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 […]

“First Thanksgiving”: A Book Review

On January 10, 2014, in America, Books, Christian, Heroes, History, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving, by Derrick G. Jeter

I love history. Most of the books I read are historical or biographical. In another life, if I could have one, I’d be a professional historian—or at least a professional writer of histories. David McCullough is one of my heroes. Simply put, I’m a history nerd. But I take comfort that I’m in good company. […]

Is God’s Business Politics? What the Pilgrims Thought

On October 15, 2013, in America, God, Pilgrims, Politics, by Derrick G. Jeter

I recently read on a politically conservative website that “God cares little for governments or powers. God’s business is the human soul.” This hit me like an intellectual pothole—it rattled and flattened me, like a car discovering a crater in the road at full speed. I didn’t have to think about whether I’d hit my […]

Going Galt and Christian Responsibility

Now as the people of God in old time were called out of Babylon civil, the place of their bodily bondage, and were to come to Jerusalem, and there to build the Lord’s temple, or tabernacle . . . so are the people of God now to go out of Babylon spiritual to Jerusalem . […]

A Monumental Effort

There’s a sickness in the soul of America. So says Kurt Cameron, of 1980s “Family Matters” fame, in his new movie Monumental. Citing examples of cultural and political sickness—increases of divorce, teen pregnancy, crime, taxes, and national debt—Cameron asks what we can do to heal our nation. The answer he discovered is found in history—particularly […]

The Blessing of the Mayflower Compact

On November 24, 2011, in America, Courage, Faith, Founding Fathers, Freedom, God, Government, Heroes, History, Patriotism, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving, by Derrick G. Jeter

After seven weeks of storm tossed seas in the North Atlantic—seas so rough one passenger was swept overboard and nearly drowned and the whole company nearly sent to the bottom of the ocean—a small band of misfits—pious Separatists “Saints” and profane “Strangers”—reached the northeastern shores of America. But they missed their mark. Sailing under the […]

The Hope of Liberty

On December 21, 2010, in America, Courage, Faith, Founding Fathers, Freedom, Heroes, History, Patriotism, Pilgrims, by Derrick G. Jeter

In the deepness of winter of 1620, a small band of English men and women first set foot on what was to become the second English colony established in America. Landing on Plymouth on December 21—cold, sick, and dying—these Pilgrims were greeted with the icy kiss of a New England wind. Without shelter and provisions […]

Thanksgiving, 2009

On November 26, 2009, in America, Faith, God, History, Patriotism, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving, by Derrick G. Jeter

Contrary to popular opinion and lore, the modern celebration of Thanksgiving is not what the Pilgrims would call Thanksgiving. For them, a day of thanks was a sacred day set aside to read the Psalms and other Scripture, to sing, and to attend church, pray, and listen to lengthy sermons. In fact, the very first […]

Ode to Pilgrims True

On November 24, 2008, in America, Courage, Faith, Freedom, God, Heroes, History, Patriotism, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving, by Derrick G. Jeter

In the cruel winter of 1620, After a voyage with dangers aplenty, A motley bunch of English stock Landed here on Plymouth Rock.   From old England they fled with their lives— Their children, their possessions, and their wives. King James stood not their separatists’ way, “Persecutions,” he said they must pay.   At first […]

In Praise of Pilgrims

On November 22, 2007, in America, Character, Faith, Freedom, Heroes, History, Patriotism, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving, by Derrick G. Jeter

That old mustachioed rascal, Mark Twain never knew when to leave well enough alone. In a speech delivered to the New England Society of Philadelphia, he brazenly (with tongue firmly planted in his cheek) pronounced: I rise to protest. I have kept still for years, but really I think there is no sufficient justification for […]