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Desert Dynasty Dynamic Genesis 29:15-28

Desert Dynasty Dynamic

Nobody drives us crazy like our own family, but if real love is present, our family is the place to be.

At a Glance

We start with Duck Dynasty, a popular show on cable television. For some reason, these people remind us of an ancient family in the Near East in which first cousins marry each other and this guy ends up marrying and sleeping with two sisters. What possible pastoral lessons relevant for 21st-century Christians might we find in this story?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel reading, see "Kingdom L-I-K-E," July 23, 1993, at

Picture an extended family where all the men dress scruffily, have long hair and beards of biblical proportions. Because of their appearance, a security guard tries to have them removed from an event, not realizing they are the featured guests. On another occasion, although they are quite wealthy, their appearance leads a well-meaning passerby to offer them meal money.

Call it "facial profiling," as one of these bearded men has labeled it.

You may have guessed we're talking about the men of Duck Dynasty, the family...

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