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.

Instead of Asking, “Does God exist?”…

Instead of asking, “Does God exist?,” let’s ask, “How shall we interact with the reality wherein we and all others ‘live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28)?” It’s too late even to ask about the “existence” of this reality—this reality [...]

By |2020-01-27T14:38:21+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Instead of Asking, “Does God exist?”…

For January 26 (Epiphany 3, Year A)

Matthew 4:12-23 Peter, Andrew, James, and John—Matthew tells us that these were the very first followers of Jesus. All Jesus did was call to them, and they walked out on their steady jobs into an uncharted future. Why would they do that? [...]

By |2020-01-25T16:39:59+00:00January 25th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 26 (Epiphany 3, Year A)

Keeping the Good News Good

  [This was originally a brochure written in 2004—Fr. Charles] “God is love, and those who dwell in love dwell in God, and God dwells in them.”—1 John 4:16b “Christ is the Logos of whom all people were partakers; and those who [...]

By |2020-01-24T15:35:09+00:00January 24th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Keeping the Good News Good

For January 19 (Epiphany 2, Year A)

John 1:29-42 Our lesson from the Gospel of John is about another John – most often referred to as John the Baptist. I've run into people who think that this John's title made him a member of a Baptist church. So, for [...]

By |2020-01-20T01:41:15+00:00January 18th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 19 (Epiphany 2, Year A)

Gospel

No matter how odd, no matter how broken you seem to be, you are already embraced by what I and other Christians have come to name the All-Embracing Communion of God's Spirit in Jesus Christ, and that embrace is already drawing you [...]

By |2020-01-02T14:53:04+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Gospel

For January 5 & 6 (Second Sunday after Christmas & Feast of the Epiphany, All Years)

Matthew 2:1-12 (online here) Christmas ends with the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. The word “epiphany” means “disclosure,” and in this case it refers to the first disclosure of Jesus’ arrival, and of God’s universally reconciling presence, to non-Jews (aka [...]

By |2019-12-31T10:49:50+00:00December 31st, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For January 5 & 6 (Second Sunday after Christmas & Feast of the Epiphany, All Years)

For December 25 & 29 (Christmas Day & the Sunday After, All Years)

John 1:1-14, or 1:1-18 (online here & here) First was Meaning* Godward and Godful** Entry to all else Lively and all-enlightening. Then was Meaning enfleshed Living among us Shining bountifully and truthfully Unquenched by rejection In the face of Jesus Christ. No one has [...]

By |2019-12-31T10:51:41+00:00December 25th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For December 25 & 29 (Christmas Day & the Sunday After, All Years)

For December 22 (Advent 4, Year A)

Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25 Let’s face it, Isaiah was not thinking about Jesus when he spoke these words to King Ahaz. His focus was on a baby to be born very soon, not hundreds of years later, and he’s assuring Ahaz that [...]

By |2019-12-21T15:14:22+00:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For December 22 (Advent 4, Year A)

For December 15 (Advent 3, Year A)

Luke 1:46-55 (Canticle 15 Book of Common Prayer, Magnificat)* “This song of Mary’s is the oldest Advent hymn. It is the most passionate, most vehement, one might almost say, most revolutionary Advent hymn ever sung. It is not the gentle, sweet, dreamy [...]

By |2019-12-14T13:46:12+00:00December 9th, 2019|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For December 15 (Advent 3, Year A)