I didn’t find out until Wednesday of this week that Dr. Charles Ryrie (b. 1925) had passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior. Continue reading . . .
I didn’t find out until Wednesday of this week that Dr. Charles Ryrie (b. 1925) had passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior. He died on February 16th, just weeks short of his ninety-first birthday. Numerous tributes have been written in the wake of his death, but I would like to add my short one to the mix.
Many of those who’ve written of Dr. Ryrie’s influence on their lives testify that they never studied under him at Dallas Seminary but were greatly affected by his many books. Dr. Ryrie retired from teaching Systematic Theology at Dallas Seminary in 1983. As a 1977 graduate of DTS I am among those who did sit under his instruction. In fact, I took virtually all of my theology required courses at DTS from Dr. Ryrie.
As many have noted in their tributes, Dr. Ryrie was the consummate Christian gentleman, even when he found himself in disagreement with a student. I should know, as I was often in disagreement with him on a variety of issues, yet he at all times treated me with respect and never allowed my youthful and immature rantings to provoke in him an angry response.
I shared countless meals with Dr. Ryrie and spent numerous hours in his office, outside of class, discussing a wide range of theological issues. He was always generous with his time and never resented the sometimes arrogant questioning and disputation that came from students like me.
I will never forget the day that Dr. Ryrie approached me and asked if I would be willing to work on research for the notes on the OT in his study Bible. To this day I regret having to decline his invitation. It would have been a privilege to work with him on this project but my time as a studen