Vernon C. Grounds passed away yesterday at the age of 96. Former president of Denver Seminary (1956-1979) and leading evangelical thinker for much of the 20th century, Dr. Grounds will surely be missed by many. According to Gordon MacDonald, “He was our friend, our spiritual father, our wise elder, our leader. In his consistent manner of living and working he gave us a model of the truly Christian life.”
Roger Olson, reflecting on influence of Dr. Grounds, offers the following thoughts:
He was one of the most influential evangelical statesmen in America and, among other things, an expert on Bonhoeffer. It was via his writings that I first realized that an evangelical could actually appreciate the thoughts of a non-evangelical (in the sense of American conservative, revivalist evangelicalism)….
In other words, Grounds was a model post-fundamentalist, centrist evangelical whose voice has been missed these past many years since his retirement. May his tribe increase.