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, […]

“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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

The Politics of Power and Lust

On June 8, 2011, in Character, Culture, Love, Power, Sex, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

The great observer of life, G. K. Chesterton, wrote: “There is only one very timid sort of man that is not afraid of women.” [1] Yes, and his name is fool. This rooster came home to roost this week once again with the admission from U.S. Representative Anthony Wiener that he had been carrying on […]

Controversy Wins: Heaven and Hell in the Real World

On April 11, 2011, in Belief, Bible, Christian, Christianity, Faith, Future, God, Gospel, Jesus Christ, Love, Postmodernism, Salvation, by Derrick G. Jeter

There’s an old axiom in the public relations business (and if it isn’t, it should be): “There’s no such thing as bad press, unless it’s no press.” I’ve read my share of controversial books. And I’ve read my share of Christian books. Some of these books, whether controversial or Christian (or both), are well written, […]

A Baker’s Dozen for 2011

On January 1, 2011, in Character, Culture, Faith, Forgiveness, Future, God, Grace, Love, New Year's, Truth, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Well, it’s that time of year again when tradition trumps common sense and our will to live up to our own best hopes. It’s time for New Year’s resolutions. Of course, everyone who sits down to compose a list, whether short or long, has every intention of following through. Most will fail. But no matter, […]

A Loving Tribute to a Faithful Friend

On June 25, 2010, in Death, Love, Thanksgiving, by Derrick G. Jeter

I had to put my dog to sleep today. For eight years, Patriot was a faithful friend—more than a friend, a family member. He had bone cancer which spread quickly on his right foreleg. Dr. Taylor, our vet, said there was nothing we could do to save him. We had done the right thing, he […]

Lust is Not Good, but Sex Is . . . Sometimes

On June 8, 2010, in Character, Culture, God, Love, by Derrick G. Jeter

We live in a sex-saturated society. And I think Peter Kreeft’s observation is spot on: “If lust ceased tomorrow, we would be plunged into the greatest economic depression in history. Remove sex appeal from advertising, advertising from the economy, and the economy from our civilization and what would be left?” [1] But why? Why is […]