A Vision for Preaching by Abraham Kuruvilla
About the Book
What exactly constitutes preaching, and what is it intended to accomplish? In these days when preachers have to compete with the latest in technology and the ultimate in media, when they have to battle the trends of culture and the apathy of a new generation, a fresh look at preaching, the heart of the pastor’s calling, is essential. And that is what I intend to do—propose a vision for preaching: what preachers (and churches) can aim for as a goal to move towards. In other words, his vision for preaching is a recommended trajectory, a momentum to develop, a road to travel. By mining church history, teasing out connections, sifting through biblical theology, tackling some existing misunderstandings, and exploring some significantly new terrain, I attempt to portray a full-orbed vision for preaching.
I offer A Vision for Preaching: Understanding the Heart of Pastoral Ministry (Baker, 2015) as a big-picture depiction of the preaching task, to show how it fits in with the rest of pastoral ministry, how it is consistent with biblical and systematic theology, how it incorporates aspects of communication theory, rhetoric, and language philosophy, and how it plays a key role in the spiritual formation of God’s people, through Scripture and by the agency of the Holy Spirit, all for the furtherance of Christ’s kingdom, and the exaltation of God’s name.
And it has been named Editor’s Choice for 2016 Book of the Year (of books published in 2015) by Preaching Today.
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Kuruvilla offers a systematic and readable vision for the preparation of sermons and especially the preparation of preachers as they wrestle with the biblical text. Rightly arguing that the key to authoritative preaching is grasping the originally intended theological meanings of biblical texts, the author challenges us to take the Scriptures seriously and to read the Bible forward rather than backward.”
Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament
Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
Kuruvilla is one of the best homiletical thinkers today. In this book he argues that preachers must discern a biblical author’s theological intent in order to make valid and specific applications that will help conform listeners to Christ and bring glory to God. Kuruvilla has given us a vision for preaching that is insightful, comprehensive, and compelling.”
Donald R. Sunukjian
Professor and Chair of Christian Ministry and Leadership, Homiletics
Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, California
Homiletics scholar Abraham Kuruvilla offers a compelling vision of what preaching is and can be, unpacking that vision through a series of chapters that explore what it means to be a biblical preacher. As he analyzes preaching through various lenses, he offers those who proclaim God’s Word a useful and encouraging vision through which to interpret their own calling and task.”
Dean, College of Christian Studies, and Professor of Christian Ministry
Anderson University, Anderson, South Carolina
Kuruvilla sees the big picture. His vision is broad enough to embrace a spectrum of preaching objectives while remaining focused on the inspired words of Scripture. No book presents a better balance of heart and head, Spirit and truth, and orthodoxy and orthopraxy than A Vision for Preaching.”
Hershael W. York
Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
It is common for pastors to articulate vision statements for their churches, but it might also be helpful for pastors to describe a vision for their preaching. Kuruvilla, a leading homiletician, has thought through how he sees the task. A Vision for Preaching is well researched, thoughtful, and sometimes controversial, but fully worth consideration.”
Kenton C. Anderson
President, and Professor of Homiletics
Northwest Baptist Seminary, Langley, British Columbia
Kuruvilla provides a compelling vision that challenges preachers to lift their sights higher in the preaching task—a challenge worth considering!”
Scott M. Gibson
Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts
A thoughtful and inspirational masterwork in evangelical homiletics.”
Center for Theology and Public Issues
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, U.K.