Spring 2007 · Vol. 36 No. 1 · pp. 119–24 

Current Research

Douglas B. Miller

Faculty Publications, 2006


Baker, Mark, ed. Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross: Contemporary Images of Atonement. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006. [MBBS]

Bystrom, Raymond. Preaching Biblical Sermons: Three Contemporary Strategies. Winnipeg, MB, and Hillsboro, KS: Kindred, 2006. [MBBS]

Huebner, Chris K. A Precarious Peace: Yoderian Explorations on Theology, Knowledge, and Identity. Scottdale, PA: Herald, 2006. [CMU]

Isaak, Jon. God Is One and God Is Fair: Studies in Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Luminaire Series. Winnipeg, MB: Kindred, 2006. [MBBS]

Koop, Karl, ed., Confessions of Faith in the Anabaptist Tradition 1527-1660. Classics of the Radical Reformation, vol. 11. Kitchener, ON: Pandora, 2006. [CMU]

Kyle, Richard. Evangelicalism: An Americanized Christianity. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publications of Rutgers University, 2006. [TC]

Shillington, V. George. An Introduction to the Study of Luke/Acts. T & T Clark Approaches to Biblical Studies Series. London/New York: T & T Clark, 2006. [CMU]

Chapters in Books

Rogalsky, Tim. “Good News for the Poor: Social Justice Is Part of Our Evangelical Heritage.” In Follow Me: Exploring More of Our Calling as Christians, 12-16. Steinbach, MB: Evangelical Mennonite Conference, 2006. [CMU]

Zerbe, Gordon. “Economic Justice and Non-retaliation in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Implications for New Testament Interpretation.” In Jesus and the Origins of Christianity. The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls, vol. 3. Ed. James H. Charlesworth, 319-55. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2006. [CMU]

———. “The Wisdom of the Cross and the Knowledge of Our Age.” In Higher Learning and the Wisdom of the Cross. Mennonite University Faculty Conference Presentations, 5-18. Goshen, IN: Mennonite Education Agency, 2006. [CMU]


Bergen, Abe. “Engaging Youth in Mission.” Leader (Spring 2006): 7-9. [CMU]

Brandt, Gareth. “Transformation: Becoming Who We Were Created to Be.” The Messenger, 5 July 2006, 4-6. [CBC]

Buckland, Jerry. “International Obstacles to Rural Development: How Neoliberal Policies Constrain Competitive Markets and Sustainable Agriculture.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies 27/1 (2006). [CMU]

Cantwell, Linda S. “Creating the Teaching and Learning Environment You’ve Always Dreamed Of.” Educational Horizons 84 (Spring 2006): 161-69. [TC]

Doerksen, Paul. “Hope Without Eschatology?” Direction 35, no. 2 (2006): 253-60. [CMU]

Dyck, Paul. “ ‘So Rare a Use’: Scissors, Reading, and Devotion at Little Gidding.” The George Herbert Journal 27/1,2 (Fall 2003/Spring 2004): 67-81. [CMU]

Epp-Tiessen, Dan. “1 Kings 19: The Renewal of Elijah.” Direction 35, no. 1 (2006): 33-43. [CMU]

Esau, Ken. “Divine Deception in the Exodus Event?” Direction 35, no. 1 (2006): 4-17. [CBC]

Faber, David. “Discerning the Scandal and Its Depth.” Direction 35, no. 2 (2006): 209-21. [TC]

Froese, Brian. “Compassion and Culture: Southeast Asian Refugees and California Mennonites.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 24 (2006): 129-48. [CMU]

Froese, Vic. “The Purpose-Driven Life: A Review Essay.” Direction 35, no. 1 (2006): 154-61. [CMU]

Geddert, Tim. “Das Lukasevangelium,” an 8-part study series for the Brücke and another series by the same title for Mennonitische Rundschau, 2006. [MBBS]

Gilbert, Pierre. “Christian, Evangelical, Anabaptist—All of the Above.” The Messenger, September 2006. [CMU]

______ . “The Function of Imprecation in Israel’s Eighth-Century Prophets.” Direction 35, no. 1 (2006): 44-58. [CMU]

______ . “A Theology for Hopeless People in Hopeless Places.” The Messenger, 11 January 2006, 4-6. [CMU]

______ . “Welcome to the Complex Life.” Christian Leader, July 2006, 16-18. [CMU]

______ . “Welcome to the Complex Life.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, 1 September 2006, 8-9. [CMU]

______ . “What Does It Mean to Be a Christian?” Christian Leader, April 2006, 16-18. [CMU]

______ . “What Does It Really Mean to Be a Christian?” The Messenger, 8 February 2006, 4-6. [CMU]

Guenther, Bruce L. “Evangelicalism Within Mennonite Historiography: The Decline of Anabaptism or a Path Towards Dynamic Ecumenism?” Journal of Mennonite Studies 24 (2006): 35-53. [MBBS]

———. “Osler Mission Chapel (1974-1994): The Convergence of Old Colony Mennonites with Evangelical Protestantism in 20th-Century Canadian Society.” Occasional Papers: Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan (2006): 1-37. [MBBS]

Isaak, Jon. “The Biblical Witness/Invitation to an Alternative World: A Reading Strategy for the Journey.” Direction 35, no. 2 (2006): 222-34. [MBBS]

Jost, Lynn. “Psalm 33, America, and Empire.” Direction 35, no. 1 (2006): 70-81. [TC]

Klager, Andrew. “Passive Sacramentalism and Ontological Soteriology in Hans Denck and Gregory of Nyssa.” Direction 35, no. 2 (2006): 268-78. [CBC]

Klassen, Randy. “ ‘Ezer and Exodus.” Direction 35, no. 1 (2006): 18-32. [BC]

Martens, Elmer A. “Allen Guenther, the Scholar.” Direction 35, no. 1 (2006): 91-94. [MBBS]

———. “Impulses to Global Mission in Isaiah.” Direction 35, no. 1 (2006): 59-69. [MBBS]

Matties, Gordon. “Pursuing Coherence and Conviction in Christian University Education.” Canadian Mennonite, 23 January 2006, 6-7. Also published at [CMU]

Rempel, Ruth. “ ‘Not a Cloth Giver’: Entitlement, Hunger, and Illicit Transfers on the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, 1886-1890.” International Journal of African Historical Studies 38, no. 3 (2005): 1-51. [CMU]

Rempel, Ruth. “Our Countless Victories.” Geez 2 (2006): 76. [CMU]

Rogalsky, Tim. “Blaise Pascal: Mathematician, Mystic, Disciple.” Journal of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences (June 2006). Also available at [CMU]

Snyder, Anna. “Fostering Transnational Dialogue: Lessons Learned from Women Peace Activists.” Globalizations 3, no. 1 (2006): 31-48. [CMU]

Stobbe, Stephanie. “Cross-Cultural Experiences of Laotian Refugees and Mennonite Sponsors in British Columbia and Manitoba.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 24 (2006): 111-128. [CMU]

———. How to Deal with an Office Bully. SMART Connections Magazine, February 2006, 12. [CMU]

Yamasaki, Gary. “Point of View in a Gospel Story: What Difference Does It Make? Luke 19:1-10 as a Test Case.” Journal of Biblical Literature 125/1 (2006): 89-105. [CBC]

Musical Recording

Boschman, Nelson. Unexpected. CD MJCCD2005. Mennonite Jazz Committee. 2005. [CBC]

Doctoral Dissertations

Bartlett, Rick. “A Seven-Strand Cord: Braiding Together Leadership Development for Mid-Adolescents.” Doctor of Ministry, Leadership in the Emerging Culture. Newberg, Oregon: George Fox University, 2006. Advisor: R. Larry Shelton. Current Position: Dean of Students and Constituency Relations, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, California.

This project has an underlying assumption that the emerging culture will be radically different from life in the present-day. Given this assumption, leadership development programs for mid-adolescents that emphasize “business as usual” methods will not be able to adequately prepare young people for leadership in this new paradigm. Therefore, this document proposes a new approach. This strategy is based on a metaphor of the “rope walk”—braiding together a seven-strand cord of leadership development as a nonsequential, easily-reproducible strategy for churches to prepare current teenagers for leadership in the emerging culture.

Doerksen, Paul. “Beyond Suspicion: Post-Christendom Protestant Political Theology in the Thought of John Howard Yoder and Oliver O’Donovan.” Doctor of Philosophy, Western Religious Thought, with a focus in theological ethics. Hamilton, Ontario: McMaster University, 2006. Advisor: P. Travis Kroeker. Current Position: Part-time teacher at Mennonite Brethren Collegiate (Biblical studies, history); sessional lecturer at Canadian Mennonite University, University of Manitoba.

The modern era includes a two-fold tradition of radical suspicion: the suspicion that politicians corrupt morality, and that politics is corrupted by theology. However, such a view has been challenged in recent theological thought which seeks to move beyond such suspicion to recover a constructive role for political theology. By pursuing a critical comparison of the political theologies of John Howard Yoder and Oliver O’Donovan, my thesis shows how post-Christendom Protestant political theology has attempted to move beyond such suspicion without putting forward some hidden attempt to reassert a contemporary version of Christendom.

O’Donovan’s political theology, written from within the British Anglican tradition, is a bold project in which he attempts to push back the horizons of commonplace secularist politics and open it up theologically, a move that he believes will offer crucial resources for thinking about justice and the common good. A related response is presented by Yoder who, as an American Mennonite, represents Anabaptism. From this more marginal ecclesial location, Yoder’s thought stands both as a challenge to regnant liberal notions of the relation of church and state, and as an important interlocutor for O’Donovan’s political theology. Yoder argues that political theology entails a particular kind of focus on the church, where the very shape of the church in the world is a public witness for the world, and not first of all withdrawal from the world.

My critical comparison brings to view areas of significant convergence and divergence in understandings of the Hebrew Scriptures as well as the New Testament. O’Donovan’s and Yoder’s respective interpretations of Christendom are also fundamentally divergent, as are their views on the legitimacy of the use of force by government, clearly seen in O’Donovan’s support of the Just War Tradition and Yoder’s promotion of Messianic pacifism.

Master’s Theses: Students at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, 2006

Geddert, Jennica Willems. “Transforming Organized Religion.”

Suderman, Alex. “The Truth of the Cross: The Motif of Truth in John’s Gospel.”

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 *.