believed an articulation of rights was a Pandora’s Box, fearing […]

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 […]

A New and Better Voice for 2013

On January 1, 2013, in Bible, Calling, Faith, Future, God, Gospel, Grace, New Year's, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

Last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. – T. S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” The voice I need to hear for 2013—the voice we all need to hear throughout the year—is the voice of truth. It was a voice not often heard in 2012. Yet, it is a […]

Going Galt and Christian Responsibility

Now as the people of God in old time were called out of Babylon civil, the place of their bodily bondage, and were to come to Jerusalem, and there to build the Lord’s temple, or tabernacle . . . so are the people of God now to go out of Babylon spiritual to Jerusalem . […]

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Look at the Biden-Ryan Vice Presidential Debate

On October 12, 2012, in America, Future, Government, Language, Leadership, Lying, Politics, President, Rhetoric, Ronald Reagan, Taxes, Terrorism, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

I lived tweeted the Vice Presidential debate last night. My first tweet as Joe Biden and Paul Ryan took the stage: “Grinning Joe. He’s a nut but you can’t help but like Joe.” Well, that is until Joe takes on the appearance of Alice’s Cheshire Cat—“we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” Commenting on […]

Who to Vote For: Advice from Noah Webster

On October 9, 2012, in America, Freedom, Future, Government, Heroes, History, Patriotism, Politics, by Derrick G. Jeter

Noah Webster was more than a lexicographer (one who practices the art of defining words, according to Webster’s 1828 dictionary). He was also an historian and a shrewd political operative. One of the shrewdest political comments he ever wrote is found in his History of the United States. And as we approach the 2012 election […]

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 […]