As a pastor I must find myself reading all the time. If a week goes by without me reading a chapter or two from a book other than the bible, something seems wrong in my life. Over the years I have been influenced a great deal by the writings of Chuck Swindoll, John Calvin, CH Spurgeon, Ravi Zacharias, Max Lucado, Charles Stanley, John MacArthur, RC Sproul, J.I. Packer, and John Piper. This list only applies to pastoral and ministerial thoughts.