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

“Needed: A Return to Old-Time Preaching” – Vance Havner (Part 2)

NOTE: This is Part 2 of an article by Vance Havner which appeared in 1978 and is well worth the read! Watch for Part 3!   The preacher we need is authoritative:  My Lord taught as one “having authority and not as the scribes,” and a lot I hear today sounds like the scribes.  “There was   …Continue Reading

Needed: A Return to Old-Time Preaching — Vance Havner (PART 1)

NOTE: This is Part 1 of an article by Vance Havner which appeared in 1978 and is well worth the read! Watch for Parts 2 & 3! In these wild and weird and wicked times, the work of the preacher is being rethought and revamped and reexamined. He’s being pushed away from the center of   …Continue Reading

My new book on The Extent of the Atonement is available!

My book, The Extent of the Atonement, is available online as an ebook. It can be purchased through LifeWay and B&H Academic Publishing for $29.99 at this link: Here are the endorsements for the book: “David Allen’s The Extent of the Atonement is a tremendous accomplishment. He has given us a treasure trove of   …Continue Reading

American Idol – Part 2

IDOLATRY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. The people of Israel in the Old Testament constantly had their problems with idolatry. In Exodus, while Moses is on the mountain receiving God’s Ten Commandments, the people grow tired of waiting for Moses to return and they coerce Aaron into making an idol – a golden calf. Nothing could   …Continue Reading

American Idol – Part 1

The television commercial interrupts your favorite show. The announcer has a deal for you that you can’t refuse! His product can slice, dice, and chop better than anything out there on the market. And not only that, “if you will act now, you will receive a second product absolutely free! This brand item is not   …Continue Reading