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.
Thirty-seven Oregonians died by doctor-assisted suicide last year, a slight decrease from 42 the year before, according to a state report. During the seven-year history of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act, assisted suicide has accounted for 208 deaths—roughly one in 1,000 deaths in the state.
Mind over matter: Once an outspoken critic of popular psychology, Paul C. Vitz thinks the discipline has changed for the better over the past 20 years as Freudian psychology, with its exaggerated claims to be scientific, has waned. Therapeutic psychology has recovered its humanistic roots, and may even be considered a subdiscipline of philosophy, as in the premodern era.
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.