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Stanley J. Grenz, 55, a Vancouver-based Baptist theologian and prolific author whose influence extended into the “emerging church network,” died suddenly March 12 from a massive brain hemorrhage. Grenz held an endowed chair in Baptist heritage at Carey Theological College in Vancouver from 1990 to 2002, then spent one year at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Seminary in Texas before returning to Carey. “He was a progressive evangelical theologian who was a bridge person between evangelicalism and mainline Protestantism,” said friend Roger Olson, professor of theology at Truett. Grenz’s 700-page magnum opus was Theology for the Community of God, “which meant for him working against individualism both in church and society,” Olson said. Grenz authored or co-authored 25 books and lectured widely.

 

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