Author Archives: Allen Carr

About Allen Carr

I'm a husband, father, minister, and passionate follower of Jesus.

Ordinary Days: The Comparison

A few weeks ago, Trevor pointed out a phrase Jesus used in Matthew 11: Wisdom is vindicated by her deeds. The basic idea is that the wisdom of Jesus is vindicated by the results of doing things his way. Our readings … Continue reading

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The Slow, Steady Process of Growth

I was shocked over the last month to see how the sport of soccer caught on in this country. Perhaps you were too as you witnessed the large crowds that gathered in places like Chicago, New York and Seattle to watch … Continue reading

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Ordinary Days: Scattered Seeds and Produced Fruit

These agrarian metaphors are sometimes lost on a city boy like me. But you see these constant metaphors as you read through Scripture: seeds, soil, fruit, pruning, growth. Surely those who spent their lives working the ground to produce food understood … Continue reading

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A Promise for the Tired

I am tired. Tired of houses that don’t sell. Tired of houses that break. Tired of plumbing that backs up and ruins my floors. Tired of fighting with insurance. Tired of paying money for things I will never see a … Continue reading

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The Glory in the Welcome

This post is not only a part of our weekly theme, but a continuation of a blog tour I am participating in this summer. Go here to find links to other great posts about The Glory of God. The glory … Continue reading

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Ordinary Days: Show Me

I am a much better talker than a doer. In some ways, we all can be. Our world is full of talk. Whether it’s in the political arena, advertisements or yes, even religion, we hear lots of promises and see … Continue reading

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The Antidote to Fear

One idea jumped out at me in our readings this week. Even though they occur in different portions of scripture, the same concept seemed to be popping out — in Jesus’ encouragement to his followers, in Abraham’s words to a … Continue reading

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Living as Pentecost People

No wonder God chose this, of all days, to pour out his Spirit. Pentecost, or Shevuot in Hebrew, was a Jewish harvest festival often referred to as the “Festival of Weeks” in the Old Testament (Exodus 34:22, Deuteronomy 16:10). Traditionally celebrated … Continue reading

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Pentecost: What Does This Mean?

It’s one of the great scenes in the Bible. A sound like a mighty wind filling the room. Flames sitting on the tops of heads. Uneducated men suddenly speaking in languages that they hadn’t known the moment before. And the … Continue reading

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Separation Anxiety: Why It’s Better with Jesus Gone

I’ve worked with kids and families long enough to see it hundreds of times. You know the scene, too. A mom or a dad goes to drop their kid off at Bible class (or the nursery or school or day … Continue reading

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