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An interview with Phil and Kay Robertson

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Though you’ve been married nearly 50 years now, your early life together was often rocky, and for a time you were even separated. Phil, what did it take for you to become the head of the household you are today? Why was it so hard for you to really love your wife early on? What have you learned since then?

PHIL: That’s an easy one. It was hard to love my wife and kids because I was all wrapped up in loving only myself. I did what I wanted, when I wanted, without any real concern for them. After becoming a Christian, I was still a bit rough around the edges, but gradually Christ has worked in my heart to change me into a man who knows how to love others—putting their needs above my own. The new way is better than the old—hands down.

Kay, what impact has Christ made in your marriage? How have you seen Him changing you and Phil over the years?

KAY: Christ has meant everything to our marriage. It was my commitment to Christ and the words from my grandmother that made me stick with Phil when there wasn’t much to hold on to. How has Phil changed? Do you have a year to hear about it? His love for the outdoors, his pioneer spirit, and his quest for adventure has not changed. But his heart has been turned inside out. He’s a new man in every way that involves relationships.

Phil, you went to some lengths to get the show’s writers and produces to let you include the words “in Jesus name” during the closing prayer. Why do you think it was originally left out? Why was it so important to you that it be included?

PHIL: What use is being in front of millions of people if you don’t use the opportunity to portray life in Christ that will save their lives? I’m all about sharing the Good News of how our bodies can one day leave the grave that is facing every single one of us. There is a way out.

I think a lot of people might be surprised to learn that you actually cook some yourself. What are some of your favorite things to cook? Do you and Kay cook together—or do you prefer to fly solo?

PHIL: I make a mean pecan pie, and I have a great recipe for pralines—also using pecans. Pralines take a lot of patience, and patience is a must in the duck blind as well as in the kitchen. Good things come to those who wait. Kay and I make a great team in the kitchen, but I do have my specialties that I like to handle myself.

Kay, what do you think about Phil being in the kitchen?

KAY: I love having Phil in the kitchen! Not only is he a great cook, but it means less work for me!

In your life together now, you have many opportunities to invite people to Christ and the marriage supper of the Lamb. How have you seen God working through you to build His family and His kingdom? What has surprised you most about that?

PHIL: In our experience, people are eager to learn the good news of Jesus. In a world that is skeptical about all things religious—especially Christian things—when the message of Jesus’ love, grace, and salvation is shared, hearts are changed, marriages heal, addictions are overcome. Even though we see it every day, we are continually awed by the power of the gospel to melt a heart.

Emily Whitten
Emily Whitten

Emily reviews books and movies for WORLD and is a contributor at RedeemedReader.com. She homeschools her two children and sees books through the eyes of a mother.


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