Some Thoughts on Charlie Hebdo, Satire, and Nihilism

On January 23, 2015, in Christianity, Culture, Death, Islam, Muslims, Philosophy, Terrorism, Writing, by Derrick G. Jeter

“It is the test of good religion,” G. K. Chesterton wrote, “whether you can joke about it.” If the reactions of religion’s proponents is any judge, Judaism and Christianity fair pretty well. Islam—at least a large segment of Islam—doesn’t think it’s very funny. Of course no practicing Jew, Christian, or Muslim considers the cartoons published […]

Mark Levin, Sarah Palin, and Baptism by Waterboarding

On May 1, 2014, in Christianity, Islam, Jesus Christ, Muslims, Politics, Terrorism, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

Sarah Palin has a faithful attack dog in Mark Levin. Good for her. We all need friends and allies. Recently, Levin has been in full froth, defending Palin after criticism she received for her remarks to the National Rifle Association’s annual convention. Comparing how liberals view terrorists and how she views them, Palin told the […]

Obama’s Unserious Syrian Speech

On September 18, 2013, in America, Barack Obama, Muslims, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

When the America president appears on national television to address the American people it’s a big deal. His subject, language, and setting need to carry weight—gravitas. Prime time presidential speeches are serious matters. And for the president—and America by extension—to be taken seriously his speech must be clear, cogent, and commanding; it needs to have […]

The Serpent and the Dove

On December 3, 2012, in America, Barack Obama, Belief, Christianity, Culture, Faith, God, Government, Muslims, Politics, by Derrick G. Jeter

Jesus was no fool. He knew the twelve men He selected as His disciples would need hands-on experience in the real world if they were to be successful in the discipleship business. So, “Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority” and a warning: “‘Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst […]

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 […]

What I Saw at the Rally, Part 2: Whose God?

On September 14, 2010, in America, Belief, Character, Christianity, Culture, Faith, God, Gospel, Islam, Jesus Christ, Muslims, Patriotism, Politics, Salvation, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

Note: Previously, I had written an article about what I witnessed at the Restoring Honor rally, which occurred on the National Mall on August, 28, 2010 (“What I Saw at the Rally, Part 1: A View from the Cheap Seats”). In this article I’d like to discuss Beck’s use of “faith” and “God,” which was […]

9/11 and Its Surreal Cast of Characters

On September 11, 2010, in America, Courage, Evil, Freedom, History, Islam, Muslims, Patriotism, September 11, by Derrick G. Jeter

Things have taken a turn for the surreal. The patients are in control of the insane asylum. On this, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attack on America we—all Americans, regardless of creed or color—should unite in national remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We should unite in our resolve […]

Let Peace Reign, Beginning with the Religion of Peace

On August 17, 2010, in America, Belief, Culture, Freedom, Islam, Muslims, Peace, September 11, by Derrick G. Jeter

“Islam is a religion of peace.” So we’ve been hearing since September 11, 2001. It’s understandable really, for Muslims to tout this claim. After all, Christians have made similar claims whenever the Inquisition or the Crusades are brought up; or to a lesser extent, when some nut does something stupid in the name of Christ. […]