Memory and Humility: A Thanksgiving Reminder

On November 28, 2013, in America, God, Grace, Purpose in Life, Thanksgiving, by Derrick G. Jeter

You were made to give thanks. The Shorter Catechism opens with a startling question: “What is the chief end of man?” What is our ultimate purpose for being? The answer is just as startling: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” Nothing there about happiness, personal fulfillment, or accomplishments. No. […]

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 […]

“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, […]

Make Your Life Count … Everyday

On April 9, 2013, in Belief, Calling, Character, Grace, Philosophy, Purpose in Life, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Time is a faithful servant but a fearsome master. Dr. Seuss illustrates this in his delightful book, Oh, The Places You Go. It’s a story about life’s journey, which doesn’t always take you to the places you want to go—like “The Waiting Place,” where people are Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for […]

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 […]