Now more than ever, it's time to preach. The election of Donald Trump left countless faith leaders across the country speechless. Now that he is president, silence must give way to prophetic preaching. Christians have long debated whether politics should be addressed from the pulpit. Following Donald Trump's controversial, divisive rise to power and the sweeping changes his fledgling administration has already proposed, that's no longer a question -- political preaching will be the order of the day, even for pastors who try to steer clear of controversy. It's up to preachers to make the church great again by leading it to embrace and embody God's concern for those whose lives are at stake in a Trump administration. Veteran teacher, preacher, and author Wes Allen offers a blueprint for addressing current events through a Gospel lens, persuasively and pastorally-- without engaging in divisive, antagonistic rhetoric.
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Rev. Dr. O. Wesley Allen, Jr. is the Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Allen serves as president of the Academy of Homiletics. He earned degrees from Emory University, Yale Divinity School; and Birmingham-Southern College. Previous to Perkins, Dr.Allen served on the faculties of Lexington Theological Seminary and Drew University, and served as a local church pastor and campus minister. He is the author and editor of numerous books on homiletics and interpretation of the New Testament, as well as many scholarly articles and published sermons. Allen's area of expertise, the Synoptic Gospels and Acts, produced the seminal Reading the Synoptic Gospels: Basic Methods for Interpreting Matthew, Mark, and Luke (revised and expanded in 2013). In the arena of preaching and worship, Dr. Allen has special interest in rethinking the role of preaching and liturgy in the shifting, postmodern world of the twenty-first century. Other books published with Chalice Press include Preaching Resurrection and Preaching and Reading the Lectionary: The Three Dimensions of the Liturgical Year.