Which Is to be Master?

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.” [1] On August […]

America’s Boneless Wonder

In the midst of the Arab Spring I had lunch one day with a middle eastern colleague who expressed deep concern about what was taking place in Egypt, particularly over the possible ouster of Hosni Mubarak and the fall of Egypt into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood. My friend was no fan of Mubarak, […]

Will the Arab Spring Produce a Waterless Cloud?

On August 26, 2011, in Arab Spring, Freedom, Future, God, Government, Holy Spirit, Islam, Middle East, Muslims, Politics, Russia, by Derrick G. Jeter

Liberty has come to Libya . . . or so it appears. After four decades of tyranny, the Libyan people have thrown off the shackles of oppression and are free to determine their destiny. This is good. But troubling reports foreshadow a future of further tyranny, not freedom. The Libyan “Draft Constitutional Charter for the […]

The Professor Receives a Lesson in Reality

On May 25, 2011, in America, History, Middle East, Peace, Politics, President, by Derrick G. Jeter

When we speak on matters about which we know little or nothing we dull our tongue when we speak on matters about which we know a great deal. This is particularly applicable to Barack Obama. In the past, many have noted that Obama has a certain professorial tone when he speaks. That is to say, […]

Obama’s Muddled and Messy Message on Libya

On March 30, 2011, in America, Government, Middle East, Peace, Politics, President, Rhetoric, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

In communication, especially big, serious, televised speeches by the President of the United States, everything communicates—the time and place of the address, the suit and tie he wears, the manner of approaching the podium, his hand gestures, his smile and eye contact or lack thereof, the tone of his voice, the pacing of his words, […]

Preaching the Death of Death in the Middle East

On September 6, 2007, in Bible, Christian, Crucifixion, Death, Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, Holy Spirit, Islam, Jesus Christ, Middle East, Muslims, Peace, Resurrection, by Derrick G. Jeter

The Middle East continues to cause Americans more heartburn than any other issue outside of our shores. This seems especially so every September since 2001. Many suffer indigestion over questions like: Will Israel negotiate peace for land? Can the Palestinians live in harmony with themselves and with Israel? What is the future of America’s presence […]