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 […]

Gratitude: Happiness Doubled by Joy

On November 27, 2014, in America, Thanksgiving, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Erma Bombeck called Thanksgiving, “pig-out time throughout the land.” And O. Henry called the holiday, “purely American. The holiday may be purely American—and a time to pig-out on turkey—but the attitude is purely Christian. Few things are more unChristian than for a forgiven sinner to be an ungrateful saint. Ungratefulness is a sign of pride, […]

The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton

On December 19, 2013, in America, Character, Congress, History, Lying, Politics, President, Truth, U.S. Constitution, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

December 19, 1998—fifteen years ago, today—the United States House of Representatives impeached President William Jefferson Clinton. It was a dark day in our history, but darker days were ahead. These are my journal entries. ✯ ✯ ✯ Tuesday, 15 September 1998 Whenever great nations reach “the summit of grandeur,” John Adams wrote his friend, Nathan […]

Anthony Weiner and the Righteousness of the Nation

On August 13, 2013, in America, Character, Culture, Leadership, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

Private character determines public conduct. At one time in our country that simple truth was never questioned—that a man who would not honor his personal vows to his wife could not honor his public vows to his office. This is not that time. In fact, we haven’t lived during that time for at least fifteen […]

Listen to Me When I’m Talking to You

On May 13, 2013, in Bible, Children, Family, God, Love, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

The great Vaudeville performer and pop philosopher, Sophie Tucker made this astute observation: From birth to eighteen a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to thirty-five a girl needs good looks; from thirty-five to fifty-five a girl needs a good personality, and from fifty-five on she needs cash. [1] Well, I don’t know where you […]

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 […]

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 […]

America’s Unfulfilled Potential

On February 22, 2013, in America, Character, Culture, Heroes, Virtue, by Derrick G. Jeter

A great man died this week. Chances are you’ve never heard his name and wouldn’t recognize his picture. But his death has affected me deeply. He was my teacher and mentor. And outside of my family, he probably exerted more influence in my life than any other. He had a wonderful sense of humor. “Men […]