“Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community”: A Book Review

On May 21, 2014, in America, Books, Culture, Freedom, Martin Luther King Jr., Peace, Politics, Sex, by Derrick G. Jeter

Wendell Berry is the preeminent thinker and writer of community and ecology in American Christianity. Like Marilynne Robinson, Berry has been embraced by not only by Christians but by conservatives as well. Which is a curiosity, since much of Robinson’s and Berry’s opinions ought to set conservatives’ teeth on edge. Some of those opinions are […]

Marriage: What’s It Good For?

On March 26, 2013, in Children, Culture, Family, Friendship, Liberty, Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage, Sex, U.S. Constitution, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

May 12 marks the anniversary of the first marriage performed on the shores of America by Englishmen. On that day, in 1621, Edward Winslow married Susanna White in a ceremony officiated by the newly elected governor of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford. The marriage was civil, not religious. Bradford explains why in his history of the […]

“What Is Marriage?”: A Review

On March 12, 2013, in Belief, Bible, Books, Culture, Family, Government, Love, Marriage, Philosophy, Politics, Same-Sex Marriage, Sex, Truth, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

What is marriage? This seemingly straightforward question is proving difficult to answer these days. But it’s the question the Supreme Court will have to wrestle with and answer as it considers 1996 The Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, and California’s Proposition 8, which amended the […]

The Comedy of Cultural Deformity

On February 27, 2013, in America, Character, Children, Culture, Movies, Sex, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

You can judge the health of a civilization by the culture it creates and consumes. At the height of Roman corruption the Empire created and consumed a culture a death and decadence. The bloodlust of the games and the bodily lusts of sexual deviancy led Rome down the rutted road of long decline and prolonged […]

The Beauty of Reality

On February 4, 2013, in America, Culture, Patriotism, Sex, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Let’s face it, we live in a decadent culture. And nowhere and at no time is our country’s decadency put on display in such a spectacular orgy of sight and sound than at the Super Bowl. As one friend tweeted: “Sex . . . Booze . . . Violence . . . Cussing . . […]

Same-Sex Marriage and the Fulfillment of God’s Command

On June 19, 2012, in Bible, Culture, Family, God, Grace, Love, Sex, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

God loves creativity and uniqueness. If God had wanted all humankind to be identical, He would have created us all males or all females. But He didn’t. We’re different. However, our culture has challenged the distinctiveness of the sexes. Men are becoming more feminine and women are becoming more masculine. Gender and sexual confusion reigns. […]

Mother’s Milk, the Bible, and Same-Sex Marriage

On June 7, 2012, in Barack Obama, Belief, Bible, Culture, President, Sex, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

I have a gay cousin. We don’t see eye-to-eye on his lifestyle, but we love each other. I had a gay uncle, by marriage. We didn’t see eye-to-eye on his lifestyle either, but we loved each other. My cousin knows where I stand on homosexuality, as did my uncle. But my biblical conviction caused me […]

How Religious Arguments against Same-Sex Marriage became Irrational

On May 24, 2012, in America, Barack Obama, Belief, Bible, Culture, Freedom, Politics, President, Sex, by Derrick G. Jeter

When President Obama came out and endorsed same-sex marriage, in an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, just one day after North Carolina citizens voted to ban homosexual marriage, I smelled the sulfur of political arson. Since then, a firestorm of debate about the nature of marriage and the mischaracterization of traditional marriage proponents […]

The Politics of Power and Lust

On June 8, 2011, in Character, Culture, Love, Power, Sex, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

The great observer of life, G. K. Chesterton, wrote: “There is only one very timid sort of man that is not afraid of women.” [1] Yes, and his name is fool. This rooster came home to roost this week once again with the admission from U.S. Representative Anthony Wiener that he had been carrying on […]