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16 thoughts on “My kind of redneck”

  1. F. T. says:

    His being a brother takes the redneck word away. And how awesome is the thoughtful calm with which the words flow. So great!

    1. Ray Ortlund says:

      Hold on now, FT. The word redneck is personal to yours truly. Not a word I’d shy away from at all.

    2. Melody says:

      Some families consider the title of Redneck a good thing. I know many in my family prefer it.

  2. F. T. says:

    Aha! I revealed my own old-self dividing lines. You, sir, are my kind of brother!

    1. Ray Ortlund says:

      You’re awesome.

  3. patee jennings says:

    Redneck Religion that goes deep into the truth of God’s grace for all!

  4. Not only is He there, but He is not silent.

  5. Kathy Ward says:

    I always said that if I could’ve made a living at it, I would’ve gotten a degree in etymology. I’ve always had a strong interest for the origin of words and phrases. I no longer use the phrase red-neck for anyone after learning it’s origins.

    In the days of slavery and sharecropping, with the long hard days in the dangerously hot sun, it was the custom of the slaves to dip their felted hats in water, and many even cut the tops out leaving an extremely large brim. This cooler water-logged hat did a lot of good and kept many a farm hand from heat stroke. Not a single white worker would copy what a slave did, so they suffered in the heat, out of sheer spite and prejudice.

    My husband and I really enjoy Duck Dynasty; the popularity of the show is a pleasant phenomena for sure. Nonetheless, I sure wish another word besides red-neck would take root.

  6. John E Bierschwale says:

    A Great and True Story, God Bless Everyone!

  7. F. T. says:

    Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:12, 13 ESV)

  8. Jimmy says:

    “Don’t be messin’ with my sister here. I’ll break ya legs.” :)

  9. Shayne McAllister says:

    Good grief. Not only is he a redneck, he self identifies as a redneck and glories in it. He essentially makes his living on the redneck brand. The nice thing about rednecks is that they don’t mind being called one.

    Anyway. Great video. I’m glad it’s going viral.

  10. Michael Lumpkin says:

    Ray, what are we to do with the doctrine (false) of baptismal regeneration espoused by the Robertson’s and the church they’re members of, where their brother is pastor? I like the show, but am troubled by how quickly evangelicals adopt and promote such things.

    1. Ray Ortlund says:

      Thanks, Michael. If that is true about the doctrine of their church, I hope their church changes its position. But I don’t know about that, and I am not promoting their church. What I do know about is what this man says here, and he deserves to be promoted.

      I do not believe we must be flawless in every respect before we can be appreciated for what is good about us, even as much remains to be improved.

      1. Michael Lumpkin says:

        Thanks, Ray. Kind response, and I don’t disagree with each clear statement of the gospel being promoted. I’m not trying to “witch hunt” on this, just praying that discernment be measured in the church today. It at least encourages (us) pastors to be very clear with the gospel, and what it does and doesn’t demand of us. Blessings.

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