Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Howard Hendricks: "Biblically speaking, to hear and not to do is not to hear at all."

Howard G. "Prof" Hendricks
I am very thankful for "Prof" Hendricks and the wisdom I gleaned during the classes I had the privilege to take from him at Dallas Seminary. By God's grace, Prof established a tremendous legacy throughout 60 years of ministry. Howard G. Hendricks is an outstanding example of a life well-lived, completely dedicated and poured out in service to God, the Church, and his students and colleagues.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Christian Education and Leadership, Howard "Prof" Hendricks, passed away Wednesday morning, February 20, 2013. From DTS Magazine's "The Life of Howard G. 'Prof' Hendricks":

Dr. Howard G. Hendricks, known simply as “Prof,” directly or indirectly touched millions of lives in the evangelical community and beyond. For more than sixty years Prof served on the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), where he taught more than ten thousand students. He also ministered in person in more than eighty countries. Through speaking engagements, radio, tapes, films, the sixteen books he authored and coauthored, countless journal and popular-market articles, his service on numerous boards, and his work as a chaplain to the Dallas Cowboys (1976–1984), his reach was and is worldwide. His legacy, in partnership with Jeanne, his wife of more than sixty-six years, includes four children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Howard Hendricks was raised in a broken home. He recalled, “My parents separated when I came along. I split the family.” His father’s mother reared him, and he described himself as a “troublemaker” during his elementary school years, “probably just ‘acting out’ a lot of insecurities.” “Most likely to end up in prison” was the assessment of his fifth-grade teacher in Philadelphia. Once she even tied him to his seat with a rope and taped his mouth shut. Yet everything changed for that boy when he met his sixth-grade teacher. He introduced himself to Miss Noe, and she told him, “I’ve heard a lot about you. But I don’t believe a word of it.” Those words would change his life. She made him realize for the first time that someone cared. “People are always looking for someone to say, ‘Hey, I believe in you,’” he said. And in his more than sixty years as a professor, he believed in his students.
Read the rest of the inspiring tribute here.

I can personally attest to the fact that he did believe in his students. His passion, dedication, and desire for his students to truly apply themselves was evident at all times. Prof always made himself available to meet with students outside of class and I'm grateful I took advantage of that opportunity. I'm sure these informal meetings cost him a lot of time and energy but I know it was worth it to him because of his deep commitment to investing in people. I remember him telling us about how he used to take his sack lunch from home and go sit out with the construction crews who were working on building projects on campus. Prof always emphasized creativity and he displayed creativity whether in the classroom with students or reaching out to construction workers on the job site.

Chuck Swindoll reflects, "There is no doubt in my mind that since the late 1950s to the present day, no other teacher at DTS has been more influential to more of our graduates, or more magnetic to more potential students than Dr. Hendricks."

See also:

Prof's Tribute page
Christianity Today: Died: Howard Hendricks, Longtime Dallas Seminary 'Prof' and Mentor

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