By Jerry B. Jenkins, Special to ASSIST News Service
BLACK FOREST, CO (ANS – Feb. 17, 2016) — I consider it an unspeakable honor to have served as Dr. Charles Ryrie’s publisher when I was Vice President for Publishing at the Moody Bible Institute during the 1980s and we published The Ryrie Study Bible. His monumental life’s work contained more than 10,000 study notes. To date it has sold more than 2 million copies.
Dr. Ryrie died in Dallas on February 16, 2016, at the age of 90.
He served for many years as professor of systematic theology and dean of doctoral studies at Dallas Theological Seminary until his retirement in 1983. I found Dr. Ryrie humble and soft-spoken, bemused to the point of dismissive of the attention and celebrity that came with the commercial success of his study Bible. He was never demanding, never played the star, and not only did he not seek the spotlight, he shunned it.
Dr. Ryrie was also one able to laugh at himself. Once when I visited him in Dallas, we went to lunch at a popular cafeteria. After we made our way through the food line and sat to eat, he bowed over a steaming bowl to pray. When he finished he said, “Wow, Jerry, this onion soup really smells strong.”
At that instant a customer in the line said, “Hey! Who took the hot bacon dressing?”
Without missing a beat, Dr. Ryrie draped a cloth napkin over his arm, rose, and delivered the bowl back to the line, asking customers how they were doing and urging them to enjoy their meals.
One thanked him and said, “Do people tell you that you look like Charles Ryrie, the Bible guy?”
“Actually I get that a lot,” he said.
Photo captions: 1) Dr. Charles C. Ryrie. 2) Dr. Ryrie teaching a class. 3) Jerry B. Jenkins.
About the writer: Jerry B. Jenkins is the author of more than 186 books with 21 New York Times bestsellers, including the Left Behind series, and has sold more than 70 million books. He mentors writers through his Writers Guild at www.JerryJenkins.com.
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