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 4:14-16

Locate the passage Hebrews 4:14–10:18 forms the second of three major discourse units in the epistle. The phrase echontes oun, “having therefore,” in 4:14 and 10:19 signal discourse section onset. Hebrews 4:14–16 begins a new major section in the epist... Read More »

Hebrews 4:12-13

Locate the passage. Hebrews 4:12–13 serves as the conclusion for 4:1-11 as well as for the entire first section of the letter: 1:5-4:13. Verse 12 begins a new paragraph according to the UBS Greek text. The use of gar, “for,” serves to indicate the ground... Read More »

Hebrews 4:1-11

Locate the passage There is a clear shift to the topic of “rest” which marks 4:1 as the beginning of a new section. Considerable disagreement among commentators exists as to where this section terminates. Suggestions include v. 16, v. 14, v. 13, and v. 11.... Read More »

An Overview of Text-Driven Preaching

What are the key ingredients of effective preaching? I have reflected on this question for many years and have come up with seven. Here is an outline of essential elements for good text-driven preaching from my perspective. INTERPRETATION. What is the meaning ... Read More »

Hebrews 3:7-19

Locate the Passage Hebrews 3:7-19 constitutes the second warning passage in the letter. What is the relationship of 3:7–19 to 3:1–6? The author introduced the quotation in v. 7 with dio (“so”), an emphatic marker of result. This connector probably play... Read More »

Hebrews 3:1-6

Locate the Passage Hebrews 3:1-6 is situated in the first major division of the letter (1:5-4:13). Genre Hortatory. Note the imperative in 3:1 and an imperatival idea semantically encoded in the conditional clause of v. 6. Determine the Structure of the Passag... Read More »

Preaching Interview: What is 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 answer the question, What is Text-Driven Preaching? Read More »

Hebrews 2:5-18

Locate the Passage 2:5-18 follows the first warning passage (2:1-4) and is the fourth major paragraph in the first section of the letter. Genre Expository. There are no imperatives or imperatival forms in the text. Determine the Structure of the Passage Hebrew... Read More »

The Process of Preparation in Text-Driven Preaching

There is no such thing as a preacher who has learned fully how to preach. I have taught preaching on and off for 20 years, and I learn something new about preaching all the time. The first step in learning how to preach is recognizing that you have not arrived... Read More »

Hebrews 2:1-4

Locate the Passage Hebrews 2:1–18 is part of a larger section that begins with 1:5 and comprises two subsections: 1:5–14 and 2:1–18. This second subsection begins with a paragraph unit in 2:1–4 that links the two sections together. 2:1-4 is the third p... Read More »