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April 2015


During the past seven years several Bethel University professors have made an effort to reclaim the pietist heritage of the denomination and its educational institutions. I penned an essay entitled “Pietism and Bethel’s Educational Values: A Gift for the Future” in the Bethel University Faculty Journal (Spring 2008); Christian Collins Winn, Christopher Gehrz, and I coordinated a conference at Bethel entitled “The Pietist Impulse in Christianity” (March 2009), many of whose papers were published in a book by that same title (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2011); Gehrz has edited a book entitled The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons (Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2015); and Collins Winn and Roger Olson have recently authored a book entitled Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2015). In this issue Glen Scorgie, Bethel Seminary San Diego, has written a wonderful review of the Olson and Collins Winn book.

Two essays in this issue explore Biblical themes related to reconciliation and peace. Laurel Bunker, campus pastor at Bethel University, gave a sermon entitled “Blessed are the Peacemakers” for Martin Luther King Sunday at Central Baptist Church. I have asked Terri Hansen to review Christena Cleveland’s Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart.

We welcome two new contributors this issue of the Baptist Pietist Clarion: Joelle Anderson reviews a recent book by Philip Yancey, and Linnea Winquist shares a sermon she gave last year on Palm Sunday.

In 2009 Baptists around the world celebrated the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Baptist tradition. I was given the opportunity to address this celebration at a number of sites including my home church, Central Baptist Church in St. Paul. Included in this issue is a summary of those presentations, plus several articles on the value of being Baptist by Dwight Jessup, David Jessup, and Ron Saari.

G. William Carlson

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  • Glen Scorgie, review of Roger E. Olson and Christian T. Collins Winn, Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition
  • Laurel Bunker, “Blessed are the Peacemakers”
  • G. William Carlson, “Inside this Issue of the Baptist Pietist Clarion
  • G. William Carlson and Mike Widen, “Baptist Stations of the Cross”
  • Diana Magnuson, “Virgil A. Olson Stained Glass Windows Memorial Dedication”
  • Joelle Anderson, “Do Not Fear the Future: A Millennial’s Perspective on Yancey’s Vanishing Grace
  • Ted Lewis, “Baptism”
  • G. William Carlson, “New Leadership at the Baptist General Conference (Converge Worldwide)”
  • G. William Carlson, “Bernice King Visits Bethel: Promotes Peace and Forgiveness”
  • Terri L. Hansen, review of Christena Cleveland, Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart
  • Linnea Winquist, “Palm Sunday and Soul Liberty: A Baptist Invitation (Luke 19)”
  • David Jessup, “F. O. Nilsson, The Swedish Baptists and The Commitment to Religious Liberty”
  • Dwight Jessup, review of Frank Lambert, Separation of Church and State: Founding Principle of Religious Liberty
  • Ron Saari, “My Own Musing about the Recent Name Change”
  • G. William Carlson, “A 400th Birthday Party for Baptists: Our Stories Matter!”
  • Sutton Griggs, “A Hero Closes a War”
  • G. William Carlson, “Gaustad Celebrates Baptist Contributions to Religious Liberty”
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