John Chavis (AD 1763–1838) Chavis studied at Princeton for three years then completed his studies at Washington College in 1802. He was the first ordained African American Presbyterian preacher and he held to unlimited atonement.[1] Chavis fell victim to the 1832 law in North Carolina prohibiting blacks from teaching or preaching, effectively depriving him of   …Continue Reading


In the antediluvian chapter of humanity’s early twilight, there is no more monotonous record of names and numbers than the fifth chapter of Genesis. It is like a walk in a forest of long-lived, leafless oaks—one biographical epitaph after another—they lived and they died. Humanity had become a decaying wilderness of wickedness: “The whole earth was   …Continue Reading

Interview with Exegetical Tools on “The Extent of the Atonement”

I recently did an interview with Todd Scacewater from Exegetical Tools about my new book The Extent of the Atonement. We discuss things such as: the methodology I used in writing the book, the importance of the extent of the atonement in relation to pastoral theology and evangelism, what my impression is of the split   …Continue Reading

The Rabbit and the Garden

“The Rabbit and the Garden” (from Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening, p. 280) In the movie, Phenomenon, John Travolta’s character has done everything he can think of to keep this pesky rabbit out of his garden. He’s even put in fencing that goes three feet underground, and still everything he plants is nibbled through.   …Continue Reading

New Book “The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review”

The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2016. The extent of Christ’s atoning work on the cross is one of the most divisive issues in evangelical Christianity. In The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review, David L. Allen makes a biblical, historical, theological, and practical case for   …Continue Reading

New Book: “Anyone Can be Saved!”

Anyone Can be Saved: A Defense of “Traditional” Southern Baptist Soteriology (Wipf & Stock, 2016) Anyone Can Be Saved articulates a biblical-theological explanation of the doctrine of salvation in light of the rise of Calvinistic theology among Southern Baptist churches in the United States. Ten scholars, pastors, and leaders advocate for the ten articles of   …Continue Reading


Today the School of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary launched a new preaching website – Text-Driven Preaching is preaching that develops the SUBSTANCE, STRUCTURE, & SPIRIT of the text. Check out the short interview where I explain what Text-Driven preaching is all about. This is a multi-faceted resource for preachers, teachers, and   …Continue Reading

Old Preachers in the SBC

Most of you have never had the opportunity to sit in on a PhD oral exam/dissertation defense. The experience is loads of fun…for everyone except the student. Faculty members grill the student for two hours over his work. Recently I sat in on a PhD Preaching oral exam for a student at SWBTS. The entire preaching   …Continue Reading

A Word to Seminary Students about Theology and Preaching

Amassing intellectual capital is an important part of Seminary training. In ministry, you’re going to need all you can lay your hands on! However, those of us who have been around the block a few times know that you cannot survive in ministry off that capital alone. Since you are constantly making withdrawals, you have   …Continue Reading

“Needed: A Return to Old-Time Preaching” — Vance Havner (Part 3)

The preacher of today must be apocalyptic: He ought to sound like the book of Revelation, for we are living in a grand and awful time. I heard a radio preacher some time ago take as his text, “When these things begin to come to pass, lift up your heads for your redemption draws nigh.”   …Continue Reading