Allen, Ronald J.


"Ronald Allen, ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Preaching and New Testament. He has been at CTS since 1982.
From 1977 to 1982 he and his spouse, the Reverend Linda McKiernan-Allen, were co-pastors of First Christian Church, Grand Island, Nebraska. He received a Ph.D. from Drew University, a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in New York and an A.B. from Phillips University.

In addition to over 100 articles and chapters in books Allen is the author of 20 books. The most recent are Preaching Luke-Acts, Preaching Classic Texts; with David M. Greenhaw, Preaching in the Context of Worship; with Gilbert L. Bartholomew, Preaching Verse by Verse. He is also the author of a widely used textbook Interpreting the Gospel: An Introduction to Preaching and editor of its popular companion, Patterns of Preaching: A Sermon Sampler. He previously jointly authored with Scott Black Johnston and Barbara S. Blaisdell, Theology for Preaching: Authority, Truth, and Knowledge of God in a Postmodern Ethos. Volumes that he has written by himself include The Teaching Sermon, Preaching the Topical Sermon, Contemporary Biblical Interpretation for Preaching, Preaching for Growth, The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible: The Parables (volume 9), and Our Eyes Can Be Opened: Preaching the Miracle Stories of the Synoptic Gospels Today. He and Clark M. Williamson have collaborated on five widely used books: The Vital Church: Teaching, Worship, Community, Service; Interpreting Difficult Texts: Anti-Judaism and Christian Preaching, The Teaching Minister, A Credible and Timely Word: Process Theology and Preaching, and Adventures of the Spirit: A Guide to Worship from the Perspective of Process Theology. He joined John C. Holbert in writing Holy Root, Holy Branches: Christian Preaching from the Old Testament. He contributed to Thankful Praise: A Guide to the Renewal of Worship in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)." [from website]