Spring 2005 · Vol. 34 No. 1 · pp. 125–29 

Current Research

Douglas B. Miller

Faculty Publications, 2004


Buckland, Jerry. Ploughing Up the Farm: Neoliberalism, Modern Technology and the State of the World’s Farmers. Halifax, NS: Fernwood; London: Zed, 2004. [CMU]

Bystrom, Raymond O. God Among Us: Studies in John’s Gospel. Luminaire Series. Winnipeg, MB, and Hillsboro, KS: Kindred, 2003. [MBBS]

Geddert, Timothy J. Verantwortlich Handeln. Neufeld Verlag, 2004. [MBBS]

Ott, Berhnard. God’s Shalom Project. Trans. *Timothy J. Geddert. Intercourse, PA: Good, 2004. [MBBS]

Thiessen, Richard D. From the Urals to the Fraser Valley: A Biography and Genealogy of Peter Jacob Esau (1895-1981) and Anna (Neufeld) Esau (1896-1976). Abbotsford, BC: R. D. Thiessen, 2004. [CBC]

Chapters in Books

*Baker, Mark D., and J. Ross Wagner. “The Righteousness of God and Hurricane Mitch: Reading Romans in Hurricane-Devastated Honduras.” In Navigating Romans Through Cultures, ed. Yeo Khiok-khng, 95-132. New York: T & T Clark, 2004. [MBBS]

Buckland, Jerry. “Globalization, NGOs and Civil Society in Bangladesh.” In Globalization and Community: Canadian Perspectives. Ed. J.L. Chodkiewicz and R. E. Wiest, 143-57. University of Manitoba Anthropology Papers 34. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba, 2004. [CMU]

———. “Non-governmental Organisations and Civil Society in Bangladesh: Risks and Opportunities of Globalisation.” In Globalization, Environmental Crisis and Social Change in Bangladesh. Ed. Matiur Rahman, 141-64. Dhaka: University Press Limited, 2004. [CMU]

Dyck, Paul. “Locating the Word: The Textual Church and George Herbert’s Temple.” In Centered on the Word: Scripture and Literature in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Ed. Daniel Doerksen and Christopher Hodgkins, 224-44. Newark, NJ: University of Delaware Press, Associated University Presses, 2004. [CMU]

Huebner, Chris K. “Patience, Witness, and the Scattered Body of Christ: Yoder and Virilio on Knowledge, Politics, and Speed.” In A Mind Patient and Untamed: Assessing John Howard Yoder’s Contribution to Theology, Ethics, and Peacemaking. Ed. Ben C. Ollenburger and Gayle Gerber Koontz, 56-74. Telford, PA: Cascadia, 2004. [CMU]

Huebner, Harry. “The Christian Life as Gift and Patience: Why Yoder Has Trouble with Method.” In A Mind Patient and Untamed: Assessing John Howard Yoder’s Contribution to Theology, Ethics, and Peacemaking. Ed. Ben C. Ollenburger and Gayle Gerber Koontz, 23-38. Telford, PA: Cascadia, 2004. [CMU]


Baker, Mark D. “Embracing a Wider Cross: There Are Many Life-Changing Ways to Understand Christ’s Death and Resurrection.” In Touch, September 2004, 6-8. [MBBS]

*Baker, Mark D. and J. Ross Wagner. “Reading Romans in Hurricane-Ravaged Honduras: A Model of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Conversation.” Missiology 32 (July 2004): 367-83. [MBBS]

Bystrom, Raymond O. “Ten Words for Those Who Work.” InterVarsity Ministry in Daily Life Web site, Ten articles reprinted with permission from The Marketplace, November/December 1994 to May/June 1996. [MBBS]

———. “Unlocking the Riches of John’s Gospel.” In Touch, spring/summer 2004, 8-10. [MBBS]

Derksen, John. “Nonviolent Political Action in Sixteenth-Century Strasbourg: The Ziegler Brothers.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 78:4 (2004): 543-56. [CMU]

Ediger, Gerald C. “The Proto-Genesis of the March for Jesus Movement, 1970-87.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 12:2 (2004): 247-75. [CMU]

Epp-Tiessen, Dan. “Praise and Lament in the Face of Death.” Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology 5 (spring 2004): 33-39. [CMU]

Geddert, Timothy J. “Apocalypticism” (part of larger article with coauthors D. E. Aune and C. A. Evans). In Dictionary of the New Testament, ed. Craig A. Evans and Stanley E. Porter, 66-67. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2004. [MBBS]

———. “Beginning Again (Mark 16:1-8).” Direction 33 (fall 2004): 150-57. [MBBS]

———. “The Treasures of Luke,” a nine-part Bible study series for Mennonite Brethren Herald, 24 September 2004 to 11 March 2005. [MBBS]

———. “Walk on By?” Christian Leader, January 2005, 14-15. [MBBS]

———. “Der Weg zum zweiten Glück?” Family, May 2004, 74-77. [MBBS]

———. “Zwei Söhne und ein Rennender Vater (Die Ethik eines Gleichnisses Jesu)” Die Brücke, March/April 2004, 4-7. [MBBS]

Gerbrandt, Gerald. “Scholars as Servants of the Church.” Direction 33 (fall 2004): 133-42. [CMU]

Gilbert, Pierre. “A Change of Allegiance: Who Is This Christ We Claim to Follow?” Christian Leader, August 2004, 15-16; Mennonite Brethren Herald 5 November 2004, 4-5; The Voice: Official Newsletter of the Evangelical Anabaptist Fellowship, December 2004, 1-2. [CMU]

Guenther, Bruce L. “Evangelicalism.” In Encyclopaedia of Protestantism, ed. Hans J. Hillerbrand, 2:709-11. New York: Routledge, 2004. [MBBS]

———. “The Road Less Traveled: The Evangelical Path of Kanadier Mennonites Who Returned to Canada.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 22 (2004): 145-66. [MBBS]

———. “Slithering Down the Plank of Intellectualism? The Canadian Conference of Christian Educators and the Impulse Towards Accreditation Canadian Among Bible Schools During the 1960s.” Historical Studies in Education 16:2 (2004): 197-228. [MBBS]

———. “ ‘Training for Effective Christian Service’: The Contribution of Covenant Bible Institute in the Life of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Western Canada.” Covenant Quarterly 61:2 (May 2003): 2-26. [MBBS]

Heidebrecht, Doug. “The Hermeneutical Task: Crossing from the World of the Bible to Our World Today.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, 9 April 2004: 4-7. [BC]

———. “Reading 1 Timothy 2:9-15 in Its Literary Context.” Direction 33 (fall 2004): 171-84. [BC]

Holm, Jim. “Extinguishing Burnout.” Christian Leader, October 2004, 10-13. [MBBS]

Isaak, Jon. “Baptism Among the Early Christians.” Direction 33 (spring 2004): 3-20. [MBBS]

Jost, Lynn. “Mennonite Brethren Theology of Baptism.” Direction 33 (spring 2004): 21-32. [TC]

———. “Proper 6, Year C.” Preaching: Word & Witness, 13 June 2004. [TC]

Kyle, Richard. “Family of Love”; “Synanon”; “The Way International”; and “Worldwide Church of God.” In Encyclopedia of New Religions, ed. Chris Partridge, 86-88; 396-99; 74-77; 64-65. Oxford: Lion, 2004. [TC]

Martens, Elmer A. “Cultural Perspectives on Creation.” Mennonite Brethren Chinese Herald, August 2004, 12-13. [MBBS]

———. “Taking the Yawn Out of Reading Scripture.” Christian Leader, November 2004, 21. [MBBS]

Miller, Douglas B. “Bible Resources for the Nonspecialist.” Direction 33 (fall 2004): 207-11. [TC]

Rempel, Valerie. “Where We’ve Been.” Christian Leader, September 2004, 4-7. [MBBS]

Sawatsky, Jarem. “Eating Peace: The Practice of Peace in Everyday Life.” Conciliation Quarterly 23 (fall 2004): 17-18. [CMU]

Shillington, V. George. “Significant Translation: Exchange as a Literary-Theological Pattern in John.” Direction 33 (fall 2004): 158-70. [CMU]

Unger, Walter. “The Church ‘Without Spot or Wrinkle’: Testing the Tradition.” Direction 33 (spring 2004): 33-47. [CBC]

Yamasaki, Gary. “Broken Parallelism in Matthew’s Parable of the Two Builders (7:24-27).” Direction 33 (fall 2004): 143-49. [CBC]

———. “Jesus and the End of Life in the Synoptic Gospels.” Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology 5 (2004): 40-47. [CBC]

Musical Recordings

Boschman, Nelson. Keeping Time, Vol. 01: Sounding the Liturgical Year Through Jazz. NBT16002. The Nelson Boschman Trio with guests. 2004. Compact disc. [CBC]

Funk, Tony. By Light Indwelled: Choral Music by West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir. IKR015CD. The West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir. 2004. Compact disc. [CBC]

Doctoral Thesis

Rogalsky, Tim. “Acceleration of Differential Evolution for Aerodynamic Design.” Doctor of Philosophy, Mathematics. University of Manitoba, 2004. Advisor: R. W. Derksen. Current Position: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Abstract: It has been demonstrated that Differential Evolution (DE) is a robust optimizer for aerodynamic design of fan blade profiles, but it can require 50,000 flow calculations to converge to a solution. As this is feasible with only the simplest aerodynamic model, accelerated convergence is required. This dissertation presents, as benchmarks, convergence rates for three design cases using Bezier parameterization of airfoils and optimizing with DE. These benchmark rates are accelerated in two ways. First, an improved solution space is provided by Bezier-PARSEC airfoil parameterization. To compare their representation abilities, Bezier and Bezier-PARSEC parameterizations are used to reproduce 63 disparate airfoils. Second, DE is modified in three different ways to provide improved convergence characteristics with the new parameterization: First, a new selection operator is introduced, variable birthrate, which can bias the search toward the most promising regions of the solution space; second, DE is hybridized with Downhill Simplex, a local search method; and third, DE is accelerated by an algorithm modeling the biological immune system. The most successful strategy is Hybridized Immune Accelerated DE. Using the new BP 3333 parameterization, the design algorithm converges within 10,000 flow calculations, four to ten times faster than the benchmarks.

Masters Theses, Students at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, 2004

Falk, Jacqueline L. “The Israelites’ Fear of God: An Investigation of ‘Fear of God’ Terminology in the Book of Deuteronomy.”

Neufeld, Garth W. “The Relationship Between God Image and Attachment in a Large University Sample.”

Redfern, Anthony H. “The Image of God in Peacemaking Training: Providing a Theological Reflection for Training in Conflict Management and Peacemaking.”

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 *.