It is with real sadness that I note here both the death of Stanley Grenz (in the early hours of the 12th March) and my appreciation of his formative influence on my Jesus-following life. I first came across Stan in the March 1994 issue of Regent College’s quarterly journal CRUX. Stan had written the feature essay – Star Trek and the next Generation: Postmodernism and the Future of Evangelical Theology (I later heard him deliver this as an address):
“Our society is in the throes of a monumental transition, the movement from modernity to postmodernity. The emerging generation – those raised on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” – is already imbued with many aspects of the postmodern mind. Confronted by this new context, we dare not fall into the trap of wistfully longing for a return to the modernity that gave evangelicalism its birth – indeed, we simply cannot turn back the clock – for we are not called to minister in the past, but in the contemporary context….”
Indeed, as we gratefully remember appreciate and celebrate the gift of Stan’s life (1950-2005), we realise that we “simply cannot turn back the clock”…but that the ways that he has interacted and shaped us will remain with us and we will carry on, something of him journeying with us. He will be missed.