Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Vision for Preaching: A Book Review

About The Book:

Teacher of preachers Abraham Kuruvilla develops an integrated biblical and theological vision for preaching that addresses the essentials of this most 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. Concluding biblical reflections reinforce the teaching of each chapter.

ContentsIntroduction: "The Entrance of Thy Words . . ."
1. Preaching Is Biblical
2. Preaching Is Pastoral
3. Preaching Is Ecclesial
4. Preaching Is Communicational
5. Preaching Is Theological
6. Preaching Is Applicational
7. Preaching Is Conformational
8. Preaching Is Doxological
9. Preaching Is Spiritual
Conclusion: ". . . Giveth Light"

You can read an excerpt of this book, here,  in PDF format

About The Author:

Abraham Kuruvilla (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is research professor of pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and is a practicing dermatologist. He has authored several books, includingPrivilege 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

My Review:

First, let me make a disclaimer and state I am not a preacher by any means, and also not in full time ministry at any church. I requested this book mainly because it sounds very interesting. And it was. Honestly a lot of it was above my head, as it was very theological however, it was very very well organized and taught me what strong biblical preaching should be. It was a great read because it showed me that my home church has a wonderful staff that preach in a very biblical and doctrinally strong manner! This book would be a wonderful addition to any pastor's library, particuarly one who is just starting out in a ministry! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase A Vision for Preaching at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications Inc., and Baker Publishing Group,  for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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