Dr. Warren Wiersbe, Bible teacher/pastor par excellence. (1929-2019)
Some years ago, when Dr. Wiersbe and I were swapping correspondence, I did him a cartoon which he put on his office wall. Now, most of the Bible study books he had published–one for every New Testament book and a lot of the Old–were part of the “Be” series. Be Real. Be Joyful. Be Faithful. His autobiography was titled “Be Myself.” So, my cartoon showed his tombstone. Under his name, it read: “Be Dead.”
At the time I thought it was funny, and he must have also. (That was at least 30 years ago, when you’re still young enough to joke about these matters. I hope someone has thrown that thing away.)
I’m not sure how or when I first heard of Dr. Wiersbe’s teachings on cassette tape. It would have been in the mid-1970s. I was serving the First Baptist Church of Columbus, MS and always searching for good resources for preaching material. His sermon tapes were a pure delight. Once I took a two-day retreat to a lake house and did nothing but listen to his tapes. At the time he was pastoring Moody Church in Chicago.
One day, sitting around talking with a couple of neighboring pastors, I was amused to hear one of them say, “I’ve found the most wonderful source of sermon material. I’m reluctant to mention it to anyone because I’m enjoying it so much.”