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 July 12 (Proper 10, Year A)

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 This week we have a parable, a familiar one to many of us, and just in case we’re too dense to figure out its meaning, Jesus gives us his own interpretation. In today’s terms it sounds like a story [...]

By |2020-07-06T09:49:02+00:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For July 12 (Proper 10, Year A)

Sex Is Divine—Act Accordingly

“My beloved thrust his hand into the opening, and my insides ached for him. I arose to open to my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, upon the handles of the bolt” (Song of Solomon/Song of Songs [...]

By |2020-07-06T08:00:23+00:00July 5th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Sex Is Divine—Act Accordingly

Centering/Decentering Prayer

Here’s a spiritual practice I commend. It’s very indebted to a popular practice known as centering prayer. But I find the word “centering” somewhat misleading. It seems to me that my Christian faith teaches that to center on God, or on Jesus, [...]

By |2020-07-09T07:55:44+00:00July 4th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Centering/Decentering Prayer

Being Right Here: How “God” Is Like a Pronoun and Why That Matters

“God” isn’t exactly a pronoun, but like pronouns, the word has often functioned, at least partly, as an “indexical” term: “Indexicals are linguistic expressions whose reference shifts from context to context: some paradigm examples are ‘I’, ‘here’, ‘now’, ‘today’, ‘he’, ‘she’, and [...]

By |2020-07-03T13:02:35+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Being Right Here: How “God” Is Like a Pronoun and Why That Matters

For July 5 (Proper 9, Year A)

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke  upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will [...]

By |2020-06-30T11:37:57+00:00June 28th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For July 5 (Proper 9, Year A)

Gordon Kaufman’s “Creativity” & Process Theism

[This is for a course where some of Gordon Kaufman’s works have been assigned.] Gordon Kaufman eventually came to identify God “as the creativity manifest throughout the cosmos”—In the Beginning … Creativity (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004), p. 48. This certainly converges with [...]

By |2020-06-28T11:04:02+00:00June 20th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Gordon Kaufman’s “Creativity” & Process Theism

For June 21 (Proper 7, Year A)

Matthew 10:24-39 Here is what I have said about this passage in previous years (scroll down for what needs to be said this year): We love to hear Jesus saying, “blessed are the peacemakers” (Matt. 5:9). But today we hear, “Do not [...]

By |2020-06-20T10:40:32+00:00June 19th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For June 21 (Proper 7, Year A)

Speaking of God with Good Reason

I speak of God  with good reason when I awaken to manifestations of an ongoing dialogical relationship involving the uniquely all-inclusive reality* (God**) with all less inclusive realities.  These manifestations are moments of varying intensity where this dialogical relationship seems inescapably here. [...]

By |2020-07-05T11:09:33+00:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Speaking of God with Good Reason

For June 14 (Proper 6, Year A)

Genesis 18:1-15 “Sarah laughed within herself, saying: ‘After I have become worn out, is there to be pleasure for me?’”—Genesis 18:12* That was Sarah’s question to herself, laughing with a mixture of disbelief and longing at a stranger’s promise that sounded unrealistic, [...]

By |2020-06-13T13:16:45+00:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For June 14 (Proper 6, Year A)