Eric Dishongh, PhD
Connecting others to Jesus and His church as a husband, dad, minister, counselor, professor and friend
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I’ve only shot a gun twice in my entire life. The first time was in Batesville, Arkansas when my grandfather took my brother and me into the woods without my mom knowing anything about it. The second time was inside of our pink house in Destrehan when I attempted to shoot my brother with a BB gun. I missed. He shot back. He didn’t miss. I haven’t shot a gun since!
I did go duck hunting one time with Danny Conzonere, Jr., Thomas Smith, Steve D'Ingianni, and Richard Thomas. Of course, not having a hunting license, I didn’t shoot any ducks on the pond but I did enjoy the boat ride and eating breakfast in the blind.
Furthermore, I don’t own any camouflage and have never been able to grow a beard. I would certainly be considered a “yuppie” by the Robertson men!
My fascination with Duck Dynasty has nothing to do with guns, ducks, camouflage, beards, or country living. Rather, quite frankly, it’s my admiration of how the Robertson family openly declares their Christian faith on the scenes and behind the scenes as well.
Recently, one of our good friends, Lori Tassin, and her family had the opportunity to attend the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana on a Sunday morning. They ended up sitting on the same pew as Si Robertson and the feedback from the Lori was as follows: “Man, that guy sings loud!” Phil Robertson serves as one of the elders at White's Ferry Road, and he was also there that morning.
There are not many national celebrities that can be found in church on Sunday morning!
The point that I’m trying to make is that these guys are genuine, authentic Christians. As Jase Robertson recently said at Oklahoma Christian University, the three most important things in his life are “faith, family, and ducks- and, in that order” (notice the contrast from the above photo and see also link below).
The Robertson family has renewed my zeal in openly expressing my Christian faith to others.
I am blessed with the opportunity each day to interact with many people in the church and in the community. As I think about each of these relationships, I hope that everyone knows that I am a Christian and that I ultimately desire for them to be one as well!
My life purpose is to connect others to Jesus and His church by providing a Christian example and by reaching out on spiritual, relational, academic, and community levels.
Check out these YouTube videos:
1. Phil Robertson’s “Deciding to Follow Jesus” (Lifeway)- http://youtu.be/7KwrmlTPI8w.
2. Willie Robertson’s chapel talk at Harding University- http://youtu.be/5Zf227NaFpg.
3. Jase Robertson’s interview at Oklahoma Christian University- http://youtu.be/6A2Dy9K-C8M.