StanleyJ.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.
Seeking to accompany its apology to overseas Anglicans for the anguish caused by approving a gay bishop’s ordination in 2003, the U.S. Episcopal bishops have decided to withhold consent for any new bishops elected by dioceses over the next 14 months.
The American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. has announced that a feared recall of missionaries will not happen in 2005. Last summer, American Baptist leaders said they needed to close a $1.5 million budget gap to prevent the recall.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision this month to ban execution of juvenile offenders is finding strong support among some national religious groups.
The 5-4 decision will remove from death row about 70 individuals who were convicted of murders committed before they turned 18. Prosecutors will also be prevented from seeking the death penalty in future cases of juvenile capital crime.