Posted On October 25, 2018

Recommended Books on Biography, Pastoral Counseling, Pastoral Ministry, and Preaching

by | Oct 25, 2018 | Expository Preaching: Scripture and the Church

This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been discussing the primary place of expository preaching for the life and health of the local church. From attacks on the Word of God, to essential biblical doctrines, there are a lot of issues that relate to and affect how one preaches the Word of God.

With this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, we have attempted to cover a wide variety of topics within this issue. We understand we haven’t covered everything, but hopefully, readers will grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Bible and expository preaching from the Word of God. If you’ve found this subject intriguing and would like to study the issue further, please check out the recommended reading list below. These books are at the top of their genre in both excellence and readability.


  • Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text by Sidney Greidanus
  • Preaching Christ from the Old Testament by Sidney Greidanus
  • Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture by Graeme Goldsworthy
  • Rediscovering Expository Preaching Edited by John MacArthur
  • Preaching and Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones,, Deluxe, 40th Anniversary Edition (Zondervan, 2011).
  • Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today by John Stott
  • Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell.
  • How to Preach Biblically by John MacArthur and the Master’s Seminary Faculty
  • Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea edited by Don Kistler
  • The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper
  • Preach: Theology Meets Practice by Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert
  • Dying to Preach: Embracing the Cross in the Pulpit by Steven W. Smith
  • Preaching to a Post-Everything World by Zach Eswine
  • How to Evaluate A Sermon by Joel Beeke
  • Preaching: A Biblical Theology by Jason C. Meyer
  • Biblical Preaching by Haddon Robinson
  • He is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World by Albert Mohler
  • Reformed Preaching: Proclaiming God’s Word from the Heart of the Preacher to the Heart of His People by Joel Beeke

Pastoral Ministry

  • The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson
  • Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome by R. Kent Hughes
  • Brothers We Are Not Professionals by Dr. John Piper
  • On Being A Pastor by Derek J. Prime and Alister Begg
  • Preparation for Ministry by Allan Harman
  • The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter
  • Discerning Your Calling by Jason K. Allen
  • The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry by John Piper and D.A. Carson
  • Encouragement for Today’s Pastor: Help from the Puritans by Joel Beeke and Terry Slachter
  • Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry edited by Tom Ascol
  • Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon
  • Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture by Graeme Goldsworthy
  • The Christian Ministry by Charles Bridges
  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever
  • Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch
  • The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshal and Tony Payne
  • Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
  • Pastoral Ministry by John MacArthur
  • The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters by Albert Mohler
  • The Pastor’s Ministry: Biblical Priorities for Faithful Shepherds by Brian Croft
  • The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry by Kent Hughes.
  • Zeal Without Burnout by Christopher Ash
  • Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry by Paul David Tripp

Pastoral Counseling

  • CrossTalk by Michael Emlet
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp
  • Seeing Through New Eyes by David Powlison
  • Pastoral Counseling by John MacArthur
  • Scripture and Counseling: God’s Word for Life in a Broken World (Biblical Counseling Coalition Books)
  • Biblical Counseling and the Church: God’s Care Through God’s People (Biblical Counseling Coalition)
  • Gospel-Centered Counseling: How Christ Changes Lives (Equipping Biblical Counselors) by Bob Kelleman
  • Gospel Conversations: How to Care Like Christ (equipping Biblical Counselors) by Bob Kelleman
  • Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life by Bob Kelleman
  • The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need by Deepak Reju and Jeremy Pierre


  • The Long Line of Godly Men Series edited by Dr. Steve Lawson
  • The Swan is Not Silent Series by Dr. John Piper
  • Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography by Iain H. Murray
  • Jonathan Edwards by George Marsden
  • The Forgotten Spurgeon by Ian H. Murray
  • George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore
  • George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father by Thomas Kidd

I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I have. I know you will find them helpful in your further study of these subjects.

In Christ Alone,

Dave Jenkins

Executive Editor, Theology for Life Magazine

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