Watchwoman: This prayer may have left me shaking my head in utter amazement and 50% shock, but it was sure something to hear! I may have gulped several times, and I have to say, I’ve never heard anything like it EVER before in my entire LIFE! We always watch NASCAR and Nationwide and except when they race in California, as I recall, they pray in Jesus name. But here in Tennessee this Baptist Pastor Joe Nelms of Family Baptist Church in the city of Gladeville, shook the foundations. I knew this would make YOUTUBE and it wouldn’t surprise me if it goes viral! It also made our local 11 o’clock news Saturday night — and they didn’t clip it before it got to the part where he prayed “in Jesus name”! But it doesn’t end there, he still has words after “in Jesus name” taken right from the mouth of Darrell Waltrip, one of the announcers for NASCAR. This is a must watch! I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about it. I have many ambivalent feelings. After you watch it, you might want to share yours at the bottom of the page in the comments box. ▬ Donna Calvin
Excerpt from The Blaze: A Tennessee pastor shocked more than a few spectators on Saturday during the NASCAR Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide series race. Why? Not only did he thank God for “Dodges” and “Toyotas” during the pre-race prayer, but he made sure to thank the Almighty for his “smokin’ hot wife.”
Reuters recounts the epic invocation by Pastor Joe Nelms of Family Baptist Church in Gladeville, Tenn:
He thanked God for such things as “these mighty machines that you’ve brought before us,” going on to cite the wonders of Dodges and Toyotas and Fords.
Prayerful thanks then were directed to, among other things,
“Sunoco Racing Fuel and Goodyear tires that bring performance and power to the track.”
But it was when he got to his family that he had fans and drivers unsuccessfully holding back laughter.
“Lord I want to thank you for my smokin’ hot wife tonight, Lisa, my two children, Eli and Emma, or as we like to call them the Little E’s.”
The prayer was quickly captured by many and posted on YouTube, and shows several breaking out in laughter during the normally serious ritual: