Right behind my desk, within arms reach of my computer is The Bible Exposition Commentary by Warren Wiersbe. It was the first commentary I ever bought for my pastoral library. It will always be within arms reach while I am studying for a sermon, lesson, or preparing to teach from God’s Word.
Dr. Wiersbe was a mentor of mine. No, I never had the privilege of meeting him, or sit across from his desk, or discuss theology with him over a cup of coffee. But his writing has had such an impact on my life. He had a special way of taking Biblical doctrines and exegesis and placing them on the bottom shelf that even guys like me can comprehend and understand. He truly was a pastor’s pastor.
This past Thursday, Warren Wiersbe went to be with the Lord, the subject of his scores of books, sermons, and other writings. The One He helped others understand better, He now sits in His company. What a legacy. Many pastors I admire point to Wiersbe’s works as a mainstay on their shelves.
With all due respect to to other commentary writers, Wiersbe has been my favorite. I liken him to having my grandpa sitting next to my desk, and being able to ask him questions about theology and proper exposition of a text. So easy to understand, his books are more like a conversation than literature.
In honor of his life, I want to say thank you. Dr. Wiersbe, you have guided my understanding of Scripture, helped me gain a better grasp of Biblical doctrines, and have been a safety net for difficult passages of Scripture. Your legacy continues on the 3rd shelf of my bookshelf, where I can find answers and insight that will never grow old. Thank you for your help in these early years of ministry, and I look forward to the help you will provide in the years ahead.