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When I entered Moody Bible Institute at age 18, I took a test to check my ability to write. And I flunked! You see, I had a hard time with the King’s English. My dad always said things like “I was” and “We done it!” His English was bad and his German was worse. So, I developed some bad habits.
I’m thankful, though. I had to take remedial English, and I’m indebted to a professor who believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.
At that point in my life, becoming an author was the farthest thing from my mind. But then an opportunity opened up while I was in graduate school at Wheaton College. I was invited to teach one course at Moody Bible Institute in media. I couldn’t find a textbook so I wrote one – and thanks to Moody Press – they published it!
This was the beginning. I shifted to biblical and theological works while teaching at Dallas Theological Seminary. I began with a book entitled Sharpening the Focus of the Church, a book I never planned to write. It emerged from a challenging discussion I was having with my students regarding the institutional church in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
This book led to my church planting ministry beginning in 1972. It was then my publishing career expanded quickly. For example, my Men of Character series published by Broadman & Holman (B&H) resulted from a series of messages on Abraham, Joseph, David, etc.
I wrote these chapters in these books for a reading audience, and then adapted them for sermons. This kept me on track in terms of a writing schedule. In essence, when i finished a series of messages, I basically had a book ready to go, thanks to my publishers!
So, this young high school graduate off the farm in Indiana back in the early ’50s is indeed thankful for my remedial course and composition, and a professor who believe in me. He’s now in heaven, and someday when the rewards are given out of the judgment seat of Christ, I’ll sincerely rejoice if he gets those rewards for what effect my books may have had!
Thanks also to the good people at B&H who invited and challenged me to do the Life Essentials Study Bible. This has been an unexpected blessing.
Dr. Gene Getz, host and teacher of Renewal Radio, is the Chairman Emeritus for CCBT and has been a senior pastor, professor, and author of more than 60 books.
Getz has been a church-planting pastor in the Dallas Metroplex since 1972 and has served as an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. He also serves as President of the Center for Church Renewal and serves as Pastor Emeritus of Chase Oaks Church (formerly Fellowship Bible Church North) in Plano, Texas. Getz is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds a bachelor’s degree from Rocky Mountain College, a master’s degree from Wheaton College, and a doctorate from New York University.
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