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.

1 John 1:1-4

Verses 1–4 of chapter one constitutes the prologue to the letter. Its unusual structure can be confusing. Notice after verse 1 there is a dash in the ESV translation, followed by another dash at the end of verse 2. Verse 2 is a parenthetical statement. Verse... Read More »

1 John: Introduction

Introduction to 1 John: When preaching through the letters of the NT, it is best to preach the paragraph units as demarcated in the Greek New Testament. By my reckoning, there are twenty paragraphs in 1 John. In determining the paragraph and divisional structu... Read More »

Spiritual Maturity

SWBTS Chapel sermon called Spiritual Maturity by Southwestern Dean of the Preaching School Dr. David Allen. Read More »

Plenary Session: David Allen

Dr. David Allen’s plenary session at the 2017 Text-Driven Preaching Conference. Read More »

Four Types of Meaning in the Text

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 »

Text-Driven Preaching and Pragmatic Textual Analysis

Pragmatic analysis of texts asks the questions “What is the author’s purpose of a text?” and “What does an author desire to accomplish with his text.” The text-driven preacher is always attempting to accomplish something with every sermon. All verbal... Read More »

Text-Driven Preaching and Linguistics: What the Preacher Must Know to be a Good Exegete

The painstaking work of exegesis is the foundation for text-driven preaching.[1]”No man will succeed in expository preaching unless he delights in exegetical study of the Bible, unless he loves to search out the exact meaning of its sentences, phrases, w... Read More »

5 Reasons You Should Consult Commentaries

I have always loved books. When I was called to preach at age 16, a retired minister gave me 400 volumes from his library. Since then, I have been something of a collector of theological books, including hundreds of commentaries. These have served as treasured... Read More »

7 Foundations of Effective Sermons

Here is an outline of essential elements for good preaching from my perspective. Much more could be said about each of these elements. This is only a summary. INTERPRETATION– What is the meaning of the text? Determining textual meaning is the essential fir... Read More »

The Primacy of the Text in Preaching

Several years ago, David Larsen, homiletician and author of an excellent history of preaching entitled The Company of the Preachers, spoke on “The Primacy of the Text.” It was a fabulous presentation. Here are some nuggets. On Puritan Preaching: It is not... Read More »