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A Vision for Preaching: Understanding the Heart of Pastoral Ministry


Baker Academic 2015

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In A Vision for Preaching, Abraham Kuruvilla develops an integrated biblical and theological vision for preaching that addresses the essentials of this important activity in the church. Kuruvilla draws on influential voices from church history, teases out scriptural connections, and sifts through biblical theology to reclaim what has been lost through the centuries. Beyond a rearticulation of past wisdom, Kuruvilla offers fresh insights, showing preachers what they can aim for as an ideal in their preaching. He enables preachers to have a better conception of what it means to preach, a fuller understanding of the divinely granted privilege of preaching, and a greater excitement for the preaching ministry.

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Key Features

  • Examines biblical theology and influential church figures
  • Offers insight into preaching goals
  • Provides a deeper understanding of what it means to preach


  • Preaching Is Biblical
  • Preaching Is Pastoral
  • Preaching Is Ecclesial
  • Preaching Is Communicational
  • Preaching Is Theological
  • Preaching Is Applicational
  • Preaching Is Conformational
  • Preaching Is Doxological
  • Preaching Is Spiritual

Praise for the Print Edition

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.

Daniel Block, 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

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

Product Details

  • Title: A Vision for Preaching: Understanding the Heart of Pastoral Ministry
  • Author: Abraham Kuruvilla
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 240
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Preaching Resources

About Abraham Kuruvilla

Abraham Kuruvilla is professor of pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and is a practicing dermatologist. He has authored several books, including Privilege the Text! A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching and a number of preaching commentaries. A past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society, he blogs regularly at

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