**This article was previously posted by Dr. David L. Allen on his website www.drdavidlallen.com and is used by permission.
Dr. Allen is: Dean of the School of Theology, Professor of Preaching, Director of the Center for Expository Preaching, and George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Who We Are
We are a ministry fellowship celebrating the Hobbs-Rogers tradition in Southern Baptist life. That’s a fancy way of saying that we believe in the kind of salvation doctrine one might hear at a Billy Graham Crusade. God loves you. He has a wonderful plan for your life. He sincerely wants you to be saved. Jesus died for your sins and the sins of the whole wide world. If you are willing, then you are certainly able to respond to the Holy Spirit’s drawing through the gospel. Jesus has already said, “yes” to you. You can say “yes” or “no” to Him.
Long before SBC began to mean Slowly Becoming Calvinists, the greatest leaders of our convention espoused Traditional theology. Some of these leaders actually signed the Traditional Statement of 2012 while others who may not have signed it clearly embrace its doctrines. Several more could have embraced the statement if it had existed when they were alive. These are conservatives whose ministries have balanced God’s sovereignty with a robust view of man’s libertarian free will.