I have never watched Duck Dynasty, nor do I ever care to. Part of it is that I do not like to watch much television, part of it is that I am not a fan of reality TV, and the final part is that I do not like the pure commercialization of Duck Dynasty paraphernalia. But I have to offer great praise for the 'Duck Commander' Phil Robertson for his interview with GQ magazine and not forgetting about his faith. Of course, as you may know, A&E indefinitely suspended Phil for some of his comments reported in the article. Of particular commentary fame is this quote from the article:
I just read in the news today that the owner of Sweetcakes in Oregon is closing down its business after a same-sex couple was refused service. The state has a provision on the law books that prevents denial of private business services based on sexual orientation. The debate has its supporters and opponents, with one side screaming 'INTOLERANCE!', though I am not sure why the other side is not doing the same.
During my usual quick read-through the scriptures, I normally plow through the Word for familiarity, not deep study. But this morning, I was not able to get past a verse of scripture dealing with life in the Lord, death, faith, and more. The verse was 2 Samuel 14:14:
Americans are always looking for a magic bullet. Whether it is money, health, or spiritual growth. We can spot these all around us if we look, and I know that there was a time when I was a victim of the mentality myself. I was in college studying biology, chemistry, physics and the like.
For today's article, I wanted to resurrect a letter that I wrote almost five years ago. To set the stage, I had just graduated with my doctors degree and I was teaching at Bucknell University. I was always in contact with several of my teachers from High School and I noticed that my old principal was still at the school, so I sent an email detailing my academic accomplishments.