Carroll Marr is the senior pastor of Southcliff Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. "I don't really want to bore you with the facts about me. I'm just a normal guy. A pastor. A husband. A Dad. A wannabe Granddad. If you'd like more information about all things Carroll, well just read on."
I feel that I must give you some insight into the purpose of this blog. Actually, I am not sure of its purpose but can tell you what you might expect. I will use this space to chat about things that I observe, think, experience, or otherwise encounter. To me, a blog is an opportunity to openly dialogue and stimulate thinking. I will not always answer questions raised; in fact, at times, I will raise them and challenge you to answer. I will always, I think, leave the topic incomplete. That, to me, is the nature of a blog. If I complete the topic it should be a book and not a blog. Sometimes the thoughts will be fun sometimes serious. I do not intend to give you a daily devotional though I would be happy to recommend a couple. My hope is to inspire at times, encourage at others, entertain at others and occasionally make you think a little. We will see if I accomplish any of the above.
I have never been one to avoid conflict, at least in some areas. I am opinionated and will often wade off into a swamp. Normally, when neck deep I wish I hadn’t, but sometimes I can’t help it. That said, let me say that, if my opinion is different than yours, so be it, I am not offended, and hope you aren’t – besides, you can respond to this post and redeem your position.
Yesterday, one of our office employees forwarded a link of a pastor praying before a NASCAR race. The local news announcer at a Nashville station remarks that,” This prayer is one of the most unusual you might ever hear.” and I think it is. But I loved it. Now there is the rub, because this prayer has set off a firestorm in some Christian circles, and the remarks by many Christians have been, well… less than flattering. I liked it; in fact I thought it was hilarious. Now there is yet another rub, many think that a prayer should never been described as hilarious but I think there are more of these types of prayers than we know. I am convinced that God must laugh at our prayer on occasion, the situations we can get into that require intense prayer are sometimes hilarious.
I will include a link to this prayer because you will have to listen for yourself to know where I am coming from. http://deadspin.com/5824226/this-pre+race-prayer-might-actually-be-the-most-redneck-moment-in-nascar-history
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