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Remembering Clark Pinnock

Christian Theologian Dr. Clark Pinnock passed away yesterday (August 15th, 2010). Dr. Pinnock was a strong and at times conversational voice in the Evangelical movement.  He taught most recently at MacMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada.  And published many books, including (but certainly not limited to): Flame of Love: A Theology of the […]

pattern of prayer

My bus drops me off about 1.25 miles from my school, so I have a little bit of a walk.  I love this walk.  It affords me the opportunity to feel my city, I encounter some of its people, walk by some of the places where people work, I get my coffee from one of […]

Chad Canipe passed away this morning

This morning at around 7:00 AM my friend Chad died, leaving behind his wife Renee and their two sons Colin (7) and Aidan (3).

Just a few months into the formation of what is now Quest, Lynette and I met a church planting duo who fast became good friends. They planted and for roughly three years pastored Crossroads Church which gathered in West Seattle. Many evenings Chad, Renee, Lynette and I would sit together praying, dreaming, wondering, crying, and hoping.

I was shocked when I received that damn phone call this morning – this should not be – he’s too young, his family needs him, and his community needs him. I just can’t understand this.

Chad was a beautiful man; a great thinker and I knew him to enjoy deep communion with God – shoot, I remember him fasting for the entire Lenten season a few years ago – he embodied full life and loved Christ’s church.

Aaron’s Klinefelter site shared: “There will be a Memorial Service held Sunday morning (March 12) from 10:00-12:00 at the Vineyard Central building, St. Elizabeth’s, on the corner of Carter and Mills in Norwood, OH (directions). This will be in lieu of our regular Sunday morning worship gathering. Childcare will be provided for those age 4 and under only.

“There will be a viewing on Monday evening from 6:00-7:30, also at St. Elizabeth’s.

“Instead of flowers, donations to a Trust Fund for Colin and Aidan can be made at any 5/3rd bank. Let them know it is for the Chad Canipe Memorial Fund. We are also working on a website for the same. Once it is up you can donate online at”

Here are links to a few more sites with information and tributes:

Aaron Klinefelter

Alan Creech

Chris Marshall

Renee and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you . . . I am so sorry for your loss.

grace, dwight

sad news, brother roger has been killed


90 year old Brother Roger – spiritual father to countless Christ-followers throughout the world and the founder and Abbott of the Taizé Community – was killed during evening prayers yesterday, Tuesday August 16th, 2005 and he died immediately (read more).

May the Peace of Christ be with us all,


secret postcards

Check out  the site contains some very powerful images so engage as you are able.  Samples . . .

peace, dwight

Paul Ricoeur died

Paul Ricoeur — “the philosopher whose writings on hermeneutics were the cornerstone of an ambitious rethinking of the relationship between the humanities and the social sciences . . .” died today at the age of 92.  Read more here and  here

Russell Arben Fox blogs on Ricoeur

A few of Ricoeur’s titles:

Stan’s memorial

The memorial service for Stan was this past Sunday at First Baptist Church (where Dr. Edna Grenz is worship pastor).  Lynette and I attended the service and it was beautiful.  The memorial is viewable on the web, and I would highly recommend that you at least take a few moments to watch the family tribute; Stan’s brother, his daughter-in-law, and daughter each offered a tribute.  Stan’s son Joel created a video montage and Edna conducted her choir in the singing of Handle’s Hallelujah!

A life well lived indeed.

peace, dwight


Yesterday, during the class period when Stan and I were supposed to be teaching “Thinking Theologically 2”
Mars Hill Graduate School held a memorial service.  It was an honoring time; a time that I think Stan would have appreciated.  As it was centered on the Word, Prayer, Song and Story. 


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When I first started as a teacher’s assistant at Mars Hill Graduate School I was thrilled to learn that Stanley J. Grenz was the scholar in residence and was facilitating monthly faculty enrichment times.  I was even more thrilled when I was invited to sit in on those sessions.  Since I was new I didn’t know about “Mars Hill Time” I showed-up fifteen minutes early.  I made my up to the Library to discover that Stan didn’t know about Mars Hill time either.  He received me, making me to feel like I belonged there.  And before long we were embroiled in lively conversation about whether not post-post-modernity is possible.  “What fun!”  I thought, “I could get used to this.”


Stan has been something of a hero to me.  His love for the church was reflected not only in what, and how he had written but bled through almost every conversation.  Not to mention that he lived for some time in Southern Manitoba (my homeland) and married Edna, who if my memory serves me correctly has some family connection to the Friesen clan. 


A friend of mine once asked me what Stan was like, after thinking about it – not long enough apparently – I compared him to an otter.  Stan was a playful man, the kind of playfulness that comes from being comfortable with oneself, able to offer oneself freely to others.  His sense of humor was legendary: one of my favorite Stan Jokes was:  “Do you know what heck is?”  Heck is the place reserved for people who don’t believe in Gosh.” 


Through I first encountered Stan through his writings; I first met Stan in late ’96 or early ’97 here in Seattle.  A small group of young pastors who were wrestling with missional thoughts of church; we had gathered to pray and talk and dream about what church could be.  And Stan came down from Vancouver to participate, and offer us a glimpse into the postmodern through Star Trek.  His presence has been vital to the growth of the entire emergent church movement.  He was one of the first “respectable” voices to step into the conversation.  To offer his person and his experience and leverage his theological and biblical expertise to coach young leaders into ministry within our changing context.  And he was a visible and vital part of the Avant-church movement ever since. 


One of my favorite things about Stan was how excited he would become when he’d talk about one of his recent areas of study and research.  In class he became famous for “StanGents” which are theological tangents that actually went somewhere.  Often these “StanGents” were excursions into his new work.  Its hard to imagine that a man so young could have all authored or co-authored twenty-five books and his 26th book has is scheduled to hit the press in November, over twenty chapters in other volumes, over one hundred periodical and journal articles, and eighty-some book reviews.  To hear him talk about his writing process as a prayerful act of dependence on the Holy Spirit of God to actually show-up breathe through his keyboard.  It seemed that his writing was a genuine journey of discovery, not always knowing where the writing would take him, or even who he might become in the process.


This past Saturday afternoon I found myself pulling book after book off my shelf which he had written and flipping through them, reading, and rereading underlined selections, dog-eared pages until I had a stack of twenty monographs on my desk.  One of the aspects of his writing that I so deeply appreciated was way that he wrote so missionally for the evangelical community, knowing the methodology that evangelicals demand he choose to write a close history of theological concepts thus subtly deconstructing closed doctrines and opening the hearts and minds of not just conservative Christians to consider an even bigger God. 


All of us who loved him would have wished for more years.  His greatest work, many of us believed, was still ahead of him.  Maybe if we hold his ideas of “The Social God and the Relational Self” to be true, then his best work is still ahead of him.  Through his wife Dr. Edna Grenz, his daughter Corina his son Joel, his granddaughter Anika, through you and through me.  For our relationalselves bear something of the image of Stan on our hearts and on our lives.


Between now and the resurrection, we will truly miss our dear brother Stan. Thankfully, while we grieve, we do not grieve as those who have no hope.



Remembering Stanley J. Grenz

Stan Grenz (1950-2005) passed away this morning around 4:00am.  He went to bed on Thursday night and never woke up.  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.  He never missed an opportunity to celebrate his wife, Edna, their children; Joel and Corina or his new granddaughter, Anika.  If you ever had the privilege of talking with Stan about a recent area of research then you saw the child-like joy a person alive God’s Spirit, and his delight in discovery was not only infectious it also created space for others to explore.  I rejoice in Stan’s life and grieve his death. 

Stan once wrote: “In the face of the meaninglessness of our existence which apparently ends in death, we declare the good news that we will one day share in Christ’s resurrection.  This event which marks the culmination of personal life in the great eschatological community is not an isolated, individual experience.  Rather, the resurrection is also a corporate or social event that will occur when our risen Lord returns in glory to bring human history to its climax.”  (Grenz, Theology for the Community of God, 1994, p. 598)

Stan, I loved you, and I will always carry you with me.  Edna, my heart aches with you and for you.

Tributes by: Brian McLaren, Rachelle Mee-Chapman, Wes Roberts, Mike Todd, Vaunghn ThompsonPaul Fromont, Len Hjalmarson, Jan Bros, Bob Robinson, Doug Pagitt, Sivin Kit, Will Samson . . . And be sure to visit the guest book.