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Ray Carroll
About Ray Carroll
I am author of the book, "Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World" from Civitas Press. I also contributed an essay to “The Practice of Love: Real Stories of Living Into the Kingdom of God,” under my pseudonym Arthur Dimmesdale. By trade, I am a certified athletic trainer.

I am keenly interested in the theme of redemption and seeing it play out in the Christian community. I'm also intrigued how tragedy affects Christians and how we view it in relationship with the cross. My theology is somewhere between Asahel Nettleton and Bruce Ware.

I'm originally from Arkansas but currently reside in Western Kentucky. I am a husband to my beautiful wife Allison, and a father to three.

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  • 08 May 2013
    New Reality Show Pitch: Church Rescue
    I cannot stand reality television. Well, I take that back. There are a few shows I like. I can handle Storage Wars, Pawn Stars and Auction Hunters (before they added the pawn shop.) But my favorite show is Bar Rescue. On Spike Network’s Bar Rescue, Jon Taffer, nationally known bar...
    Archived in Featured Television
  • 11 Apr 2013
    Cassandra Parkin, “Lighter Shades of Grey” – Part Two
    R: I was interested about your take on how the BDSM community was angry at the book. You said, “The whole point is that both parties are supposed to enjoy the act itself.” (Loc. 956, Kindle). Apparently, James got the BDSM part wrong as well. Have you had members of...
  • 10 Apr 2013
    Cassandra Parkin, “Lighter Shades of Grey” – Part One
    E. L. James “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy has sold millions upon millions of books. Her success has been accredited to all sorts of things. She has critics as well as fans, an upcoming movie and just announced a book on writing tips. I was browsing Amazon recently and came...
    Archived in Featured Interviews
  • 01 Mar 2013
    Oh, Obama! Microchips! Gun Control! Is The End Near?
    I enjoy living in rural Kentucky most of the time. Good people who are willing to jump at the chance to take care of you when you have a problem. People who care about one another. They smile and say “hello” at you, even if they don’t know you. They...
    Archived in World
  • 25 Jan 2013
    Fallen Pastors Can Be Restored: A Personal Tale, Part 2
    While I was writing my book about fallen pastors, I ran into a few pastors who had found a way to restore their ministry. I was dumbfounded. They had, amazingly enough, found a way back into the pastorate. I’m about to share some feelings I’ve never shared before. Thanks to...
  • 23 Jan 2013
    Fallen Pastors Can Be Restored: A Personal Tale, Part 1
    It was just four months after I had committed adultery and fallen from my pastorate. I was showing signs of “true repentance,” some thought. I was reaching out for help. What I was really doing was trying not to lose my mind. I didn’t have a friend in the world....
  • 18 Dec 2012
    An Open Letter to Psy of “Gangnam Style”: ‘Merican Style
    This is a pretentious open letter for Psy, South Korean native and recent hit author of “Gangnam Style.” It was recently discovered that he launched an anti-American tirade back in 2002 during the Iraq war. Yeah. He’s been lapping up the limelight, so of course the media has to dig...
    Archived in Art Culture Now
  • 28 Nov 2012
    Charlie Brown vs. Everything Else
    Once again, Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving special outdrew other major programs including the X-Factor and Survivor. Why is that? The X-Factor is a great show. I’ve actually watched it. It’s a reality show where people compete with great talent to get to get noticed. Survivor? A long running show where people...
    Archived in Television
  • 11 Oct 2012
    Reality Television: What Is Wrong With Us?
    I’ve never liked reality television. I remember watching the movie, “The Truman Show.” I got a kick out of it. But I remember thinking, “What if someone did that?” Well, someone did. I’m too lazy to look back and see where reality television started, but I remember when Survivor came...
    Archived in Featured Television
  • 24 Sep 2012
    I Didn’t Want To Write This Post. Gun Control.
    Do you know where I grew up? Arkansas. Laugh it up. Har-dee-har. “You married to your sister, Ray?” No. My cousin. But thanks for asking. In Arkansas, just like the current state I live in (Kentucky), guns are a huge part of life. The majority of gun use is by...
    Archived in Featured Politics
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