February 2020 News Perspective Online

Faculty Update

Wes Allen to preach on “Day 1” Radio Program

The Rev. Dr. O. Wesley Allen Jr., Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins, will be the featured preacher February 16 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at and by podcast.

Allen’s sermon for February 16 is “Hey! Who’s on Trial Here?” based on Micah 6:1-8.

“I’m a nice, decent person,” Allen said. “But this text from Micah says that God requires more than decency, indeed that God requires more of us than just being concerned about justice.”

The program will also include an interview with Allen conducted by Wallace, who is also executive producer.

“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 75 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta. For more information, visit the program’s website,

Allen will also lead the 2020 Schooler Institute on Preaching at Methodist Theological School of Ohio on March 3-4, 2020. He will deliver lectures and lead workshops on the theme “Preaching Mark as Parable.” The first day of the Schooler Institute will focus on this reading and techniques for preaching individual Markan passages in light of the parabolic nature of the whole document. On the second day, Allen will present strategies for preaching through Mark cumulatively, especially for (but not limited to) those following the Revised Common Lectionary.


Jack Levison at Brite Divinity

Jack Levison, W.J.A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins, recently led a daylong seminar titled “The Holy Spirit We Never Knew” at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth. The February 1 program, which focused on the Old and New Testaments, gave participants the opportunity to “search out how the Spirit hovers, fills, rushes, clothes, rests and is poured out upon the people.” The 13th Jean and Patrick Henry Seminar was presented by Brite’s Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity.


Craig Hill at Martin Methodist College

Perkins Dean Craig Hill recently spoke at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn. The January 23 event, “An Evening with Craig Hill,” was presented at the Turner Center at Martin Methodist College. The evening program included a dinner with faculty, students and other guests, followed by a lecture, conversation and Q&A. For the lecture, Dean Hill presented research and insights from his book Servant of All: Status, Ambition and the Way of Jesus; the subsequent conversation explored practical implications of the book for pastors and those who serve in the church.


Clark-Soles at Interfaith Panel

Photo courtesy of Patrick Burrell Photography.

The Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament, recently served as moderator of an interfaith panel featuring Rabbi David Stern of Temple Emanu-El Dallas, Imam Omar Suleiman of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and Rev. Chris Girata, senior priest of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas. The event was hosted by YPO Gold Maverick, a business leaders’ group. “The conversation was robust, informative and one that honored God as we truly treated one another as children of said God,” said Clark-Soles. “An evening well-spent!”