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 October 17 (Proper 24, Year B)

Mark 10:35-45 “Can I give you a call? Do you have time to talk?” How often do you cringe, at least a bit, when you hear that? Chances are, somebody wants to ask something of you. Not always. Sometimes it’s all about [...]

By |2021-10-15T08:27:53+00:00October 14th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 17 (Proper 24, Year B)

Preaching Panentheism

Every sermon I’ve ever preached in the past 40+ years has at least presumed some sort of panentheism. Sometimes I actually focus on it, though avoiding technical jargon. The following is a version of a sermon I’ve preached several times in different [...]

By |2021-10-11T11:49:56+00:00October 11th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Preaching Panentheism

Out in Scripture—Proper 22B

Out in Scripture 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Proper 22), Year B God comes to us in our flesh — on our terms — to draw us into right relation with one another and all of creation. This week's lectionary Bible passages: Job [...]

By |2021-10-02T12:10:59+00:00October 2nd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Out in Scripture—Proper 22B

For October 10 (Proper 23, Year B)

Amos 5:6-7,10-15; Mark 10:17-31 Our readings this week are all about generosity and social justice. It may be news to many Americans, but putting the urgent needs of the poor ahead of the wishes of the rich is one of the most [...]

By |2021-09-27T08:25:09+00:00September 27th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 10 (Proper 23, Year B)

Karen Armstrong’s Case for God

I am amazed at the breadth of scholarship that went into Karen Armstrong’s The Case for God (New York: Anchor Books, 2009). Yes, it’s scholarship with an agenda, but is there any such thing as scholarship without an agenda of some sort? [...]

By |2021-09-21T06:21:24+00:00September 18th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Karen Armstrong’s Case for God