Wesley Allen

Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics



Office Location

Selecman 211c




Ph.D., Emory Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1996; M.Div., Yale Divinity School, 1990; B.A., Birmingham-Southern College, 1987

Teaching Specialties

Introduction to preaching, preaching the New Testament; exegesis for preaching; preaching in postmodernism; preaching through the liturgical year; theology in preaching; prophetic preaching; preaching in the context of worship

Research Interests

Preaching in postmodernity; conversational homiletics; cumulative approaches to preaching; preaching and the Synoptic Gospels; preaching and the human condition

Selected Publications

::  The Physics of Worship: An Introduction to Mainline Worship (Abingdon, forthcoming in 2017).

::  Biblical Preaching Handbook, editor (Westminster John Knox, forthcoming in 2019)

::  Preaching in the Era of Trump (Chalice Press, 2017)

::  Preaching and the Human Condition (Abingdon, forthcoming in 2016)

::  The Sermon without End: A Conversational Approach to Preaching, co-authored with Ronald J. Allen (Abingdon, 2015)

::  Moving Beyond Heterosexism in the Pulpit,& co-authored with Emily Askew (Cascade, 2015)

::  Matthew, Fortress Biblical Commentaries (Fortress, 2013)

::  Reading the Synoptic Gospels: Basic Methods for Interpreting Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Revised and Expanded (Chalice, 2013)

::  Determining the Form: Structures for Preaching, Elements of Preaching Series (Fortress, 2008)

::  Preaching and Reading the Lectionary: A Three Dimensional Approach to the Liturgical Year; (Chalice, 2007)

::  The Homiletic of All Believers: A Conversational Approach; (Westminster John Knox, 2005)

::  Good News from Tinyville: Stories of Heart and Hope (Chalice, 1999)

Professional Distinctions

Ordained elder, The United Methodist Church, Indiana Annual Conference; Past President of the Academy of Homiletics; Co-Series coordinator of the Westminster Homiletics Monograph; Editor of Elements of Preaching series, Fortress Press, 2007-09; Chair of the Hermeneutics and Biblical Studies Group, Academy of Homiletics, 2003-06; Steering Committee for the Bible and Homiletics Consultation, Society of Biblical Literature, (2004-06).

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