Famed Mentor Howard Hendricks Dead at 88

Howard G. Hendricks, longtime professor and mentor to many at Dallas Theological Seminary, went on to heaven on Wednesday morning after a fight with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 88.

Hendricks had a 60-year legacy in the evangelical community and at DTS, authoring 18 books and preaching around the world. But Hendricks was probably best known for his influence on other prominent Christian leaders as a mentor, including Chuck Swindoll, Tony Evans, David Jeremiah and Jospeh Stowell. He also worked as a chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys for eight years and was a regular speaker at Promise Keeper events.

Hendricks, known affectionately and simply as “Prof,” was the subject of a heartwarming dedication on the DTS website, which said “the combined ministries of just eight of his former students, a veritable Who’s Who of Evangelical Christians, reach close to 30,000 people in the pews every week.”

Twitter was alive this morning with quotes from Hendricks and video posts of his teaching. Some of the quotes:

  • “You can impress people from a distance but you can impact them only up close.”
  • “The more sensitive you become toward sin, the more aware you’ll be for the need of godliness and holiness.”
  • “The measure of you as a leader is not what you do, but what others do because of what you do.”
  • “You teach what you know but you reproduce what you are.”
  • “People tell me they want to make the Bible relevant. The Bible’s already relevant. You’re the one that’s irrelevant!”



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