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  • Series: Bridgepoint Books
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 edition (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801021839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801021831
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stanley J. Grenz is Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology, and Ethics at Carey Theological College and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. His works include Revisioning Evangelical Theology and Theology for the Community of God.

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Stanley J. Grenz (1950-2005) earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1973, an M.Div. from Denver Seminary in 1976 and a D.Theol. From the University of Munich (Germany) in 1978, where completed his dissertation under the supervision of Wolfhart Pannenberg.

Ordained into the gospel ministry in 1976, Grenz worked within the local church context as a youth director and assistant pastor (Northwest Baptist Church, Denver), pastor (Rowandale Baptist Church, Winnipeg), and interim pastor. In addition he preached and lectured in numerous churches, colleges, universities and seminaries in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia.

Grenz wrote or cowrote twenty-five books, the most recent of which is Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology (2004). His other books include The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei (Westminster John Knox), Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Postmodern Context (with John R. Franke; Westminster John Knox), The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics (IVP), A Primer on Postmodernism (Eerdmans), Women in the Church: A Biblical Theology of Women in Ministry (with Denise Muir Kjesbo; IVP), Revisioning Evangelical Theology: A Fresh Agenda for the 21st Century (IVP), and The Millennial Maze: Sorting Out Evangelical Options (IVP). He has also coauthored several shorter reference and introductory books for IVP, including Who Needs Theology? An Invitation to the Study of God (with Roger E. Olson), Pocket Dictionary of Ethics (with Jay T. Smith), and Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (with David Guretzki and Cherith Fee Nordling). He contributed articles to more than two dozen other volumes, and has had published more than one hundred essays and eighty book reviews. These have appeared in journals such as Christianity Today, The Christian Century, Christian Scholar's Review, Theology Today and the Journal of Ecumenical Studies.

For twelve years (1990-2002), Grenz held the position of Pioneer McDonald Professor of Baptist Heritage, Theology and Ethics at Carey Theological College and at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. After a one-year sojourn as Distinguished Professor of Theology at Baylor University and Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas (2002-2003), he returned to Carey and resumed his duties as Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology. In 2004 he assumed an additional appointment as Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington.

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It's not a natural setting for human relationships to be bound together in trinitarian love.
David D. Flowers
The topic of community is an easy topic to wax eloquent about, but Grenz makes it practical and real.
Gerald W. Ford
It is a must read for every Christian or those wondering what the Christian faith is all about.
J. Arnez

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David D. Flowers on February 26, 2007
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Are you struggling to understand how theology is practical to Christian living? Have you had a hard time putting life into perspective? Many authors have a difficult time making theology sensible to the common man. Grenz wonderfully accomplishes this task and gives the church a proper understanding of God's purposes for his creation. We were created for community!

Grenz begins by discussing the importance of theology and how it should be more than mere head knowledge. Application must be made and that application ought to change our lives for the better of God's good purposes.

Grenz gives a simple and concise synopsis of the Christian faith. Who is God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? How do we understand and communicate who he is? What does it mean to be created in his image? What did the Fall really do to community? What exactly did God do to restore that community? Why did he do it this way? What does it mean to say that the church mirrors the community of God? Grenz beautifully tells the story of God... the story of his community... the story of our faith.

Why "community"?
Grenz writes, "because the focus on community encapsules the biblical message, it stands at the heart of the theological heritage of the church, and it speaks to the aspirations and sensed needs of people in our world today. In short, as we realize that we are created for community, we are in a position to connect Christian belief with Christian living."

This is the second time I have read this book. The first time was in college. This last time through was better than the first! I have really been able to catch Grenz's vision of trinitarian community. Trinitarian unity is the archetype for the church.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Arnez on September 15, 2005
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Before reading this book, I thought of theology books as boring, and difficult to understand and not applicable to the everyday believer who was not going to Bible school.

Grenz's "Created for Community" has changed my mind. I am excited about the content as now it gives me some words to help explain my Christian beliefs & a deeper longing to know Christ.

It is a must read for every Christian or those wondering what the Christian faith is all about.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gerald W. Ford on September 14, 2005
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Stan Grenz was one of the most fluent and also readable writers and theologians of our time. And he "lived it". The topic of community is an easy topic to wax eloquent about, but Grenz makes it practical and real.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin W. Holder on February 17, 2005
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This is a wonderful Theological Study Resource. Grenz does an excellent job displaying differing viewpoints, showing which one he believes most correct, and allowing the reader to make a decision based on his own experience. This is an absolute must read for every church member seeking to deepen his/her faith in Jesus and in the Triune God!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duane on October 9, 2011
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Created for Community was an awesome book. I used it for one of my classes at school and I learned how to be a better part of my community. A great read definitely worth getting!!
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With such heavy writings on almost every page of the book, the seller should have categorized it as "poor" instead of "good."
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