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He Still Teaches Me

March 19th 2013 No comments yet  

Dr. Howard HendricksWhat words can I use to help you understand the impact made on my life by Dr. Howard Hendricks, or “Prof,” as he was affectionately called?

I could tell you early in our marriage, Nidelvia and I first met Prof and his dear wife Jeanne at a marriage conference they were leading, and in the brief moments between sessions they personally took time to encourage and minister to us as a couple, away from the crowds and spotlight. We never forgot that, saying “If that’s the kind of men and women that minister at Dallas Theological Seminary, then that’s where we need to prepare for ministry ourselves.”

I could tell you the first class I had at DTS, “Bible Study Methods,” created and taught by Prof, was the most practical course I ever took, and I still practice its concepts in ministry to this very day. Not a single week goes by that he isn’t continuing to teach me.

I could tell you of the time many years after that first class with Prof, when Prof and Jeanne took the Stonebriar membership class, which I teach: me teaching him?! I shook my head. No, in reality he was still teaching me, this time about encouragement, teachability, and humility.

I could tell you that his excellence in teaching for the Savior was only eclipsed by his love for the Savior.

I could tell you a lot of things.

What I guess I’m really trying to say is that Prof wasn’t just a teacher. He was one of God’s choicest servants. And because he remained faithful to that calling, though he is gone, Prof still teaches me every day.

Les Fleetwood
Pastor of Connecting and Equipping Ministries
Stonebriar Community Church


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