Allen is passionate about a few things: God, his family, and a life that includes good barbecue, bluegrass music, hiking, college sports, and stock car racing. In that order: God, family and a full life of joy.
Talk radio is a natural fit for Allen. He loves to talk, and he loves people. Plus, he is full of opinions (and maybe a little wisdom too). Allen was a Methodist pastor for nearly 20 years, including 8 years at one of the largest Methodist congregations in the world (between 4,000 - 5,000 people attending each week). That has taught him a lot about faith. As a former businessman, he has experienced a lot of life. As a father of two teenage girls, he has learned a lot about real life and faith. In January 2008, Allen converted to become a layperson in the Catholic Church.
Allen was born at a very young age (ok, I think Allen thinks he was funny when he told me this, just laugh along). He grew up in the mountains in Brevard, North Carolina, and then graduated from high school in Lakeland, Florida. As a kid, he loved baseball and all things athletic. He memorized baseball box scores and NCAA tournament pairings. But the Church has usually (but not always) been a significant influence in his life.
Before entering the ministry, Allen worked in business and wandered away from God's plans for a while. Allen quickly discovered that a life serving himself, his own pleasures, and his own plans did not result in much. One day, while entering a Wall Street high-rise in New York, Allen stepped over a homeless man lying on a subway grating for warmth. At that pivotal moment, God taught Allen that it was time to leave behind his own plans and embrace God's plans for his life. A life of serving others and following Jesus. Allen then became a minister. And he has never looked back.
Allen and his wife, Anita, met in college at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Along the way, Anita helped Allen earn a Ph.D. in New Testament from Yale University. Together, they enjoy a life devoted to loving God and helping people discover God's purposes. They now have two daughters, SarahAnn and Griffin.
Homosexuality does not lead to bestiality. However, the institutionalizing of gay marriage does lead to definitional confusion. CNN evidently does not know the difference between these two basic points.
How did we land at a place in American public life where one's faith is either something to be avoided altogether or something to be wielded like a sword and shield?
You may well have forgotten Harlan Drake since the national media uttered barely a peep about his transgressions. He's the man who shot a defenseless anti-abortion protester.
The ACLU's inconsistencies can furiously frustrate. How can they be so right...and yet, so wrong?
President Obama showed up at the National Prayer Breakfast. In fact, not only did the president show up, he got it right. Well, almost. In a week where the news cycle focused on economics, it is important not to miss Obama's seven wins and his one loss at the gathering of political leaders for a faith assembly.
Scott Roeder, meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps the two of you have never met.
Americans don’t get the point. President Obama occasionally gives indications that he may get the point, but often then moves in the opposite direction.
President Obama's speech in accepting the Nobel Peace Prize showed great growth in his development as a leader.
As unpopular as it may be, I stand and applaud Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas. Given the heat he is taking right now, he could stand a little praise, not so much for political purposes but for moral ones.
I never thought I would find myself wistfully remembering President Clinton and wishing he were still around to inject some heart into the Oval Office
Gestation has ended. The bill has arrived. On Thursday, Speaker Pelosi proudly announced the arrival of her 1990 page, $894 billion health care bill in the House of Representatives. Labor and delivery occurred in smoke-filled back rooms, unviewed by the layman's eye, and it is not known if an epidural was required.
C.B. Bucknor will not be working the World Series. Scheduled to work his first World Series as a major league umpire, Bucknor blew two calls in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
Congratulations, Mr. President, you won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now it is time for you to earn it since your nomination was submitted just after you had actually taken office.
I admire Michael Moore. When God distributed gifts, He endowed Moore with a rare gift for story-telling. Any communicator would do well to learn from Moore's prodigious gift for spinning a yarn or sharing a tale. If only God had also endowed Moore with a brain. Moore has become America's scarecrow.
I will now do something I have never done before: defend Muslim-Americans as they gather on Capitol Hill to pray as a public demonstration.
When the government injects itself, and public money, into matters of faith, only bad things can happen. When money comes with strings (or in the government's case, ropes) attached, the best wisdom is to turn it down.
Eight years after the tragic events of 9/11, most Americans still know nothing about Islam.
an overbearing Granny Government can create the new risk of so gutting the role of parent, and so weakening the life of a child, that a new generation will fail to launch.
Just when you thought John Edwards would slink off into ignominy, he stands up, throws off his jellyfish ways, and becomes a man. Ironically, John Edwards could teach Rick Pitino a thing or two about manhood.
An honest conversation, filled with reality and facts, instead of mindless political correctness and sensitivities, would be a really good place to start.