What do you think of the following response by Patterson? Personally I think pastors need to be using the language skills they learned in seminary and be reading and studying their Bible not a commentary on the Bible or systematic theology but rather learn what the Bible teaches. It certainly disagree with what I was taught in seminary and what the languages professors taught. Source: http://founders.org/journal/fj42/article2.html Dever: So, Paige, would you encourage pastors to spend more or less time reading systematic theology? Patterson: I would encourage them to spend more time reading systematic theology. The commentaries are important but a man has to understand the whole of what God has said and to get a biblical worldview and perspective. The Bible says that God said our ways are not His ways and our thoughts are not His thoughts. Well, just exactly how are we going to come by His thoughts and His ways? We have to see the broader picture. I think the pastor ought to be reading not only systematic theology and not only his commentaries, but he ought to be reading a good diet of good biography, not only for the influence of the spiritual lives of people that he reads about, but also for cogent illustrations for a segment of his preaching.