Abraham Kuruvilla
Moody Press, 2013, 336 pp., $35.99

What has hermeneutics to do with homiletics? It bridges the gap between Scripture and life application, claims Kuruvilla. Privilege the Text: A Theological Hermeneutic for Preaching is a rich resource for preaching and provides a practical view of theological reflection, which is essential to preaching for transformation.

Grounded in a Christocentric interpretation of the text, Kuruvilla offers an expository view that focuses on faith formation by seeing the person of Christ throughout the entirety of Scripture. This thoughtful and unique approach to homiletics so honors the spiritual formation of the audience that it could have been titled Privilege the Congregation.

There is great wisdom to be gleaned from theological reflection as an approach to preaching for transformation. Every pastor who truly desires their congregation to begin merging their life-story with the whole story of God will do well to consider Kuruvilla’s theological hermeneutic for their sermon preparation.

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