David L. Allen

Dr. David Allen is the Dean of the School of Preaching, Distinguished Professor of Preaching, and Director of the Southwestern Center for Expository Preaching
at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Narrative and Memorization: What Role Does Memorization Play in Storytelling

Everyone loves a good story, and Scripture is filled with them! Noah and the flood, Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, Ruth, and Jonah come to mind. Much of the Bible is written in narrative genre. All narratives have certain things in common: setting, character... Read More »

A Word to Young Preachers about Pride

NOTE: This post is slightly revised from David L. Allen, 1-3 John: Fellowship in God’s Family, in Preaching the Word, R. Kent Hughes, ed. (Wheaton: IL, 2013), 275-77. If you are in a leadership position in someone’s church, and especially if you are a past... Read More »

Four Types of Meanings in Texts

The text-driven preacher must recognize that there are four basic types of meaning conveyed in every text and context: referential, situational, structural and semantic. Referential meaning is that which is being talked about; the subject matter of a text. Sit... Read More »

Why Inerrancy Matters in Preaching

Eighteen 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 Autho... Read More »

Plenary Session: David Allen

Dr. David Allen’s plenary session at the 2018 Text-Driven Preaching Conference. Read More »

Seek and Save the Lost

SWBTS Chapel sermon called Seek and Save the Lost by Dr. David Allen Read More »

Preaching Interview: David Allen

Dr. David Allen sits down with Dr. Barry McCarty for an interview to discuss British Baptist preaching. For more information on British Baptist Preaching, listen to a similar podcast episode with Christian George on whether or not Charles Spurgeon was an expos... Read More »

Preaching Philemon

Dr. David Allen’s Preaching Philemon lecture at the 2017 Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop – Preaching the Book of Philemon. Read More »

Jude Sermon Starter

Dr. David Allen, Dean of the School of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary continues the Sermon Starter series with the book of Jude. Read More »


AUTHORSHIP – Jude, the brother of James and half-brother of Jesus. RECIPIENTS – 3 views Jewish Christians Gentile Christians Jewish & Gentile Christians OCCASION – given in v.3 – “earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints.” F... Read More »