Tim Patrick and Andrew Reid, The Whole Counsel of God: Why and How to Preach the Entire Bible (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 242 pp.
It is always beneficial for a preacher at every stage of ministry to explore the finer points of his preaching craft. Preachers always have new things to learn and growth should be occurring throughout the ministry of a given pastor.
The Whole Counsel of God by Tim Patrick and Andrew Reid is a book that every pastor should have in his library. But it is unique in its purpose and scope. The authors do not intend to discuss homiletical methods. Rather, their aim is to establish long-term convictions in preachers that primarily involve preaching the whole corpus of Scripture.
Patrick and Reid challenge pastors to make it a goal to preach through each book of the Bible in thirty-five years. They admit that this number is arbitrary but at least it helps secure a workable goal in the heart and mind of the one who is called to proclaim the truth of Scripture.
The Whole Counsel of God makes a biblical case for preaching the whole Bible and includes suggestions for how to carry the challenge out. It is filled with practical suggestions that pastors should consider as they set out to achieve this lofty goal.
I urge pastors to carefully weigh the arguments that Patrick and Reid present and find deep encouragement in a book that is aimed at the heart of the shepherd. Pastors who consider these challenges will be served well and their congregations will reap a lasting benefit.
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