Building on earlier work, 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
Kuruvilla is one of the best homiletical thinkers today; he reads widely and writes clearly. 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 of preaching, Talbot School of Theology
In A Vision for Preaching, 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.
executive editor, Preaching magazine; dean, College of Christian Studies and Clamp Divinity School, Anderson University
Many authors of books on homiletics propose proprietary definitions of preaching that demand too many specific sermon elements. Kuruvilla, however, 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 Preaching, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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,
professor of homiletics, ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University; president, Northwest Baptist Seminary
Abraham 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 and Ministry, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary