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July 2013


The July 2013 issue of The Baptist Pietist Clarion — the twelfth so far — explores five major themes.

Civil Rights

Rev. Jonathan Berry (a graduate of Bethel Seminary who is on the pastoral staff at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in St. Paul) shares his sermon, “There is No Fear in Love: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” The issue also includes excerpts from Dr. King, an exploration of how opposition to slavery motivated Bethel founder John Alexis Edgren’s participation in the American civil war, and a reflection on Prof. Anton Pearson’s support for civil rights — highlighted by a speech he gave at Bethel Seminary fifty years ago.

Urban Ministry

In “A New Identity: Bridging the Divide,” one of his last sermons at Central Baptist Church, co-editor Ron Saari sought to define successful aspects of urban ministry. (At the end of February 2013, Ron retired as senior pastor at Central Baptist Church after twenty-three years of ministry. Some personal reflections that ministry are also included in this issue. Dr. Joel Lawrence, professor of theology at Bethel Seminary, has been installed as Central’s Senior Pastor.) Mike Widen’s painting entitled “My Name is Not ‘Those People,’” based on a poem by Julia Dinsmore, is also included.

Book Reviews

Vic Winquist reviews Jim and Carole Spickelmier’s new book on BGC history, New Century/New Directions,exploring some of the major issues raised in the book and the diverse perspectives on how to resolve them. Also included is a review of Emilie Griffin’s book, Green Leaves for Later Years, by Pastor Terri Hansen. Griffin has been active in the Renovaré community and was a contributor to the Pietist Conference that was held at Bethel in 2009.

The Poetry of Signe Peterson

Our twelfth issue continues this magazine’s effort to promote the poetry of Signe Peterson. She is a distinguished Swedish Baptist poet whose work challenges us to take our Christian faith seriously.

Virgil Olson (1916-2013)

Finally, we are thankful to Rev. Jonathan Larson for his memorial sermon given at the June 8th funeral of Dr. Virgil Olson. It is a gifted reflection on the life of a frequent contributor to The Baptist Pietist Clarion.

Click to download or view the July 2013 issue


  • Jonathan Berry, “There is No Fear in Love: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King”
  • Jonathan Larson, “Honoring Virgil Olson’s Commitment to Christ: An Imaginary Journey”
  • G. William Carlson, “Inside this Issue…”
  • “Tribute to Dr. Virgil Olson”
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., “Brotherhood That Transcends Race and Color”
  • G. William Carlson, “John Alexis Edgren: Founder of Bethel Seminary, A Naval Officer Opposed to Slavery”
  • G. William Carlson, “Martin Luther King: The Kitchen Prayer”
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., “Give Us the Courage to Do Thy Will”
  • G. William Carlson, “‘Love Our Neighbor as Ourselves’: Anton Pearson’s Civil Rights Speech of 1963”
  • Vic Winquist, review of James and Carole Spickelmier, New Century/New Directions
  • Jerry Sheveland, “A New Missional Effectiveness”
  • James and Carole Spickelmier, “Converge Worldwide: Reflecting on the New Name”
  • G. William Carlson, “Each Day is a Gift from God: The Pietist Poetry of Signe Olson Peterson”
  • Terri Hansen, review of Emilie Griffin, Green Leaves for Later Years
  • Ronald Saari, “A New Identity: Bridging the Divide”
  • Doug Carlson, “Central Baptist Church in the Midway”
  • Julia Dinsmore, “My Name is Not ‘Those People'”
  • Ronald Saari, “Reflections on His 23 Years as Pastor of Central Baptist Church”


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