This is me with Willie, Jep, and Alan (the oldest brother who is going to join the show this season - he's the clean-shaven one).
I brought them camouflage White Sox hats.
And I’m here to tell you that it is real reality. These people are just exactly like they are portrayed on TV. Honest, hardworking, unshaven, God-fearing, entrepreneurial, fun-loving people. They welcomed me with the exact southern hospitality that you would hope to expect.
I spent about a half hour interviewing the boys about the topic of Fatherhood. In the beginning of the Duck Commander business, Phil was a rebel-rousing, alcoholic and Miss Kay (she was awesome!) had to raise the boys by herself and try to keep Phil out of trouble. It got to the point where Phil kicked his family out of the house and they had to go live with other relatives.
Then he found Christ and turned his life around. I mean to the point where Phil was studying the Bible every day and went to seminary to become a Pastor. But Alan and Jep both went through periods where they were prodigals from the faith and from morality, just like their father as they were growing up. So I wanted to get their take on living with an alcoholic dad and then forgiving him as well as how Phil dealt with some sons who followed his prodigal journey.
It's a great interview and will be most of my sermon this weekend for Father’s Day. You don't want to miss it especially since we aren't sure how much you will be able to watch later, because of restrictions by A&E.
Then I was invited to go over to do some filming at Phil and Kay's house which was exactly like you would expect.
When I showed up, they didn't know I was coming and they had people over and were eating dinner so I didn't want to bother them. We just needed to film something in their yard (for the entrance - which will be EPIC), but they wouldn't hear of it. They invited me in and pushed a plate of Phil's Étouffée in front of me. (Play Video)
It was and it is reality.
Alan and I really hit it off, because he's been in ministry for 22 years. He will be featured in that light on the show this season. Actually Willy and Jase are ordained pastors as well. Willie was Alan's youth pastor for years.
It's a crazy awesome family. If you don't watch the show, you need to start. They are bringing normal, loving Christianity to Hollyweird (as Phil calls it). But their passion is sharing Jesus. I'm so proud to have met them.
But don't miss Father's Day this weekend! Don't forget we have two services on Saturday at the Orland Campus – 3:45 pm and 5:45 pm as well as 9 am, 11 am, and 5:45 pm on Sunday. Invite some dads you know - even if they aren't rednecks. They are going to love this.
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Already destined to be another epic Father’s Day at Parkview!