Category: Theology


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


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


AN EXCERPT FROM MY FORTHCOMING BOOK ON “THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT”

NOTE:  My book entitled The Extent of the Atonement: History and Critique (B&H Academic) will be published digitally June 1 and in print version by November 1. It will weigh in at appx. 850 pages and address the subject historically, biblically, theologically, and practically. The book is a significant expansion of my chapter “The Atonement:   …Continue Reading


WHY INERRANCY MATTERS IN PREACHING!

Fifteen years ago, I wrote about the negative impact a low view of biblical authority, rejection of propositional communication, and the focus on creating an experience, had on preaching. (David L. Allen, “A Tale of Two Roads: Homiletics and Biblical Authority,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43.3 [2000]: 489-515.) For example, David Butrick, in A   …Continue Reading


ANDREW FULLER, UNIVERSAL ATONEMENT, AND THE FREE OFFER OF THE GOSPEL

NOTE: This is a portion of my Evangelical Theological Society paper “Andrew Fuller: Particular Redemptionist who Held to Unlimited Atonement.” Fuller was a very important English Baptist (d. 1815) who had enormous impact on Baptists in America. Fuller’s debates with General Baptist Dan Taylor also concerned the grounds necessary for the free offer of the   …Continue Reading


LECTURE AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY ON THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT

In October of 2013 I delivered a lecture on the extent of the atonement at Liberty University. I addressed two key biblical passages: Isaiah 53 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. The lecture seeks to demonstrate that the Bible affirms Christ died for the sins of all people. I explain why these texts cannot be interpreted to   …Continue Reading


“DOES REGENERATION PRECEDE FAITH?”

My article, “Does Regeneration Precede Faith?” has just been released in New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry. The journal is online and the article can be accessed here: Does Regeneration Precede Faith? Here are a few excerpts: Why do most Calvinists believe regeneration precedes faith? There are two reasons. First,   …Continue Reading


“WHOSOEVER WILL” – 5 YEARS LATER

Five years ago this week, Whosoever Will: a Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism, which I co-edited along with Dr. Steve Lemke, was published by B&H Academic. http://www.amazon.com/Whosoever-Will-Biblical-Theological-Five-Point-Calvinism/dp/0805464166. The book is a collection of papers delivered at the 2008 John 3:16 Conference held at First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA. Each paper dealt with one of the letters of   …Continue Reading


The Expositor in the Pulpit – Part 1

When I was a teenage preacher, in virtually every pastor’s study I entered I saw on the shelf the four-volume set Word Studies in the New Testament by Marvin R. Vincent. The work was originally published in 1887 and it remains in print. It is Vincent’s best known work. Vincent (1834-1922) was a Greek scholar,   …Continue Reading