Howard Hendricks is a legendary name in evangelical circles. A famous prof from Dallas Theological Seminary, he trained countless pastors, spoke at conferences, and wrote books for sixty-plus years.
He once told a group of students that the folks who led him to Christ never mentioned the Bible. When he asked what he was supposed to do with it they said it didn’t matter. “Pick it up and read anything you want — it’s all holy.”
A year later someone showed him how to read and study it — and that’s what changed his life.
We invest considerable time in listening, loving, and being culturally relevant. All good. But let’s also teach our students how to feed themselves and grow in their own faith.
As for Howard Hendricks, after teaching “how to study the Bible” for decades, he turned his course into a book — Living by the Book. A worthwhile investment.