Kirsten Powers, Liberalism, and Jesus Christ

On July 19, 2013, in America, Belief, Christian, Christianity, Faith, Gospel, Grace, Jesus Christ, Politics, by Derrick G. Jeter

The myth is pervasive and persistent. And no amount of reality has yet dispelled it. Those who cling to the myth—who believe the reality of their own imaginings—are ignorant either of faith or politics, or both. In truth, the myth isn’t only silly, it’s stupid. But many on either side of the pew and either […]

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 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 […]

Silent Night

On December 25, 2012, in Carols, Children, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

Fredrick William Faber, a Catholic priest and hymn writer, once remarked: “Whenever the sounds of the world die out in the soul, or sink low, then we hear the whisperings of God.” Isn’t that what the Lord tells us in Psalm 46:10: “Cease striving and know that I am God”? Christmas time is often the […]

O Holy Night

On December 24, 2012, in Carols, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

God loves the unexpected and confounding. And few Christmas carols came to us through such an unexpected and confounding route as “O Holy Night.” In 1847, a Catholic priest approached the French commissioner of wine and amateur poet, Cappeau de Roquemaure to ask him to write a Christmas poem for the church. Roquemaure did so […]

What Child Is This?

On December 23, 2012, in Carols, Children, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, by Derrick G. Jeter

If one question was asked most about Jesus while He walked the earth is was, “who is He?” That question still dominates the mind of man today . . . as it should—it’s the most important question in the world. Jesus even asked His disciples the question: “Who do people say that I am?” and […]

Away in a Manger

On December 22, 2012, in Carols, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, by Derrick G. Jeter

After the shepherds came to Mary and Joseph and found the babe in the manger, and told the young couple of the angel’s declaration of glory, Luke records that “Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Wouldn’t you like to know what when through her mind at that movement? And […]

O Little Town of Bethlehem

On December 21, 2012, in Carols, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

Sitting in the presidential box at Ford’s Theater on the evening of April 14, 1865—Good Friday—President Abraham Lincoln turned to his wife, Mary, and said to her: “We will visit the Holy Land and see those places hallowed by the footsteps of the Savior. There is no place I so much desire to see as […]

The First Noel

On December 20, 2012, in Carols, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

Few things are more filled with hope and joy than for a father and mother to announce the birth of a son or daughter. Imagine then the excitement the angels had in announcing the birth of God’s Son, Jesus—the first noel. The French word noel comes from the Latin natalis, meaning “birth” or “birthday,” but […]

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

On December 19, 2012, in Carols, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, Salvation, by Derrick G. Jeter

The great expositor, Warren Wiersbe, said about the old-fashioned word providence: “Providence is that marvelous working of God so that all of the events in His universe accomplish the purposes He has in mind.” And God’s providence was at work in Charles Wesley’s 1739 hymn we’ve come to know as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” […]