Spring 2010 · Vol. 39 No. 1 · pp. 129–135 

Current Research

Vic Froese

Faculty Publications 2009


Brandt, Gareth. Under Construction: Reframing Men’s Spirituality. Waterloo, ON: Herald Press, 2009. [CBC]

Geddert, Tim. Covenant Communities: Joshua, Judges, Ezra, Nehemiah, Mark, 1, 2 Peter. Adult Bible Study, Fall 2009. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House, 2009. [MBBS]

*Geddert, Tim with Gertrud Geddert. Das sogenannte Alte Testament: Warum wir nicht darauf verzichten können. Schwarzenfeld: Neufeld-Verlag, 2009. [MBBS]

*Geddert, Tim with Vernon Klassen-Wiebe. Teachings on Community. Adult Bible Study for Spring 2010. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House, 2009. [MBBS]

Isaak, Jon, ed. The Old Testament in the Life of God’s People: Essays in Honor of Elmer A. Martens. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009. [MBBS]

Janzen, Rod. Paul Tschetter: The Story of a Hutterite Immigrant Leader, Pioneer, and Pastor. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2009. [FPU]

*Kyle, Richard and Dale Johnson. John Knox: An Introduction to His Life and Works. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009. [TC]

Molcar, Carol. Place Attachment and Spiritual Well-Being Across the Lifespan: The Importance of Place and Home to Quality of Life. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag, 2008. [CBC]

Sawatsky, Jarem. The Ethic of Traditional Communities and the Spirit of Healing Justice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009. [CMU]

Schultz, Brian. Conquering the World: The War Scroll (1QM) Reconsidered. Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah, 7. Leiden: Brill, 2009. [FPU]


Derksen, R.W. and *Tim Rogalsky. “Optimum Aerofoil Parameterization for Aerodynamic Design.” In Computer Aided Optimum Design in Engineering XI. Ed. S. Hernandez and C.A. Brebbia, 197–206. Southampton: WIT Press, 2009. [CMU]

Geddert, Tim. “God’s Design and the Church.” In The Old Testament in the Life of God’s People: Essays in Honor of Elmer A. Martens. Ed. Jon Isaak, 257–67. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009. [MBBS]

Gilbert, Pierre. “The Case of the Venus Flytrap: The Argument of the Book of Job.” In The Old Testament in the Life of God’s People. Essays in Honor of Elmer A. Martens. Ed. Jon Isaak, 173–92. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009. [CMU, MBBS]

Guenther, Bruce L. “Pentecostal Theological Education: A Case Study of Western Bible College (1925–1950).” In Canadian Pentecostalism: Transition and Transformation. Ed. Michael Wilkinson, 99–122. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009. [MBBS]

Huebner, Chris K. “Mennonitische Theologie: Die Zeit bedenken oder was von den Toten zu lernen ist.” Translated by Hans-Jürgen Goertz. Mennonitische Geschichtsblätter (2009). [CMU]

———. “The Work of Inheritance: Reflections on Receiving John Howard Yoder.” In Power and Practices: Engaging the Work of John Howard Yoder. Ed. Jeremy Bergen and Anthony Siegrest, 19–27. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2009. [CMU]

Jost, Lynn. “The Problem of Preaching the Old Testament.” In The Old Testament in the Life of God’s People: Essays in Honor of Elmer A. Martens. Ed. Jon Isaak, 87–101. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009. [MBBS]

Matties, Gordon H. “The Word Made Bitter: At the Table with Joshua, Buber, and Bakhtin.” In The Old Testament in the Life of God’s People: Essays in Honor of Elmer A. Martens. Ed. Jon Isaak, 307–32. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2009. [CMU]

Nickel, Eleanor. “Everything Was Contested: Teaching Print and Television Biographies of Willa Cather.” In Teaching the Works of Willa Cather. Ed. Steven Shively and Virgil Albertini, 245–55. Maryville, MO: Green Tower Press, 2009. [FPU]

———. “The Politics of Adaptation: Teaching R-Rated Films on a Christian Campus.” In The Word in the English Classroom: Best Practices of Faith Integration. Ed. Jamie Dessart and Brad Gambill, 225–40. Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2009. [FPU]

———. “The World Hasn’t Changed Very Much: Romantic Love in Film and Television Versions of Anne of Green Gables.” In 100 Years of Anne With an “E”: The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables. Ed. Holly Blackford, 105–21. Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Press, 2009. [FPU]

Sawatsky, Jarem. “A Shared Just Peace Ethic: Uncovering Restorative Values” in Mediation and Facilitation Training Manual. Fifth ed., 85–87. Akron: PA: MCC US Office on Justice and Peacebuilding, 2009. [CMU]

Schultz, Brian. “The War Scroll—the Literary Aspect.” In The Qumran Scrolls and Their World. Vol. 1. Ed. Menahem Kister, 321–40. Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi Press, 2009. [FPU]


*Brubacher, John L., and Erwin Huebner. “Development of Polarized Female Germline Cysts in the Polychaete.” Ophryotrocha labronica. Journal of Morphology 270 (April 2009): 413–29. [CMU]

Callahan, Donna. “ ‘One New Humanity’ and It is Getting Older . . . Crumbling Walls.” Pacific Journal 4 (2009): 39–40. [FPU]

Derksen, John. “Being Truly Christian in Times of Conflict.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, November 2009, 8–10. [CMU]

Dueck, Gil. “On Where God Lives, ‘Owies,’ and Second Work: Some Conversations of Theological Import with a Four-Year-Old.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, February 2009, 12. [BC]

Enns-Rempel, Kevin. “What Might Dirk Have Done?” Pacific Journal 4 (2009): 7–10. [FPU]

Friesen, Lynnette, *David Bruce Rose, and Brooke Denni. “Created for Connecting: Single Adults are Called to be Celibate but not Solo.” The Christian Leader, August/September 2009, 14–15. [MBBS]

Geddert, Tim. “Thinking about the Atonement.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, June 2009, 10–12. [MBBS]

———. “Thinking about the Atonement.” Christian Leader, Aug./Sept. 2009, 16–18. [MBBS]

———. “How to Memorize.” Christian Leader, February 2009, 18. [MBBS]

———. “The Use of Psalms in Mark.” Baptistic Theologies (Autumn 2009): 109–124. [MBBS]

———. “Taufe, Sündenvergebung und Ethik.” Mennonitisches Jahrbuch, 2010, 27–30. [MBBS]

———. “The Use of Psalms in Mark.” Direction 38 (fall 2009): 179–92. [MBBS]

Gilbert, Pierre. “The Bible’s DNA.” In “On the Legacy of Charles Darwin.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, April 2009, 17. [CMU, MBBS]

———. “A Case of Mad Pig Disease. Mark 5:1–20.” The Messenger, 7 October 2009, 8–9. [CMU, MBBS]

———. “Demons, Pigs and Hope.” Christian Leader, February 2009, 10–12. [CMU, MBBS]

———. “Église et justice sociale: un petit bémol.” Le Lien, September–October 2009, 10–11, 21. [CMU, MBBS]

———. “Escaping from Isolation.” The Messenger, 2 September 2009, 4–6. [CMU, MBBS]

———. “The Faithful Church: We Are Infectious.” The Messenger, 12 August 2009, 4–6. [CMU, MBBS]

———. “The Greatest Moment.” Christian Leader, April/May 2009, 12–14. [CMU, MBBS]

———. “I Shall Not Want?” Christian Leader, October/November 2009, 10–13. [CMU, MBBS]

———. “Rethinking the Simple Life. A Look at the Book of Daniel. The Messenger, 16 September 2009, 4–6. [CMU, MBBS]

———. “The Supremacy of Jesus.” Mennonite Brethren Herald, May 2009, 13. [CMU, MBBS]

Glanzer, Jules. “God, What Are You Doing?” Christian Leader, March 2009, 14–15. (TC)

Guenther, Bruce L. “ ‘From the Edge of Oblivion’: Reflections on Evangelical Protestant Denominational Historiography in Canada.” Historical Papers: Canadian Society of Church History (2008): 153–74. [MBBS]

Isaak, Jon. “New Testament Theology in the Tradition of John E. Toews.” Direction 38 (fall 2009): 151–62. [MBBS]

———. “Teaching Bible at a (Post)-Anabaptist Seminary.” Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network Newsletter 12 (spring 2009): 4–5. [MBBS]

Kobzeff, Suzanne D. “One Voice.” Pacific Journal 4 (2009): 25–29. [FPU]

Koop, Karl. “Dangers of Superabundance: Pieter Pietersz, Mennonites, and Greed during the Dutch Golden Age.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 27 (2009): 61–73. [CMU]

———. “Evangelical and Anabaptist: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Our Terminology.” The Messenger, 21 October 2009, 4–5. [CMU]

———. “Evangelicalism and Ethics in Historical Tension.” Canadian Mennonite, 5 October 2009, 4–8. [CMU]

———. “Whom Can You Trust?” Canadian Mennonite, 27 April 2009, 13. [CMU]

Neufeld, Tim. “Leading Through Listening: Discerning How God’s Spirit is Moving Among Your Students.” The Journal of Student Ministries (summer 2009). [FPU]

Nickel, Eleanor. “Living on Normal Avenue.” Pacific Journal 4 (2009): 30–32. [FPU]

Nisly, Hope. “The Black Box.” Pacific Journal 4 (2009): 33–35. [FPU]

———. “Anabaptism, Peacemaking, and the Study of History: Peter J. Klassen Reflects on His Life and Career.” California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin, no. 51 (2009): 5–8. [FPU]

Reimer, Julia. “No Man is an Island, Nor No Woman Neither.” Pacific Journal 4 (2009): 41–44. [FPU]

*Richmond, Timothy A., et al. “Quantitative Peptidomics Reveal Brain Peptide Signatures of Behavior.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Feb 17, 2009; 106(7): 2383–8. Epub 2009 Jan 28. (TC)

*Rose, David Bruce and Amy Stone. “The Great Depression.” The Christian Leader, January 2009, 12–14. [MBBS]

Seibel, Cory L. “It’s All About Me, Jesus: The Narcissistic Worship Leader.” Direction 38 (fall 2009): 246–53. [MBBS]

———. “Let It Shine.” Christian Leader, March 2009, 10–11. [MBBS]

———. “Plagiarism in the Pulpit: What Do We Do When Pastors Steal Sermons?” Christian Leader, December 2009/January 2010, 6. [MBBS]

Suvak, M. K., *Walling, S. M., Iverson, K. M. Taft, C. T., & Resick, P. A., “Multilevel Regression Analyses to Investigate the Relationship between Two Variables Over Time: Examining the Longitudinal Association between Intrusion and Avoidance.” Journal of Traumatic Stress (2009). [FPU]

Toews, Paul. “Peter Klassen: Mediating the Past to Shape the Future.” California Mennonite Historical Society Bulletin, no. 51 (2009): 1–4. [FPU]

Zerbe, Gordon. “Citizenship and Politics According to Philippians.” Direction 38 (fall 2009): 193–208. [CMU]


Cory L. Seibel, Intergenerational Reconciliation and Justice as Essential Dimensions of Missional Renewal in the Postmodern Transition. Doctor of Philosophy, Practical Theology. University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. Defended July 9, 2009. Graduated September 1, 2009. Research Promoter: Professor Malan Nel. Current position: Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministries, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary.

Abstract: As American society journeys through the postmodern transition, many churches are struggling to respond to cultural change within a fragmented generational context. The ineffectiveness of these churches in transmitting the Christian tradition to Gen Xers, the first postmodern generation, threatens their ability to sustain their witness through this period. This project advances the hypothesis that, if established churches are to sustain their witness through the postmodern transition, they must engage in a process of missional renewal that encompasses Generation X. When considered from both sociological and theological perspectives, this process must be seen as entailing a commitment to intergenerational reconciliation and justice. Theoretical foundations are explored for understanding the intergenerational praxis of the church in relation to the intergenerational praxis of society. Essential historical background is provided through explorations of the influence of modernity upon society and the influence of Christendom upon the church’s praxis. The emergence of social structures that separate the generations and their influence upon the praxis of the church also is explored. The complexities associated with the postmodern shift are important to the development of this study. Generation X is introduced as a cohort whose formative years closely approximate this period and who most fully bear the marks of its impact. Both the “marriage” of Christendom and modernity and the intergenerational dynamics of many established churches are shown to limit their ability to respond to postmodernism and, thus, to transmit their faith traditions effectively to Xers. Against this backdrop, the need for missional renewal is advanced. A case is made for the importance of including Xers in this process. In turn, intergenerational reconciliation and justice are shown to be integral dimensions of the renewal process. Finally, the “Missional Change Model” is introduced as a framework for renewal that enables the cultivation of intergenerational reconciliation and justice.

[Full dissertation manuscript is available for viewing online at]


Bedada Tulu, Bekele. “Pentecost: Understanding Acts 2 as Jewish Apocalyptic Narrative.”

Nilmeier, Richard. “Paul’s Slave Metaphor: Creating Connection for the Church in the United States.”

Regier, Matthew. “Faith as Policy for the People of God: *** in its Political and Eschatological Context in the Gospel of Mark and Paul’s Letter to the Romans.”

Zaracho, Rafael. “A Relational-Centered Understanding: Two Biblical Themes and Two Church Practices.”

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 (*).