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A Vision for Preaching: Understanding the Heart of Pastoral Ministry by [Abraham Kuruvilla]

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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."
Daniel Block, Wheaton College; author of For the Glory of God

"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, Talbot School of Theology

"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."
Michael Duduit, executive editor, Preaching magazine; College of Christian Studies and Clamp Divinity School, Anderson University

"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, 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, ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University and Northwest Baptist Seminary

"Kuruvilla provides a compelling vision that challenges preachers to lift their sights higher in the preaching task--a challenge worth considering!"
Scott M. Gibson, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Abraham Kuruvilla (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is senior research professor of preaching and pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He authored A Vision for Preaching (a Preaching Today Book Award winner) and Privilege the Text!: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching. A past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society, he blogs regularly at, writes preaching commentaries, and is a practicing dermatologist. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00XNJGKY0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Baker Academic (September 15, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 15, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3000 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 226 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 080109674X
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Kuwait, India, USA

I am ethnically Indian (from the country Columbus missed, way east of the GMT), but I was born in Kuwait where my father was working. Lived there for about a decade and then we moved to India when he retired. Another decade or so later, I landed on the shores of the US as an international student and have remained here ever since.

Immunology, Pediatrics, Dermatology

My initial training was in medicine and that trail took me to Houston for a PhD in immunology and an internship in pediatrics, transplanted me to Boston for my residency in dermatology, and drew me back to Texas—I finally came to my senses!—to satisfy my morbid fascination with the care and cure of diseases of the skin, hair, and nails in private practice, in Dallas, as a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Medicine, Pastoring, Theology

There in Houston, I was “serendipitously” involved in a church plant even before I had any formal pastoral training. I preached frequently, and thoroughly loved every moment. It was thrilling to see God working in the lives of his people, and humbling to be used by God for his purpose. The communication of God’s truth, I realized, was something I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life. Those halcyon days settled my lifelong ministry goals to explore preaching (furthering the field), to explain preaching (training the teachers), and exemplifying preaching (strengthening the saints). Finally, at the end of the winding journey that medicine took me, I ended up at DTS for my master’s degree (ThM) in the Pastoral Leadership Track. I began teaching preaching classes as an adjunct professor in Pastoral Ministries during my final semester as a student and continued teaching there after graduation.

Researching, Teaching, Preaching

Interactions with sharp students and astute colleagues stoked the fires for more education in homiletics, so one fine day I sold house, stored car, abandoned practice, and set off for bonnie Scotland, to work on another PhD, this time researching the hermeneutics of preaching at the University of Aberdeen. I returned to Dallas Seminary in 2007 where I’ve been since, teaching preaching and spiritual life courses. “Pulpiteering” at every opportunity, I have served as interim preacher in a variety of churches, and, for a few weeks every year, I fill in for the pastor at my home church, as well as speak at Bible conferences all over. “Have pulpit? Will preach!”

Cricket, Celibacy, Christ

And when I’m not exploring, explaining, and exemplifying preaching, I’m listening to Bach (anything and everything by this unparalleled genius), following the (mis)fortunes of the Indian cricket team and its shining star Sachin Tendulkar, and, from time to time, putting my motorcycle license to good use. And I love bowties (yes, gentlemen always tie their own ties!). And old dermatology and preaching textbooks. And Harry Potter. And a capella music, especially as performed by Chanticleer or the Hilliard Ensemble. And 1960s jazz and most things by Keith Jarrett.

Researching, Teaching, Preaching

Somewhere along this journey I also came to the realization that celibacy was God’s gift to me. I call it “ecclesiological singleness”—single by choice, for life, unto Christ, in community. That is an integral part of who I am, and it has significantly shaped my life and solidified my faith. And so I’m also keenly interested in the theology of Christ-centered singleness, a sole passion for the Lord who gave his life a ransom for me.

“Young lions may suffer lack and feel hunger.

But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.”

Psalm 34:10

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