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.

For November 17 (Proper 28, Year C)

Today’s lessons are getting us in the mood for Advent. We still have Christ the King Sunday to celebrate next week, but today we get a foretaste of the four Sundays after next. Advent is all about preparing the way of Christ, [...]

By |2019-11-17T09:01:14+00:00November 17th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For November 17 (Proper 28, Year C)

For November 10 (Proper 27, Year C)

Luke 20:27-38 Many today, like me, are convinced that our shared lives with God continue in some unfathomable way after death. But many are convinced of just the opposite: this life is all there is. It was the same in Jesus' day. [...]

By |2019-11-04T10:31:14+00:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For November 10 (Proper 27, Year C)

For November 3 (Proper 26, Year C)

Luke 19:1-10, tomorrow's Gospel lesson, is yet another story about Jesus befriending people that you and I would consider dangerous to befriend at the very least. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector, not a bespectacled agent of the IRS, but a fearsome [...]

By |2019-11-01T11:57:54+00:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For November 3 (Proper 26, Year C)

For October 27 (Proper 25, Year C)

In this week's Gospel lesson (Luke 18:9-14) Jesus tricks us. He tells the parable about a smug "churchgoing" man and a despised collaborator with the Roman Empire – a traitor to his own people. The churchgoer prays, "God, I thank you that [...]

By |2019-10-24T13:11:06+00:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 27 (Proper 25, Year C)

Prayer in Process Thought

Do you ever wonder about prayer? Well ... duh! I’ve never met anybody who didn’t wonder about prayer. I mean, just what does it do? Sure, sometimes good things happen for people who pray, but so do bad things. And the same [...]

By |2019-10-26T10:23:10+00:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Prayer in Process Thought

For October 20 (Proper 24, Year C) 

Genesis 32:22-31; Luke 18:1-8  “So,” says Jesus, “you have this need. It’s a constant need, a need you can’t deny, regardless of what you believe—or don’t believe. It’s a need to pray. And it’s not just any prayer. It’s this demand, this [...]

By |2019-10-20T18:53:30+00:00October 19th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 20 (Proper 24, Year C) 

Order for an Agape

  “Agape” (uh-gah-pay) is the New Testament Greek word for “self-giving love.” In Christian tradition an “Agape” is also the name for informal meals and times of togetherness and mutual sharing. Many scholars believe that an Agape was the earliest setting for [...]

By |2019-10-08T12:17:10+00:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Order for an Agape

For October 13 (Proper 23, Year C)

Luke 17:11-19 Imagine a group of people who can't stand Jews. Like Jews, they believe in one God and even share some common stories about Moses, but after that they disagree violently, and the disagreements eclipse what they share in common. What [...]

By |2019-10-07T13:23:56+00:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 13 (Proper 23, Year C)

For October 6 (Proper 22, Year C)

In this week's Gospel reading (Luke 17:5-10), it’s important to know that Jesus has just finished telling all his followers that they need to forgive one another no matter how often they feel mistreated (17:4). His closest followers, the apostles, don't think [...]

By |2019-09-30T10:46:32+00:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 6 (Proper 22, Year C)

For September 29 (Proper 21, Year C)

Amos 6:1a, 4-7; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31 (online here) We have three lessons this Sunday that issue stern warnings about what might happen to us if we are too comfortable with our possessions. Amos says,  “Alas for those who are at [...]

By |2019-09-24T12:22:49+00:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For September 29 (Proper 21, Year C)