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Paige Patterson: . . . the Way Forward?

Having known Paige Patterson for forty-three years as mentor and friend, and serving under his leadership at SWBTS since 2004, first as the Dean of the School of Theology and currently as the founding Dean of the School of Preaching, I am compelled to speak. As a student (1978-1981), later as a trustee (1992-2004 and   …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

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

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

“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

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


Say what you will about those Aggies, . . . they are a creative bunch! I dredged this up from my Valentine’s Day file. Try this one out on your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day! A ROMANTIC AGGIE VALENTINE’S DAY POEM T. GOMER JONES, Ph.D. Regents Distinguished Professor of Poetry and Poultry Science Texas A &   …Continue Reading


What is the difference between a sermon that is “text-centered” and one that is “text-driven”? Here is a chart I used at the Jacksonville Pastor’s Conference: Text-Centered                                                 Text-Driven Sermon from the text                                    Sermon about the text and derived from it Sermon based on a text                                Sermon explains meaning of the text Focus on textual theme                                Focus on textual   …Continue Reading