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EARNING MY PHD: REFLECTIONS AFTER 30 YEARS

Thirty years ago this month I received my Ph.D. diploma in Humanities with a major in Linguistics and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Arlington. The Humanities department at UTA was typically left-leaning. Though there was the occasional fossil conservative—more of a curious oddity than anything else—most faculty were on the   …Continue Reading


My Recent ETS Paper – “Calvin and the Extent of the Atonement: 21st Century Research”

Last week at the Evangelical Theological Society meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, I delivered a paper on 21st century research on Calvin’s view of the extent of the atonement. The paper is an edited summary of two sections in my book The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2016). The paper is 20   …Continue Reading


RESPONSE TO JEFFREY JOHNSON’S BOOK REVIEW OF MY BOOK “THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT”

Response to Jeffrey Johnson’s Review of David Allen, The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2016) David L. Allen Dean, School of Preaching Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary   Let me first express my appreciation to Jeffrey Johnson for his review of my book The Extent of the Atonement (hereafter   …Continue Reading


AUGUSTINE AND PROSPER: DID THEY EVER HOLD TO LIMITED ATONEMENT?

This article is actually intended as a response in a comment thread on “The Baptist Review” on Facebook, Thursday, June 29, 11:04 am. Due to the length of the response, it is not feasible to incorporate it in a comment on Facebook, so I am posting it here and linking to this page in a new post   …Continue Reading


JOHN CHAVIS – 1ST ORDAINED AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESBYTERIAN PREACHER

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


WALKING WITH GOD IN 2017

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