Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

On December 19, 2012, in Carols, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, Salvation, by Derrick G. Jeter

The great expositor, Warren Wiersbe, said about the old-fashioned word providence: “Providence is that marvelous working of God so that all of the events in His universe accomplish the purposes He has in mind.” And God’s providence was at work in Charles Wesley’s 1739 hymn we’ve come to know as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” […]

A One Word Christmas Carol

On December 22, 2011, in Christian, Christmas, Crucifixion, God, Gospel, Grace, Jesus Christ, Salvation, by Derrick G. Jeter

The meaning of Christmas is simple, yet profound: God became Man, born to die and live again so that mankind might be born again and never die. The meaning of Christmas is found in the meaning of Easter. And the meaning of Christmas and Easter is found in the meaning of divine humility. Pagan and […]

Ding Dong, the Hitch is Dead

On December 17, 2011, in Belief, Books, Christianity, Culture, Death, Faith, God, Language, Literature, Salvation, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

When I learned of Christopher Hitchens’s death on Thursday evening (December 15, 2011), I remarked to a friend: “Well, now he knows.” I did not intended my comment as triumphalism of faith over atheism—as in “he got what was coming to him” or in “he got what he deserved.” Though true Hitchens presumably (for I […]

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, […]

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 […]

Sunday’s Climax

The story of the crucifixion plods along, like a death march. It is exact and exacting, just like the act of crucifixion itself. Clocks could be set by it: nine o’clock Jesus was crucified; twelve o’clock the sky grew dark; three o’clock Jesus died. The story of the resurrection, however, is a jumble of comings […]

Saturday’s Interlude

On April 3, 2010, in Christianity, Death, Faith, Forgiveness, God, Gospel, Grace, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, Salvation, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

There on the cross hung the limp body of the One they thought was the Messiah. There on the cross hung the hopes and dreams of those who longed for freedom from Roman oppression and anticipated the glorious kingdom of God. There on the cross—for all to see—Rome had won and God’s plan for His […]

The Debate Over Tiger Woods’ Soul

On January 6, 2010, in Belief, Christian, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Forgiveness, God, Gospel, Grace, Heroes, Jesus Christ, Patriotism, Peace, Salvation, Truth, by Derrick G. Jeter

The air is blowing hot these days around New York and Washington, D.C. Not the outside air mind you—that’s rather chilly this time of year. I’m talking about the hot air emanating from the pompous, pseudo-intellectuals who make their livings wind-bagging about things they little understand and little care to learn. I’m talking about the […]

Good Christian Men, Rejoice

On December 24, 2009, in Belief, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Crucifixion, Faith, God, Gospel, Grace, Jesus Christ, Peace, Resurrection, Salvation, by Derrick G. Jeter

The birth of Jesus is the only true source of joy for mankind and for the whole creation. For this reason we rejoice—we literally “see joy” and delight in life. And with the Psalmist we proclaim: “I will praise you, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth (I will recount and tell […]

Ghosts and the Gospel

On October 4, 2008, in Belief, Bible, Children, Death, Faith, Family, God, Gospel, Grace, Jesus Christ, Resurrection, Salvation, by Derrick G. Jeter

Be silent in that solitude, Which is not loneliness—for then The spirits of the dead who stood In life before thee are again In death around thee—and their will Shall overshadow thee: be still.1   For many, Halloween is a fun time of telling ghost stories, passing out candy to little ghouls and goblins who […]