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Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. February 12, 2017 marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of William “G.W.” Carlson. At the time of his passing, Bill was working on, and nearly finished with, a new edition of the Baptist Pietist Clarion. Following his death, a number of people, including myself, Bill’s good friend Ron Saari, and another close friend and collaborator, Ted Lewis, decided that we wanted to conclude Bill’s work on that edition of the Clarion and have it published. However, we also felt that it would be fitting if this edition of the Clarion would serve also as a memorial edition giving tribute to Bill’s many years of work for pietism through the Baptist Pietist Clarion.

So, what you have before you includes two different sets of writings. First, the articles that were being prepared for publication at the time of Bill’s death are included here toward the end of this edition. Second, we have gathered some of the many tributes that were given to Bill at his memorial service, as well as some others that have been received. It is fitting that the articles which were gathered by Bill for a 2016 volume represent a range of topics dear to his heart: pietistic prayer, Baptist identity, religious liberty in America, and Bethel history. We’ve also included several pieces written by Bill that round out his varied interests: non-violent peace witness, remembering radical Baptists, and the theme of forgiveness. As we remember Bill and all he stood for, we hope that his legacy will find new ways to continue in our world.

Pastor Joel Lawrence

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  • A Note from Cathy Carlson
  • Ron Saari, “The History of the Baptist Pietist Clarion”
  • G. William Carlson, “Looking Out the Window” (with an afterword by Ted Lewis)
  • Chris Gehrz, “I Was a Stranger (For GW Carlson)”
  • Joel Lawrence, “The Soul of a Prophet”
  • Ted Lewis, “Civility with Spice”
  • Ron Saari, “A Tribute from a Friend”
  • Angela Shannon, “G.W.”
  • Sara Koehn, “A Tribute from a Daughter”
  • Ian Carlson, “A Tribute from a Son”
  • Alex Koehn, “A Tribute from a Grandson”
  • Terri L. Hansen, “A New Way to Pray”
  • G. William Carlson, “Radical Baptists: It Takes One to Know One”
  • Roger Olson, “Why I still call myself a… Baptist”
  • Glen Scorgie, “Pulpit and Politics Don’t Mix”
  • Dennis Port, “The Choral History of Bethel Choirs”
  • G. William Carlson, “Living as Forgiven People: Ten Principles of Authentic Forgiveness”