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.

Hebrews 8:1-13

Locate the passage. Hebrews 8:1–2 serves as a significant transition in the overall discourse of Hebrews. There is an immediate connection with the previous paragraph in 7:26–28 and also a thematic connection with what will follow through 10:18 Christ’s ... Read More »

Hebrews 7:1-28

Locate the Passage The longest doctrinal section of the epistle begins with Hebrews 7 and concludes at 10:18. In 7:1–28, the author carefully explains the relationship between Jesus and Melchizedek, which was introduced in 5:10 just before the lengthy warnin... Read More »

Wanna Play Catch?

SWBTS Chapel sermon called Wanna Play Catch? by Southwestern Dean of the Preaching School Dr. David Allen. Read More »

Hebrews 6:13-20

Locate the passage. Hebrews 6:20 concludes the major discourse section begun at 5:11 and resumes the topic of Christ’s high priesthood compared to Melchizedek of 5:10. This section is marked by “a formalized closure” with the exact repetition of the phra... Read More »

Hebrews 6:9-12

Locate the passage. With this encouragement found in Heb 6:9–12, the author concludes the unit he began at 5:11. This section comprises four paragraphs, alternating negative and positive, which creates a sense of balance in this warning passage. Hebrews 5:11... Read More »

Hebrews 6:1-8

Locate the passage. Hebrews 6:1-8 is the third of five so called “warning passages.” Contextually, Heb 6:1–8 connects closely with Heb 5:11–14. Heb 6:1–8 should be taken together as a semantic unit. Hebrews 6:9 marks a new paragraph with the use of t... Read More »

Overview of the Book of Ruth

Dr. David Allen’s Overview of the Book of Ruth lecture at the 2016 Advanced Expository Preaching Workshop – Preaching the Book of Ruth. Read More »

Preaching Interview: 12 Step Guide to Text-Driven Preaching

Dr. David Allen, Dean of the School of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, sits down with Dr. Barry McCarty for an interview to discuss his 12 Step Guide to Text-Driven Preaching. Read More »

Hebrews 5:11-14

Locate the passage. Semantically, the section beginning with Heb 5:11 shifts to hortatory discourse from the previous expository section (5:1–10), and actually extends to Heb 6:20. Hebrews 5:10 concludes with a reference to Melchizedek[1] and 6:20 ends with ... Read More »

Hebrews 5:1-10

Locate the passage. Themetically, 5:1 is the continuation of the author’s thought from 2:10–18. Hebrews 5:1 is connected to the immediately preceding section, which serves to introduce the grounds for the exhortation of 4:16. Genre Expository. The passage ... Read More »