J. Kenneth Grider

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J. Kenneth Grider (October 22, 1921 – December 6, 2006) was a Nazarene Christian theologian and former seminary professor primarily associated with the followers of John Wesley who are part of the Holiness movement.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

J. Kenneth Grider was born October 22, 1921 in Madison, IL to William Sanford and Elizabeth (Krone) Grider.[1][2] In 1948, he got a M.A. from the Drew University, Madison, New Jersey in 1950.[2] In 1947, he graduated from the Nazarene Theological Seminary.[citation needed] He received his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 1952.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Grider was a distinguished visiting Professor of theology at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL, and professor of theology emeritus at Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City.[1] He taught courses in Hurlet Nazarene College (Scotland), Point Loma Nazarene University, Olivet Nazarene University, Southern Nazarene University, Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, and extension courses in Mexico and the Philippines.[3]

He was an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.[1]

He was one of the translators of the New International Version of the Bible, working at two committee levels on six New Testament books.[3] His "magnum opus" is the systematic theology A Wesleyan-Holiness Theology (1994).[3] He also wrote over 2,000 poems, articles, commentaries, essays, and lessons and contributed to numerous symposia.[3] He was the editor of The Seminary Tower for 36 years.[3]

Theology[edit]

Grider had Arminian soteriological views in the Wesleyan tradition,[4] and was a supporter of the governmental theory of atonement view.[5]

Death[edit]

Grider died December 6, 2006 in Chandler, AZ.[1]

Awards[edit]

In 1966, Grider received the Olivet Nazarene University's Clergy Alumnus of the Year award.[1] In 1991, he received a honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Olivet Nazarene University.[1] In 1999, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Wesleyan Theological Society.[1][6]

Publications[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1950). Representative theories of natural evil (M.A. thesis). Madison, NJ: Drew University.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1952). The problem of natural evil in the light of the Christian doctrine of the incarnation (Ph. D. thesis). Glasgow: Glasgow University.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1964). Taller my soul : or, The means of Christian growth. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1965). The word and the doctrine : studies in contemporary Wesleyan-Arminian theology. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1965). Repentance unto life : what it means to repent. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1980). Entire sanctification : the distinctive doctrine of Wesleyanism. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1982). Born again and growing. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1983). Gibralters of the faith. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.
  • Taylor, Richard Shelley; Grider, J. Kenneth; Taylor, Willard H. (1983). Beacon Dictionary of Theology. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1994). A Wesleyan Holiness Theology. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.

Chapters[edit]

  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1966). "Ezekiel". Beacon Bible commentary. Volume IV, Isaiah through Daniel. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1983). "The holy trinity : the triune God". A Contemporary Wesleyan theology : biblical, systematic, and practical. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (2019). "The holy trinity : the triune God". Basics Of The Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House.

Articles[edit]

  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1951). "The Church of the Nazarene". Theology. 54 (8): 304–305.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1958). "Masturbation". Pastoral Psychology. 9 (4).
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (1982). "The Nature of Wesleyan Theology" (PDF). Wesleyan Theological Journal. 17 (2): 43–57.
  • Grider, J. Kenneth (2000). "Wesleyans and Homosexuality" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-01-16.

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