Charles Allen

About Charles Allen

Fr. Charles Allen is an Episcopal priest who has served GraceUnlimited since 2004. Rather than providing all the answers, he prefers to ask a lot of questions, and he welcomes yours, too.

A Brief Commentary on the Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is the most widely accepted summation of Christian faith in the world. It was adopted, rejected, revised and finally adopted again by the majority of Christian leaders (bishops) in the 300s amidst a great deal of political infighting (some [...]

By |2019-07-11T16:07:40+00:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on A Brief Commentary on the Nicene Creed

Is God a Delusion?

[First written in 2007] Part I: On Dawkins’s The God Delusion* Richard Dawkins finds belief in God harmful. Given what he means by “God” and “belief,” he could be right. To his credit, he does seem to be talking about popular and [...]

By |2019-07-11T11:26:47+00:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Is God a Delusion?

For July 21 (Proper 11, Year C)

Luke 10:38-42 (online here) I have a friend who these days teaches religion at one of the "Little Ivy League" colleges. He's a bit embarrassed to recall how enthusiastic he was back in the days of the Jesus Movement—you know, that time [...]

By |2019-07-10T09:24:43+00:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For July 21 (Proper 11, Year C)

For July 14 (Proper 10, Year C)

Luke 10:25-37 (online here)  Don't you wish the rest of the Bible focused on love as much as today's Gospel lesson? You can read passage after passage, or just try listening to the readings on Sunday morning, and more often than not [...]

By |2019-07-14T08:38:18+00:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For July 14 (Proper 10, Year C)

Naming What Keeps Me Going

  In every moment we can awaken to a transformative, interpersonal-like communion with the uniquely all-inclusive way of newly interacting. We can rightfully name this communion as communion with God, without forbidding other namings. And even when life’s occurrences devastate us, we [...]

By |2019-07-06T14:36:31+00:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Naming What Keeps Me Going

For July 7 (Proper 9, Year C)

Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 (online here) One of the most popular buzzwords being tossed about by church leaders today is “missional.” What does it mean—“missional”? Sometimes, when I read the literature, it seems to mean misusing an adjective as a noun. You find [...]

By |2019-07-06T15:45:28+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For July 7 (Proper 9, Year C)

Should We Stop Offering Wholeness?

“Most of the actually existing church acts as a type of drug den with the leaders being like the nicest, most sincere drug dealers. What we pay for are songs, sermons, and prayers that help us avoid our suffering rather than work [...]

By |2019-07-03T10:18:13+00:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Should We Stop Offering Wholeness?

Triune God: Boundlessly Self-Differentiating Communion

In my version of process thought, the uniquely all-inclusive way of newly interacting (God) can just as easily be described as boundlessly self-differentiating communion. As boundless, God is the version of this communion “than which a greater cannot be conceived,” as St. [...]

By |2019-07-11T16:22:36+00:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Triune God: Boundlessly Self-Differentiating Communion

Jesus Follower?

Actually, I tend to cringe at the phrase, “Jesus follower.” I often hear Christians use that phrase to shirk responsibility for all the detestable baggage that Christianity has dumped on the world. They don't seem to realize that quite a bit of [...]

By |2019-06-26T11:38:42+00:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Jesus Follower?