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 7 (Proper 27, Year B)

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Back in 1960, when I was about six or seven, Mom took my brother and me to see a movie called “The Story of Ruth.” It was a pretty typical, biblical-epic sort of movie that Hollywood liked to turn [...]

By |2021-11-06T15:31:11+00:00October 20th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For November 7 (Proper 27, Year B)

For October 31 (Proper 26, Year B)

Mark 12:28-34 This week’s reading offers a much needed opportunity to focus on the faithfulness that Christians and Jews have always shared in common, something that Christians, in particular, seem to have forgotten all too frequently.* Here’s what we Christians need especially [...]

By |2021-10-19T13:13:40+00:00October 19th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 31 (Proper 26, Year B)

For October 24 (Proper 25, Year B)

Mark 10:46-52 What do the beggar Bartimaeus and Senator Elizabeth Warren have in common? Try this: “Many sternly ordered [Bartimaeus] to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly.” “[Senator Warren] was warned … Nevertheless, she persisted.” They both persisted. They [...]

By |2021-10-19T12:53:44+00:00October 19th, 2021|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 24 (Proper 25, Year B)

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 |2021-10-16T11:00:38+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 (including the word “panentheism”!). The following is a version of a sermon I’ve preached [...]

By |2021-12-04T08:11:46+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)