Author: David Allen

Dr. Allen serves as a Professor of Preaching and Dean of the School of Theology. He has served as a senior pastor of two churches for 21 years, as well as several interim pastorates. He was recently elected as the new Dean of the new School of Preaching. Twitter: @DrDavidLAllen

5 Keys to Reaching the “Selfie” Generation

We all learned a new word in 2012: “selfie.” For those of you who may still be in the cultural dark on this one, a “selfie” is a self-portrait photograph typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone held at arm’s length and then sh... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Exodus

This month, Oscar-winning director and producer Ridley Scott will bring his biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale in the role of Moses, to the big screen. Certainly, the movie has sparked much discussion for many reasons, which brings t... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Luke

With Christmas quickly approaching, many pastors will preach Christmas sermon series during December and/or special Christmas services. The Gospel of Luke provides the most comprehensive details regarding the birth of Jesus and surrounding events, including th... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Psalms

Wisdom. Hope. Despair. Salvation. Thanksgiving. Praise. All of these are themes throughout the Psalms. Preaching through the Psalms can be a daunting task for preachers due to the sheer size of the book.... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Revelation

With the movie remake of Left Behind coming to theaters next month, there will certainly be a lot of talk about the book of Revelation and the end times in the media and churches throughout the world. Many pastors will consider preaching the book of Revelation... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Jonah

A call from God. A disobedient prophet. A great fish. A miraculous repentance. The biblical story of Jonah is familiar to pre-schoolers and adults alike. A powerful picture of God’s great love for the world, its simple yet powerful storyline captures att... Read More »

Preaching Tools: Galatians

With tomorrow being the 4th of July, freedom will be a constant theme on social media, television programming, and sermons on Sunday. Paul reminds us in Galatians 5:1 that “It was for freedom that Christ has set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do n... Read More »

Before the “Wow!” You Must Experience the “Woe!”

During a chapel sermon on Feb. 18, Dr. David Allen preached on Isaiah’s vision of the Lord in Isaiah 6:1-13. As he explained Isaiah’s response to seeing the Lord, Allen noted that if you want the “wow” of worship and service you must fi... Read More »

Text-Driven Preaching and Pragmatic Textual Analysis

Pragmatic analysis of texts asks the questions “What is the author’s purpose of a text?” and “What does an author desire to accomplish with his text.” The text-driven preacher is always attempting to accomplish something with every sermon. All verbal... Read More »

Four Types of Meaning in Texts

The text-driven preacher must recognize that there are four basic types of meaning conveyed in every text and context: referential, situational, structural and semantic. Referential meaning is that which is being talked about; the subject matter of a text. Sit... Read More »