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March 12, 2005

Remembering Stanley Grenz

Stanley Grenz, 1950-2005Dr. Stanley Grenz died at 4 a.m. PST this morning at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, after suffering a massive blood pressure spike which damaged his brain. Although I have never read any of his books, I'm sure my own theology has been deeply influenced by him because of his profound impact on the lives of others in the emerging church who have influenced me.

Ron Carucci, COO of Mars Hill Graduate School in Vancouver, writes, "There are hardly words to express the heartache and shock his loss brings. As a community, and as individuals who have been deeply touched by his brilliance and kindness, we will grieve this tragic event, and celebrate the life he lived for many years."

Brian McLaren's eulogy is posted on the Emergent U.S. blog.

Other remembrances from around the blogosphere:

Tony Jones writes, "Even as we grieve his loss and mourn with his family, we can be thankful that he left behind so much rich theological work. Godspeed, Stan."

Doug Pagitt writes, "Stan was not only a leader in thinking, and a great benefit to me and many of us, but he was a really good man. He really was a good man. He will be deeply missed."

Jason Clark writes, "One of the reasons I went back to do post-graduate theology, was a private conversation with Stan in 1999, talking in the warm night air of Corona, about my background, our churches, and the value of thinking through things theologically. For someone as busy as he must have been, his care, attention to people, encouragment, and ongoing support on e-mail, amazed me."

Dwight Friesen writes, "Stan was so much more than a brilliant theological mind; from his goofy jokes and his legendary love of Star Trek; to his in-class guitar playing, prolific pen and his love for Christ's church; he was a really beautiful man."

Jordon Cooper writes, "His writings and teaching were tremendously important in my theological development and thinking. It is hard to believe that he has passed away."

Mike King writes, "... the Emergent dialogue was given significant legitimacy because of the involvement by such world-class theologians as Dr. Stan Grenz. He will be greatly missed."

Will Samson writes, "I am amazed to think that, by such an early age, he produced over twenty works of significant theology. How could this energetic, spry, brilliantly intellectually curious follower of Jesus be snatched from among us at the age of 55? He was in love with us all."

Sivin Kit writes, "I've never met him personally. But his books and articles - quite a number of them had a personal impact in me. ... A lot of what he said kind of resonated with the journey I was in especially since 2000 till today ..."

Justin Taylor, who co-edited a book critical of Dr. Grenz' theology and the emerging church movement, was one of the first to sound the call for prayer and mourns him the same, saying, "May the God of all comfort minister to his family in these painful days."

Jen Lemen writes, "There are no words to adequately express this loss."

UPDATE 3/22: Mars Hill Graduate School has posted a very nice memorial to Dr. Grenz, including video from the memorial service available to watch online.

Posted by Steve K. at March 12, 2005 09:39 PM


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