“The Person Called You”: A Book Review

On August 5, 2014, in Books, Calling, Purpose in Life, by Derrick G. Jeter

The critical question for us moderns is, “How shall we be governed?” In America we are all politics all the time, making this a ubiquitous question. However, this wasn’t always the most important question in life. In fact, for most of human history it was one of the lest important questions in life. Granted, most […]

Memory and Humility: A Thanksgiving Reminder

On November 28, 2013, in America, God, Grace, Purpose in Life, Thanksgiving, by Derrick G. Jeter

You were made to give thanks. The Shorter Catechism opens with a startling question: “What is the chief end of man?” What is our ultimate purpose for being? The answer is just as startling: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” Nothing there about happiness, personal fulfillment, or accomplishments. No. […]

“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, […]

Make Your Life Count … Everyday

On April 9, 2013, in Belief, Calling, Character, Grace, Philosophy, Purpose in Life, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Time is a faithful servant but a fearsome master. Dr. Seuss illustrates this in his delightful book, Oh, The Places You Go. It’s a story about life’s journey, which doesn’t always take you to the places you want to go—like “The Waiting Place,” where people are Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for […]

Working While There’s Light

On April 3, 2013, in America, Calling, Culture, Freedom, Liberty, Patriotism, Prayer, Purpose in Life, Writing, by Derrick G. Jeter

A few years ago I taught a series on Christian citizenship, wrestling with questions such as: How should Christians conduct themselves in the public square? What role should we play in culture, education, economics, technology, and science? What does the Bible say about government and the command to submit? What are the responsibilities of Christians […]

From Good to Very Good to Glory: The Art of Making Culture

Andy Crouch is a master communicator about culture. You’ve never heard of Andy? Well, he calls himself a journalist—“one who makes the complex simple”—and works for the magazine Christianity Today. Andy is, however, more than a journalist, he’s a thinker. And he’s thought a lot about culture. Earlier this week I attended a conference, hosted […]

Growing as Young as God

On May 13, 2010, in Culture, Faith, God, Purpose in Life, by Derrick G. Jeter

My home is filled with stuff—too much stuff, in fact. I have televisions and computers and video games and DVDs and iPods and board games and bikes and sports equipment and doodads for crafts and books—lots of books. I also have a dog and two cats. My children have built in playmates—five in all—and two […]

The Great Goal of Life

On April 15, 2010, in Character, Declaration of Independence, Founding Fathers, Purpose in Life, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

If asked, “What is the purpose of life?” many would answer, “To be successful.” Others might say, “To have a family and plenty of money.” Still others would respond, “To become famous.” Each of these answers, however, could be reduced to one word: happiness. People want to be happy. But plenty of studies show, and […]

Keeper of the Book: A Review of “The Book of Eli”

On January 26, 2010, in Belief, Bible, Calling, Culture, Faith, Literature, Purpose in Life, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord. And people will stagger from sea to sea, And from north even to the east; They will go to […]

Live—Death is Coming

On December 31, 2008, in Death, Future, God, Purpose in Life, by Derrick G. Jeter

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. is the famous son of the famous writer and physician, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Born a Boston blue blood on March 8, 1841, Holmes served as a captain in the Union Army during the Civil War, seeing bloody action at Ball’s Bluff, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. After the war, he taught law […]