Spring 2009 · Vol. 38 No. 1 · pp. 122–129 

Current Research

Vic Froese

Faculty Publications 2008


*Born, Bryan, Thomas Oduro, Hennie Pretorius, and Stan Nussbaum. Mission in an African Way. Christian Literature Fund: Wellington, RSA, 2008. [CBC]

*Claassen, Ron, and Roxanne Claassen. Discipline That Restores: Strategies to Create Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility in the Classroom. Charleston, SC: BookSurge, 2008. [FPU]

Geddert, Timothy J. All Right Now: Finding Consensus on Ethical Questions. Scottdale, PA: Herald, 2008. [MBBS]

Gilbert, Pierre. Demons, Lies and Shadows. A Plea for a Return to Text and Reason. Winnipeg: Kindred, 2008. [CMU, MBBS]

Johnston, Pamela Delia. The Military Consilium in Republican Rome. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2008. [FPU]

Muvingi, Ismael. Oil, Diamonds and Human Rights in the Marketplace: Campaigning to Stop the Capitalization of Sudanese Oil Development and the International Trade in Conflict Diamonds. VDM Verlag, 2008. [CMU]

Redekop, Paul. Changing Paradigms: Punishment and Restorative Discipline. Waterloo, ON; Scottdale, PA: Herald, 2008. [CMU]

Savin, A.I., comp., and *Paul Toews, ed. Ethno-Confession in the Soviet State: Mennonites in Siberia, 1920–1989: Annotated List of Archival Documents. Fresno, CA: Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, in cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, 2008. [FPU]

Sawatsky, Jarem. Justpeace Ethics: A Guide to Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2008. [CMU]

Sorensen, Sue, ed. West of Eden: Essays on Canadian Prairie Literature. Winnipeg: CMU Press, 2008. [CMU]

Yamasaki, Gary. Watching a Biblical Narrative: Point of View in Biblical Exegesis. New York: Trinity Press International, 2007. [CBC]


Crozier, Karen D. “Reimagining the Spirit of Children: A Christian Pedagogical Vision.” In Nurturing Children’s Spirituality: Christian Perspectives and Best Practices. Ed. H. Allen, 341–54. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2008. [FPU]

Enns-Rempel, Kevin. “The Eucalyptus in California.” In Architecture, Ethnicity and Historic Landscapes of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Ed. Karana Hattersley-Drayton, et al., 36–37. Fresno, CA: City of Fresno Planning and Development Department, 2008. [FPU]

———. “The City of Fresno: A Brief History of its Growth and Development.” In Architecture, Ethnicity and Historic Landscapes of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Ed. Karana Hattersley-Drayton, et al., 42–47. Fresno, CA: City of Fresno Planning and Development Department, 2008. [FPU]

Guenther, Bruce L. “Ethnicity and Evangelical Protestants in Canada.” In Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada. Ed. Paul Bramadat and David Seljak, 365–414. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008. [MBBS]

Kostlevy, William, “A.C. Wieand, Keswick Spirituality and the Continued Legacy of Brethren Beliefs in the Twentieth Century.” In Lines, Places, and Heritage: Essays Commemorating the 300th Anniversary of the Church of the Brethren. Ed. Steve Longenecker and Jeff Bach, 223–32. Bridgewater, VA: Penobscot, 2008. [TC]

*Ruth-Heffelbower, Duane, and Mario Thomas Gaboury. “Victim-Offender Programs in Correctional Settings: Can They Effectively Bridge Divergent Perspectives?” In Controversies in Victimology, 2nd ed. Ed. Laura J. Moriarty, 133–46. Cincinnati: Anderson, 2008. [FPU]

Snyder, Anna. “Gender Relations and Conflict Transformation Among Refugees.” In The Handbook of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Ed. Dennis Sandole, Sean Byrne, Ingrid Sandole-Staroste, and Jessica Senehi, 45–58. Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2009. [CMU]

*Snyder, Anna and Brian Rice. “Reconciliation in the Context of a Settler Society: Healing the Legacy of Colonialism in Canada.” In From Truth to Reconciliation: Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools. Ed. Marlene Castellano, Linda Archibald, and Mike Degagné, 43–63. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2008. [CMU]


Baker, Mark D. “Systematic Theology.” In Global Dictionary of Theology. Ed. William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, 864–66. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008. [MBBS]

*Baker, Mark D., and C.C. Le Bruyns. “Salvation.” In Global Dictionary of Theology. Ed. William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, 778–89. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008. [MBBS]

Bergter, Annette, *John L. Brubacher, and Achim Paululat. “Muscle Formation During Embryogenesis of the Polychaete Ophryotrocha Diadema (Dorvilleidae)—New Insights into Annelid Muscle Patterns.” Frontiers in Zoology 5 (2008): 1 (18 pp.). [CMU]

Born, Bryan. “Do You Believe in Miracles or God?” Mennonite Brethren Herald, November 2008, 8–10. [CBC]

Brandt, Gareth. “Strange Bedfellows: Anabaptism and the Emergent Church.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, October 2008, 11–12. [CBC]

Crozier, Karen D. “Black Liberation Theology: What does Obama’s Former Church Really Believe?” The Messianic Times 18 (2008): 1. [FPU]

———. “The Luminous Darkness of Du Bois’ Double-Consciousness: Through the Lens of Contemporary Christian Women.” Journal of Pastoral Psychology 57 (2008): 77–88. [FPU]

Dunn, Larry. “Beyond Iraq: King’s Message for Today.” The Fresno Bee, 15 January 2008. [FPU]

Dyck, Paul. “ ‘A New Kind of Printing’: Cutting and Pasting a Book for a King at Little Gidding.” The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 9 (September 2008): 306–30. [CMU]

*Dyck, Paul, and Stuart Williams. “Toward an Electronic Edition of an Early Modern Assembled Book.” Computing Humanities Working Papers (June 2008): A44. [CMU]

Enns-Rempel, Kevin. “Churches That Died on the Vine: Short-lived California Mennonite Congregations.” California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin no. 49 (Summer 2008): 1–5. [FPU]

———. “Relief Sales: Doing Good, Having Fun.” Mennonite Weekly Review, 14 April 2008, 6. [FPU]

Epp, Delmar. “I’m a Soul, Man: One Psychologist’s Reflection on Human Nature.” Direction 37 (fall 2008): 201–14. [CMU]

Epp-Tiessen, Dan. “Resurrection of the Body or Immortality of the Soul? Some Personal Reflections.” Direction 37 (fall 2008): 223–27. [CMU]

Friesen, Ken Martens. “The Silver Bullet Syndrome and the Future of Energy Alternatives.” Pacific Journal 3 (2008): 53–74. [FPU]

Friesen, Will. “Religion and Development Ethics: Contradiction or Possibility?” Pacific Journal 3 (2008): 75–84. [FPU]

Froese, Vic. “Body and Soul: A Selected Annotated Bibliography.” Direction 37 (fall 2008): 243–47. [CMU]

———. “Learning and Faith: A Select Classified Bibliography.” Direction 37 (spring 2008): 138–42. [CMU]

Funk-Unrau, Neil. “The Re-Negotiation of Social Relations Through Public Apologies to Canadian Aboriginal Peoples.” Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change 29 (2008): 1–19. [CMU]

Geddert, Timothy J. “Memorizing Mark.” Christian Leader, July 2008, 15–17. [MBBS]

———. “Nordamerika, Europa und der Rest der Welt.” In Wandeln—sich verwandeln: Mennonitisches Jahrbuch 2008, 209–11. Lahr, 2008. [MBBS]

*Geddert, Timothy J. with Ryan Schellenberg. “Apocalyptic.” In Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus. Ed. Craig Evans, 11–15. New York: Routledge, 2008. [MBBS]

———. “Peace.” In Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus. Ed. Craig Evans, 450–51. New York: Routledge, 2008. [MBBS]

Gilbert, Pierre. “Infinitely More Than Animals: Made in the Image of God.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, December 2008, 10–11. [CMU, MBBS]

———. “Spiritual Warfare.” In Global Dictionary of Theology. Ed. William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, 847–51. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008. [CMU, MBBS]

Guenther, Bruce L. “Life in a Muddy World: Reflections on Denominationalism.” Touch Magazine (fall/winter 2008): 8–9. [MBBS]

———. “Mark Noll, ‘What Happened to Christian Canada?’: A Response from an Anabaptist Perspective.” Church and Faith Trends 2 (October 2008). [MBBS]

*Jost, Lynn, and Arthur Dück. “Humbly Discerning Together: Why International Theological Reflection is So Important.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, April 2008, 9–10. [MBBS]

Kinnison, Quentin P. “The Social Trinity and the Southwest: Toward a Local Theology in the Borderlands.” Perspectives in Religious Studies: Journal of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion 35 (fall 2008): 261–81. [FPU]

———. “Recapture Values that Reflect God” Baptist Center for Ethics, 2008. <> [FPU]

Kunz, Michael. “The Roles of Philosophical Analysis and Religious Conviction in the Climate Change Debate.” Pacific Journal 3 (2008): 35–52. [FPU]

Nickel, Eleanor. “Submitting to a Higher Authority.” Bakersfield Californian, 7 January 2008. [FPU]

Peachey, Dean E. “Teaching Within and Between Two Worlds.” Direction 37 (spring 2008): 111–21. [CMU]

Rawls, Richard. “Fault Lines and Praxis: Natural Evil and the Modern Split Between Natural and Moral Evils.” Pacific Journal 3 (2008): 17–34. [FPU]

Rogalsky, Tim. “Distinctively Christian Mathematical Instruction: A Hopeful Imagination.” Direction 37 (spring 2008): 71–81. [CMU]

Ruth-Heffelbower, Duane. “Pit Bulls, Bad Knees and Neighborliness: What Price Personal Safety?” The Christian Leader, March 2008, 10. [FPU]

Sawatsky, Jarem. “Rethinking Restorative Justice: When the Geographies of Crime and of Healing Justice Matter.” Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies 39, nos. 1–2 (2007): 75–93. [CMU]

Schultz, Brian. “Israel Eco.” Pacific Journal 3 (2008): 109–110. [FPU]

Seibel, Cory. “God’s Possible Mission.” Christian Leader, October 2008, 11–12. [MBBS]

Sorensen, Sue. “Ian McEwan’s Saturday: The Pre/Post-Modern Novel.” Academic Exchange Quarterly 12 (spring 2008): 51–55. [CMU]

———. “No Particular Glamour: The Weakerthans.” Geez (fall 2008): 82–85. [CMU]

———. “Why I No Longer Apologize for Reading with Faith.” Direction 37 (spring 2008): 82–90. [CMU]

Unger, Walter. “Thinking Clearly About the Holy Spirit: What Do Mennonite Brethren Believe?” Mennonite Brethren Herald, March 2008, 10–11. [CBC]

Voth, Gay Lynn. “The ‘Word’ in Deed: Mennonite Brethren Attitudes Toward Faith and Learning.” Direction 37 (spring 2008): 7–18. [CBC]

Yuen, Jenna L., Scott A. Read, *John L. Brubacher, Aditi D. Singh, and Steven Whyard. “Biolistics for High-throughput Transformation and RNA Interference in Drosophila Melanogaster.” Fly 2 (Sept/Oct 2008): 247–54. [CMU]

Zerbe, Gordon. “Paul on the Human Being as a ‘Psychic Body’: Neither Dualist nor Monist.” Direction 37 (fall 2008): 168–84. [CMU]


O’Regan, Tarik: Threshold of Night. Conspirare, Company of Strings (Dieter Wulfhorst, cello; Susan Doering, violin), Craig Hella Johnson, director. Harmonia Mundi USA, 2008. [FPU]

Saul, Walter. From Alpha To Omega: Prelude And Fugue X. Arrangement for concert band. Portland, OR: Tarsus Music, 2008. [FPU]

———. A Gaelic Blessing. Arrangement for voice and piano. Portland, OR: Tarsus Music, 2008. [FPU]

———. Praise The Lord In The Dance. For violin and violoncello. Portland, OR: Tarsus Music, 2008. [FPU]

———. A Sonnet For Daphne. For piano and voice. Portland, OR: Tarsus Music, 2008. [FPU]


Kinnison, Quentin P. “Pastoral Leadership in Transitioning Communities: Congregational Praxis as Interpretive Leadership.” Doctor of Philosophy, Theology–Practical. Fuller Theological Seminary, 2008. Advisor: Mark Lau Branson. Current position: Contemporary Christian Ministries faculty, Fresno Pacific University.

Abstract: This dissertation considers the intersection of change leadership and intercultural church life toward the goal of helping pastors move from authoritarian leadership to communal discernment. It begins by asking such questions as: how can pastors lead homogeneous congregations to embrace intercultural life in the midst of a multicultural community? Why do pastors seem to be unable to successfully lead cultural change in congregations? Investigating expert systems and cultural influences on churches located in the Southwestern U.S., specifically focusing on Southern Baptist churches, this dissertation develops a practical theological approach to pastoral leadership that embraces communal leadership. This approach utilizes conflict as an opportunity for engaging positive change through communal praxis informed by “education for connation,” Appreciative Inquiry, and missional exploration of God’s reign toward a desired goal of intercultural church life.

Muvingi, Ismael. “Actualizing Human Rights Norms in Distanced Spaces: An Analysis of the Campaign to Eliminate Conflict Diamonds and the Capital Market Sanctions (Sudan) Campaigns in the United States.” Doctor of Philosophy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution. George Mason University, 2008. Advisor: Agnieszka Paczynska. Current Position: Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies, Menno Simons College, Canadian Mennonite University.

Abstract: In the late 1990s and early 2000s, social justice activists in the United States initiated two coalition based campaigns aimed at ameliorating the violence associated with extractive industries in Angola, Sierra Leone and Sudan. The ideological diversity, the disparate interests of the coalition participants and the spatial distance of the violence from the mobilized constituents, were intriguing puzzles. Part of this dissertation is an exploration of how it is that these widely diverse actors were able to collaborate and successfully run the campaigns despite their significant differences. I advance the argument that diversity of ideological subscription is no bar to coalition work in campaigns because a strategic basis for operationalization enables collaboration across ideological and interest differences.

Extant scholarship on social movements is predominantly state centric, but in these two cases the violators of human rights were other than states, i.e., corporations, rebels and warlords that operated across state boundaries, and they were enabled in their operations by the free market. To better encapsulate the range of available structural opportunities, I utilized a tripartite opportunity structure framework for analysis. I delineated institutional, discursive and geo-political opportunity structures rather than just political opportunity structures.

Looking at institutional opportunity structures allowed me to go beyond the state for the arena within which change takes place. The discursive frame reflects the dynamic nature of social change. The efforts of the activists through the framing of their messages as well as their mobilizing efforts were met by the counter frames of the targets and mediated by the prevailing context. Rather than simply a unidirectional frame activity from the activists, I wanted to capture the competing nature of the framing processes in the public sphere. Thirdly, although the campaigns took place during the same historical time space and were instigated by the same phenomenon of violence in extractive industries, they had divergent trajectories and different outcomes. Economic and strategic interests were clearly the over-riding imperatives for industry and the US government. Activists capitalized on that and so geopolitical opportunity structure served to complete the analytical framework.


Heppner, Carl. “The Ecclesiological Deficiency of Democratic Practice in Congregational Churches.”

Thiessen, Derek. “The Birth of the Savior: Situating Luke 2:1–20 in its Lukan and Greco-Roman Contexts.”

Tiessen, Nathan. “The Detail of Clothing in the Old Testament: Investigating Its Meaning and Role in Narrative.”

This bibliography includes publications of faculty and students of schools that 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)
Tabor College (TC)

In cases of multiple authorship, the author of interest is marked with an asterisk (*).