Spring 2003 · Vol. 32 No. 1 · pp. 142–47 

Current Research

Douglas B. Miller

Faculty Publications, 2002


Derksen, John. From Radicals to Survivors: Strasbourg’s Religious Nonconformists over Two Generations, 1525-1570. Utrecht: HES and De Graaf, 2002. [CMU]

Geddert, Tim. The Mystery of the Kingdom: Studies in the Book of Matthew. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred, 2002. [MBBS]

Isaak, Jon. Situating the Letter to the Hebrews in Early Christian History. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2002. [MBBS]

Jost, *Lynn, and Connie Faber. Family Matters: Discovering the Mennonite Brethren. Winnipeg, MB, and Hillsboro, KS: Kindred, 2002. [TC]

Kyle, Richard. The Ministry of John Knox: Pastor, Preacher, and Prophet. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 2002. [TC]

Miller, Douglas B. Symbol and Rhetoric in Ecclesiastes: The Place of Hebel in Qohelet’s Work. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, and Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2002. [TC]

Shillington, George. Reading the Sacred Text: An Introduction to Biblical Studies. London and New York: Continuum, 2002. [CMU]

Chapters in Books

Derksen, John. “September 11: The View from the Two-Thirds World.” In Pursuing Peace in a Time Such as This. Winnipeg, MB: Mennonite Central Committee, 2002. [CMU]

Geddert, Tim. “Toleranz bejahen—Jesus Christus bekennen.” In Toleranz bejahen—Jesus Christus bekennen: 200 Jahre Mennonitengemeinden in Bayern: Rückblick, Überblick, Ausblick, 12-29. Bolanden-Weierhof: Mennonitischer Buchversand, 2002. [MBBS]

Nikkel, Larry. “From One Thing to Something Else.” In College Faith, ed. Ronald Alan Knott, 109-10. Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 2000. [TC]

Pankratz, James. “From Foreign Mission to Global Partnership.” In For Everything a Season: Mennonite Brethren in North America, 1874-2002, ed. Paul Toews and Kevin Enns-Rempel, 67-79. Winnipeg, MB, and Hillsboro, KS: Kindred, 2002. [MBBS]

Rempel, Valerie. “The Life of the Congregation.” In For Everything a Season: Mennonite Brethren in North America, 1874-2002, ed. Paul Toews and Kevin Enns-Rempel, 137-49. Winnipeg, MB, and {143} Hillsboro, KS: Kindred, 2002. [MBBS]

Unger, Walter. “Broadening Our Horizons.” In For Everything A Season: Mennonite Brethren in North America, 1874-2002, ed. Paul Toews and Kevin Enns-Rempel, 167-77. Winnipeg, MB, and Hillsboro, KS: Kindred, 2002. [CBC]


Baker, Mark. “Would Menno Simons Watch TV?” Mennonite Brethren Herald, 8 February 2002, 27. (A condensed version of this article was also published in the Mennonite Weekly Review, 11 March 2002, 2.) [MBBS]

Bergen, Abe. “Youth Encountering God.” Direction 31 (spring 2002): 18-25. [CMU]

Brandt, Gareth. “Lost Boy: The Journey of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse.” Youthworker (September/October 2002): 30-34. [CBC]

———. “A Radical Christology for a Radical Youth Ministry.” Direction 31 (spring 2002): 26-34. [CBC]

Bystrom, Ray. “God as Vocational Director.” Marketplace (May/June, 2002): 8-9. [MBBS]

Dyck, Paul. “’Love Bade Me Welcome’: Hospitality in Earth and Heaven.” Vision 3 (spring 2002): 85-88. [CMU]

Esau, Ken. “Blessed Be the Ties That Bind: Pastoral Term Appointments.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, 2 August 2002, 7-9. [CBC]

Ewert, D. Merrill. “No Room: A True African Tale.” Christian Leader, December 2002, 4-6. [FPU]

Geddert, Tim. “Wer braucht noch Jesus, wenn wir Jabez haben?” Die Brücke, January 2002, 16-17. [MBBS]

Gilbert, Pierre. “The Divine Project.” Christian Leader, December 2002, 10-13. [CMU]

———. “Finding Out More About Spiritual Warfare.” Christian Leader, March 2001, 9-14. [CMU]

———. “How the Bible Shapes Our World.” Christian Leader, August 2002, 4-7. [CMU]

———. “Les livres prophétiques.” La Bible pas à pas. Feuillet no. 15. Parabole 23 (2001). [CMU]

———. “This Is Our God,” “These Are Our People,” “This Is Our Mission.” The Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba. 92d Convention. February 23-24, 2001, 8-12; 14-15; 74-76. [CMU]

Guenther, Bruce. “The Historical Roots of Bethany College.” Mennonite Historian 28 (September 2002): 1-2, 4. [MBBS] {144}

Huebner, Chris K. “Globalization, Theory, and Dialogical Vulnerability: John Howard Yoder and the Possibility of a Pacifist Epistemology.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 76/1 (2002): 49-62. [CMU]

Isaak, Jon. “How Far Does My Allegiance Go? A Closer Look at Romans 13:1-7.” Christian Leader, August 2002, 8-13. [MBBS]

Koop, Karl. “Das Christentum und die Religionen.” Mennonitisches Jahrbuch (2002): 55-59. [CMU]

———. “Lessons from History on the Uses of Mennonite Confessions of Faith.” Vision 3 (fall 2002): 5-11. [CMU]

———. “Worldly Preachers and True Shepherds: Anticlericalism and Pastoral Identity Among Anabaptists in the Lower Rhine.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 76/4 (2002): 399-411. [CMU]

Kyle, Richard. “Millennialism and Apocalypticism.” In Dictionary of Contemporary Religion in the Western World, ed. Chris Partridge and Douglas Groothuis, 27-30. Leicester, UK: Inter-Varsity, 2002. [TC]

———. “The New Age Movement.” In The World Book Encyclopedia, vol. 14, ed. Daniel O. Zeff, 178-79. Chicago: World Book Publishing, 2002. [TC]

———. “Prophet of God: John Knox’s Self-Awareness.” Reformed Theological Review 61/2 (2002): 85-101. [TC]

———. “The Thundering Scot: John Knox the Preacher.” Westminster Theological Journal 64/1 (2002): 135-49. [TC]

———. “UFO Religion.” In Dictionary of Contemporary Religion in the Western World, ed. Chris Partridge and Douglas Groothuis, 358-60. Leicester, UK: Inter-Varsity, 2002. [TC]

Loewen, Wendell. “Thirsty for the Reign: A Kingdom Theology for Youth Ministry, Part One.” Direction 31/1 (2002): 35-45. [TC]

Loewen, *Wendell, and *Douglas B. Miller. “On Ministry to Youth, Spirituality, and Christian Counterculture.” Direction 31/1 (2002): 101-108. [TC]

Lumeya, Nzash. “Agony out of Africa: Reflections on War and Terror in the Congo.” Christian Leader, January 2002, 5-7. [MBBS]

Marrs, *Heath, and C. Patrick. “A Return to Eye-movement Training? An Evaluation of the Reading Plus Program. Reading Psychology: An International Quarterly 23/4 (2002): 297-322. [TC]

Miller, Douglas B. “Anabaptism and the Theology of C. S. Lewis.” Mennonite Weekly Review, 13 May 2002, 6. [TC]

———. “C. S. Lewis: A Friend of Mennonites?” Mennonite Brethren Herald, 5 April 2002, 24-25. [TC]

———. “A Visit with C. S. Lewis.” Christian Leader, February 2002, 4-10. [TC] {145}

Mueller, Derrick. “Virtues of an Effective Youth Worker.” Direction 31/1 (2002): 46-53. [BC]

Neufeld, Tim. “Postmodern Models of Youth Ministry.” Direction 31/2 (2002): 194-205. [FPU]

Reed, Rodney P. “Big Questions, Bigger Faith.” Direction 31/1 (2002): 4-12. [FPU]

Sawatsky, Jarem. “Re-learning How to Survive.” Conciliation Quarterly 21:3 (2002): 4-5. [CMU]

———. “A Shared JustPeace Ethic: Uncovering Restorative Values.” VOMA Connections 10 (spring 2002): 3-4. [CMU]

Thiessen, Richard D. “Einwanderungszentralstelle Documents.” Mennonite Historical Society of BC Newsletter 8 (summer 2002): 1, 3-4. [CBC]

———. “Peter P. Epp (1864-1953).” Canadian Mennonite Encyclopedia Online, 2002. [CBC]

Unger, Walter. “Better than Riches,” “A Christian Mind,” “The Danger of Delay,” “Rebuke and Flattery,” “Sow Righteousness,” “Standing on the Promises,” “What’s in a Name?” Rejoice! (June/July/August 2002). [CBC]

Musical Recordings and Publications

Funk, Tony. The Time of Eternity. CD IKR012. The West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir. 2002. Compact disc. [CBC]

Masters Theses, Students at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, 2002

Duerksen, Darren T. “A Missional Light in India: A Missional Ecclesiology for Mennonite Brethren Churches in Andhra Pradesh, India.”

Eagle, David. “Jesus, eh? The Saving Significance of the Cross, the Hermeneutics of John D. Caputo, and the Canadian Context.”

Isaak, Andreas. “A Call for a Rebirth of a Resurrection Theology for the Renewal of the Church.”

Nickel, Sylvia G. “The Exercise of Power by Indigenous Missional Leadership for Biblically-Based Community Building.”

Doctoral Dissertations

Huebner, Chris K. “Unhandling History: Anti-Theory, Ethics, and the {146} Practice of Witness.” Doctor of Philosophy. Theology and Ethics. Durham, NC: Duke University, 2002. Advisor: Stanley Hauerwas. Current Position: Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

This dissertation is an attempt to develop a reading of Christian ethics as a nonmanipulative and nonpossessive mode of enquiry, an epistemology of peace. I begin with an examination of the debate between ethical theory and anti-theory and argue for the need to renarrate and reposition what is at stake between them in terms of the violent desire to master contingency, a move which is best understood as calling for the need to move beyond the alternatives of theory and anti-theory. The interpretive heart of the argument involves the construction of an extended three-way debate between Alasdair MacIntyre, John Milbank, and John Howard Yoder. Although MacIntyre, Milbank, and Yoder are agreed in rejecting a “theoretical” conception of discourse in terms of abstract universal reason, there are significant ethical stakes that remain between them, most specifically in terms of the question of the difference between violent and nonviolent modes of enquiry. I shall follow Milbank in arguing that MacIntyre’s account of embodied rational conflict between competing traditions of enquiry presupposes an ontology of violence which is problematic from the perspective of Christian theology, which is founded instead on a charitable ontology of peace. Yet Milbank’s own account of rhetorical persuasion, which attempts to give up all “external” constraints governing rational discourse in favor of the aesthetic possibility of telling a more beautiful story, can itself be seen as an ultimately violent mode of enquiry. But this argument can only finally be made from the perspective of Yoder. More specifically, Yoder shows that Milbank remains implicated in the “Constantinian” temptation towards understanding Christianity as a civilizational religion. While his aesthetic turn may not rest on the appeal to external rational standards, it appears to involve a totalizing attempt to absorb the other by means of its persuasive power in a way that is not fully reciprocal since it need not receive any counter-gift back from the other. By contrast, Yoder’s “non-Constantinian” conception of the church as a disestablished minority which holds no territory can be more genuinely receptive of others precisely because it does not attempt to take charge over the course of history and the world in general. Drawing on Yoder, I develop a series of counter-cultural political and epistemological practices such as the virtue of patience, the cultivation of a readiness for radical reformation, and a nonviolent conception of witness as gift. Together these serve to embody a conception of discourse in {147} which there can be a genuine exchange of gift and counter-gift, a mode of enquiry which cannot but lose its witnessing potential when it is employed in the service of putting handles on history or ruling the world.

Deborah R. Penner. “The Evolution of the Disruptive Female Voice in Renaissance Pastoral.” Doctor of Philosophy. Literature and Criticism. Indiana, PA: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2002. Advisor: Christopher R. Orchard. Current Position: Assistant Professor of English, Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas.

This study examines how the presence or absence of the female voice, beginning with early Virgilian Eclogue origins and its English and Italian Renaissance variants, hints at the precarious status of the male-centered pastoral ideology, whose redundant stereotypes resonate throughout the genre. Indeed the female voice destabilizes the patriarchal genre in earlier versions, introducing seeds of its deconstruction, which then develop into the ironic parody in later versions of pastoral texts. This book traces the textual trajectory of the evolving female voice from those Virgilian beginnings through a number of male-authored pastorals, and concludes with the female-authored Urania by Mary Wroth. The project identifies points in the primary texts where that female voice disrupts, disturbs, and humanizes the male-centered pastoral, unraveling its specious ideology and providing remedial tonic irony to a tired construct. My conclusion examines the impact of the disruptive and unraveling nature of the female voice upon the pastoral genre, as it heralds a “re-vision” of pastoral attitudes, virtues, and events in the otiose otium of Virgil’s solitary pastoral scene. Wroth’s Urania asserts a female revision of pastoral values and virtues. This dissertation specifically deals with the pastoral stereotypes that represent the female voice in interaction with the male voice in these pastoral texts, and the implications that this voice has for the pastoral genre. The work concludes with an analysis of how Wroth’s Urania presents a female-authored literal revision and ironic “re-vision” of the genre itself.

The above listing presents publications of faculty and students of schools which sponsor Direction, identified as follows:

Bethany College (BC), Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), Columbia Bible College (CBC), Fresno Pacific University (FPU), Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS), and Tabor College (TC). In cases of multiple authorship, the author of interest is marked with *.