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The beards are back for the fourth season of cable TV's highest rated reality show. Here are nine more things you should know about the faith of the Robertson clan (see also the original 9 things post).

1. Why Duck Dynasty matters: Poised to be the biggest cable show of all time, Duck Dynasty is the highest rated show on TV to consistently portray a family that is unapologetic about their Christian faith and their affection for one another. The pop culture phenomenon is making it harder for television executives to ignore the demand for shows that portray families who put God first in their lives.

2. Jase and Missy Robertson on the Biblical view of marriage.

3. Phil Robertson on evangelism.

4. Phil Robertson on the sanctity of life: "You have a God-given right to live, in all places, inside your mother."

5. Alan Robertson, the beardless eldest son, recently joined the show after being off-camera for the first three seasons. He tells why he feels on why the family is doing the show now:
I really feel like God had prepared us for such a moment as this. And when America needs some family to say, 'Hey, we can make mistakes, you know, we can come from nothing -- we can have all these things now, but ultimately none of it matters except that we're saved, and we're going to be in heaven with Christ forever.'

6. Si Robertson on believing in the resurrection of the dead.

7. Kay Robertson on family values: "God is the reason for our success. Family values are not attainable without a faith in and relationship with God."

8. Jace Robertson on faith and Genesis 1:1.

9. Lisa Robertson, Alan's wife, on taking their message beyond the physical congregation:
To have a great church is good. But there is people out there that's not ever going to darken the doors that we have here. And they may not ever darken the doors of any church building.

And so, if we can give them a little taste of Christianity, a little taste of God, but in a fun way, to tell them that just because you're a Christian doesn't mean that you can't have loads of fun and laugh all the time and just enjoy what God's given you.


Recent posts in this series:

9 Things You Should Know About Child Brides

9 Things You Should Know About Human Trafficking

9 Things You Should Know About the Scopes Monkey Trial

9 Things You Should Know About Social Media

9 Things You Should Know about John Calvin

9 Things You Should Know About Independence Day and the Declaration of Independence

9 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Cases

9 Things You Should Know About the Bible

9 Things You Should Know About Fathers and Father's Day 

9 Things You Should Know About Mothers and Mother's Day

9 Things You Should Know About Human Cloning

9 Things You Should Know About Pornography and the Brain

9 Things You Should Know About Planned Parenthood

9 Things You Should Know About the Boston Marathon Bombing

9 Things You Should Know About Female Body Image Issues

9 Things You Should Know About the Gosnell Infanticide and Murder Trial

9 Things You Should Know About Edith Schaeffer

9 Things You Should Know About Duck Dynasty 

9 Things You Should Know About Holy Week

9 Things You Should Know About the Papacy

9 Things You Should Know About Pope Benedict XVI

9 Things You Should Know About Martin Luther King, Jr.

9 Things You Should Know About George Washington (and his Birthday)

9 Things You Should Know About Roe v. Wade


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We have a soothsayer in our midst! ;P

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August 28, 2013 at 06:57 PM

I like the DD, but it's *entertainment* not church or even a para church ministry. I think it's especially neat--baptism beliefs (whatever they are-are)and whatnot aside--that these folks seem to actually represent the true God of scripture..while making duck calls, hunting, playing and family-ing. On secular tv. Not something you see these days. Maybe not perfectly but: this is the Arts & Entertainment channel; on secular tv; showcasing sinners, like us.

So it occurs to me..

After all the fallout the show seems to have generated among believers, if the serious consideration of its *source* has been lost on many..? Some are having a kinnip because of the Robertson's denominational affiliation and what that may or may not mean within the bounds of biblical orthodoxy; some over how the Gospel is or is not "presented"...presumed eschatological beliefs they may hold to and whatever else people can go on about. This is a television SHOW. Yes these are men who share their faith publicly, it's all over the youtube. Yes they have a book deal with a Christian publication, etc... Have they been given more evangelical mileage with which to travel than they should have, I wonder? Seems they were doing fine in their own circles of Gospel influence.


It appears we have assimilated Duck Dynasty into the evangelical "world" and not the other way around. With that it seems entirely on us, not them, to move forward in our own respective races with help from our own local Body and pastors and be continuing in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel;. Leave the entertainment to the DD boys and enjoy the show for what it is (if that's your thing): Secular TV, with an extra heaping helping of grace to be a beacon in a dark world. But don't make the Dynasty more than it is.

Blessings all ~


August 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Yep, old post. Anyway, it's not particularly important, and I certainly wasn't intentionally trying to irritate anyone. Thanks for your gracious words.

As for the "possible" affiliation with CofC - they are absolutely without doubt CofC folks. Phil's actually an elder (I can't describe how cool that would be, at least to me).

This will sound crazy, but grace is tough to handle if you've never been taught grace. People can find a degree of comfort in legalism - a problem certainly not confined to the CofC. You tick these 46 boxes and go to heaven. Anyway, that's thankfully changing with our tradition's younger generation. Which is great.

Thanks again!

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August 26, 2013 at 12:22 AM

I LOVE these guys! I believe they are Church of Christ attenders in Lousiana but what genuine people! Sharing Christ's love and giving Him the Glory! We need more people like them in the industry!


August 26, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I believe that there is room within orthodoxy for some eschatological differences.


August 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

No idea. But seeing as I'm a member of a Church of Christ, and I know something of Reformed Theology (I'll wait while you climb back in your chair)...

This isn't directed at you, but the last '9 things' DD post comments section really was depressing. It turned quickly into a nasty little pile on for DD and Church of Christ folks. I expected better.

I really value this site, Challies, all of them. Reformed folks have a wonderful perspective, and we share many ancestors in the Reformation, even if we'd now argue over specific issues. But I don't troll CofC sites (if there are any) to trash Reformed folks. I would have hoped some would extend the same courtesy.

All right, everybody. Let's get rolling with the YEAH BUT I HEARD THEY BELIEVE THIS!!!! comments.

Peter Scholtens

August 26, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Great guys, but their eschatology is messed up. We are not going to be in heaven with Jesus forever. We get to be with Jesus on the New Earth forever.


August 26, 2013 at 10:50 AM

I will curious to see in the coming years if this show is still on the air, how things will go if the issue of gay marriage is ever broached. How will they handle the subject and how will the network handle their response to the subject.


August 26, 2013 at 08:25 PM

Beverly more than likely the a question about the issue will be addressed to a family member in another venue/context on camera without warning outside of the confines of the show, and whatever the response it will be it will be controversial.


August 26, 2013 at 02:55 PM

DMP, I agree with your statement. I did see a show this last season where Mrs. K set up a photo shoot and the photographer was clearly a homosexual. Phil's response was hilarious! Not sure what their stance on the NON Biblical, "Politically Correct" gay marriage subject would be but, I would like to think they would keep to the simple things of life and family and avoid such topics, at least as long as they can!


August 26, 2013 at 02:51 PM

Morgan, I simply stated their possible affiliation with C of C, no trash or disrespect. Simply stated, they are great guys that love Jesus. Simply put, any Christ follower should represent as well as they do!

I guess I missed the "nasty" comments about the DD. Was that in a old post?

I think it is awesome that you are here on a "reformed" site! My C of C friends are not as open to being informed as you! They are very closed off to getting understanding or wisdom about Grace based vs works based or Arminian Theology.

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Stanley Neuhaus

August 25, 2013 at 07:24 PM

They most likely know nothing of Reformed Theology, but they are as genuine and faithful as any I know. I love these guys.