The newest issue of The Baptist Pietist Clarion, an annual newsletter edited by my friend and occasional co-blogger G.W. Carlson, is now available in print and online. (For the former, I can put you in touch with GW. For the latter, click here.) Some highlights in a typically strong, wide-ranging issue:
• Joel Lawrence reflects on the growing popularity of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and what that German theologian’s Christocentrism means for preaching.
• I contribute a preview of The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons — learn more here. It’s just one of many articles with connections to Pietism — see also an excerpt from Carl Lundquist’s lectures given on the 100th anniversary of Bethel in 1981.
• Both GW and former Bethel Seminary dean Leland Eliason pay tribute to the late Jim Spickelmier, whose books (with his widow Carole) on Carl Lundquist and the recent history of Bethel Seminary are reviewed by Terri Hansen and Glen Scorgie, respectively.
• Current seminary dean David Clark emphasizes the need for Bethel to prepare “whole and holy leaders” who can serve in a “post-Christendom world” and yet “keep firm in biblical conviction.”
• Christian Collins Winn takes on the question, “Why am I a Baptist?” GW suggests an answer to that question from late 19th/early 20th century pastor Walter Rauschenbusch, about whom Vic Winquist asks, “Pietist or Social Activist?”
• Then GW contributes two profiles: the first of Nathaniel Schmidt, the Swedish Baptist pastor who worked with Rauschenbusch and other members of the Brotherhood of the Kingdom to help the church respond to the problems facing working class immigrants in cities like New York; the second of former Bethel political science professor Wally Peterson (profiled in greater depth recently at this blog).