In the weeks preceding this year’s John 3.16 Conference (see ad to right), SBCToday will post interviews with each person scheduled to speak at the Conference. The following interview is with Dr. David L. Allen, who is Professor of Preaching, George W. Truett Chair of Ministry, Director of the Southwestern Center for Expository Preaching, and Dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Allen is co-author of Whosoever Will: a Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism.
1. How has the invitation to speak at the conference impacted you?
I was delighted to be invited to speak by Dr. Vines since I am currently immersed in a writing project on an aspect of Calvinism. Any opportunity afforded me that aids my understanding of these important issues and that drives me to further study of the Word can only be beneficial. Continue reading
Abraham Maslow has been credited with the observation that “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” When looking for a solution, we project our own interests and expertise onto the problem itself. In the TV show House, for example, it was a common occurence in the diagnostic team for the neurologist to suggest a brain issue, the immunologist to suggest disease and the surgeon to suggest an operation.
Southern Baptists are all about theology. Gather a group of ministers together to discuss a problem and they will more than likely seek a theological answer. After all, God is the source of all knowledge. In seeking to know Him better we can find all the direction and guidance we need to move forward. Certainly, theological debate and discourse can be a healthy and profitable pursuit. May this quest for knowledge continue forever. Continue reading