George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

By unanimous vote on February 4, 1789, George Washington was elected President of the United States of America—our first, and the only one to win unanimously. Washington was reluctant to serve, having spent so many years aways from his beloved Mount Vernon during the Revolutionary War, but he saw himself as a servant of the […]

Eric Metaxas’ Unfortunate History

On October 19, 2016, in Abraham Lincoln, America, Books, Founding Fathers, History, Pilgrims, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Sigh! I like Eric Metaxas. I really do. But his fast and loose use of history is growing wearisome—and worrisome. This is especially true with his latest book, If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty. The title of his book comes from a conversation between Benjamin Franklin and Elizabeth Powel, 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 […]

“The Wright Brothers”: A Book Review

On January 30, 2016, in America, Books, Heroes, History, by Derrick G. Jeter

David McCullough has done it again. He’s written a biography that invites the reader to sit down and have a long, intimate conversation with significant figures in history. In his latest work, The Wright Brothers, McCullough introduces us to the two Dayton, Ohioans who first conquered human powered flight. But as with all McCullough biographies, […]

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 […]

The Christmas Day Truce

On December 24, 2015, in Christmas, Courage, Heroes, History, Peace, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

No one knows exactly where it started or how it started, but for one bitterly cold day peace settled over the killing fields of World War I. Christmas Eve 1914 was, according to one British soldier, “a beautiful moonlit night.” Frost covered the ground, turning the black mud white. Sometime during the evening, somewhere along […]

Coolidge: A Lesson for Conservatives

On December 20, 2015, in America, Freedom, Government, History, Liberty, Politics, President, Taxes, Theodore Roosevelt, by Derrick G. Jeter

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the eldest daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, once remarked that our thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge, looked like he had been weaned on a pickle—and a sour one at that. Coolidge is one of those presidents we think we know, but we don’t. We know anecdotes about the man, like Alice’s comment on his […]

9/11 and the American Soul

Has it really been fourteen years? In my mind’s eye it was just yesterday when Chris Williams, Jan White, and I left our Boston hotel on our way to your Rhode Island client, CVS Pharmacy, and Chris received the call from Joe, her husband: America was under attack. In the days following September 11, 2001, […]

The Making of an American Legend

On June 18, 2015, in Books, Culture, History, Literature, Movies, Texas, by Derrick G. Jeter

“That’ll be the day!” is one of the most iconic lines John Wayne ever uttered on screen. It comes from John Ford’s classic western, The Searchers—the 1955 film based on Alan LeMay’s novel of the same title. Shot in Monument Valley, one of the most unlikely representations of Texas one could find, the film is stunning […]

In Gardens of Stone

On May 25, 2015, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

In gardens of stone, lay soldiers who stood alone on frozen hills, beside vallied rills. In gardens of stone, a trumpet blown over markers of the brave, who rest within the grave. In gardens of stone, our flag is flown in vigil of red, white, and blue, for those who loved their country true. In […]