2014 Issue

Letter from the Editor

June Hetzel

June Hetzel (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)

June Hetzel, Ph.D., earned her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. She currently serves as the Dean of Education at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Dr. Hetzel has served in public, private, homeschooling, and international educational settings. She is passionate about the role of the Christian educator to live a Spirit-led life in right relationship with God and others, and the centrality of the gospel message as the central hope of all educational endeavors.

Justice, The Gospel, and People with Disabilities

David W. Anderson

David W. Anderson (Crossing Bridges, Inc.; Woodinvillle, Washington, United States)

David W. Anderson (BA, Gordon College; MEd, Temple University; EdD, Univ of North Dakota; Certificate in Theological Studies, Bethel Seminary) is Emeritus Professor of Education at Bethel University, St. Paul, MN. He has authored articles and given presentations at globally related to special education or disability ministry, most recently Toward a Theology of Special Education: Integrating Faith and Practice (WestBow Press).  He is President of Crossing Bridges Inc., whose mission is to bring light and hope to people with disabilities and their families in developing nations.

Helping the Poor and Needy Through Education: Examining the Similarities Between Poverty Education Research and Orphan Education

Calvin Roso

Calvin Roso (Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States)

Taking the Good News to the far reaches of the world is Dr. Calvin Roso's (EdD Oral Roberts University) passion.  For the past summers, he has traveled with teenagers to Latin American countries where they have delivered rice, beans, and the gospel to the poverty stricken people in cities and mountain villages. Dr. Roso has been involved in Christian education since the early 1990s, active in the professional development of Christian educators through the International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA), an organization associated with ORU. In addition, he has published several teachers' guides and numerous articles regarding curriculum and instruction.

An Introduction to the Twisselmann and Draycott Articles

Tim Stranske

Tim Stranske (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)

Tim Stranske (BA Biola University, PhD Claremont Graduate University) was born and Khartoum, Sudan, raised and educated in the 50’s and 60’s, and has a heart for Africans.  After spending 28 years as a teacher and administrator in preschool-12 schools, Tim began working at Biola University full-time in 2003.  He teaches educational psychology and philosophy of education at Biola University and serves as the Assistant Dean of their School of Education.

Truth, Justice or the American Way?

Eric Twisselmann

Eric Twisselmann (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)

Eric Twisselmann earned his BA in English at Biola University ('95) and his MA in the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology (2003). Eric has taught high school for the last 16 years at La Serna High School in Whittier, where he teaches English literature and philosophy. He has also taught philosophy as an adjunct lecturer at Biola University for the past 10 years. He and his wife Mandi (Biola class of '97) live in La Mirada and are the proud parents of 4 beautiful children. They are active members of Grace EV Free Church in La Mirada.

The American Way to Choose Ice Cream

Andy Draycott

Andy Draycott (Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, California, United States)

The reality of being known and loved by God in Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, and being bound into creaturely fellowship sustained by the hope of eternal life, fuels Dr. Draycott's (PhD, University of Aberdeen) delight in teaching theology under the authority of Scripture. He comes to Biola having taught Christian Ethics and Theology of Mission in Aberdeen, Scotland.  He is passionate about understanding church life and especially preaching as engaged publically for the glory of God and the mission of his Kingdom. Teaching undergraduates across the whole range of disciplines at Biola is a providentially appointed setting for theology that loves the diversity of callings, gifts and mutual ministry in the church.  Dr. Draycott enjoys time with his family, laughing with friends, cycling and playing soccer, watching cricket and rugby, and reading for pleasure and learning.

Book Review: Jesus for Revolutionaries (Robert Chao Romero)

Natalie M. Anna

Natalie M. Anna (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)

Natalie M. Anna (BA Biola University) is a current Biola University student, working on her MAEd with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction. Her research interests lie in elementary education, intercultural studies, social justice, parent engagement, and bridging the gap for underprivileged students. She is passionate about being a Christ-following teacher in the public school setting. A southern California native, she has travelled in India and is currently studying in Vienna, Austria.

Natalie M. Anna

Robert Chao Romero (University of California, Los Angeles; Los Angeles, California, United States)

Professor Robert Chao Romero considers himself fortunate to be able to study himself for a living. With a Mexican father from Chihuahua and a Chinese immigrant mother from Hubei in central China, Romero’s dual cultural heritage serves as the basis for his academic studies.  His research examines Asian immigration to Latin America, as well as the large population of “Asian-Latinos” in the United States. His first book, The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940 (2010), tells the forgotten history of the Chinese community in Mexico. For his next project, Romero has begun research on the history of Mexican segregation in the United States and the important, but much overlooked Mexican desegregation cases of Doss v. Bernal (1943), Lopez v. Seccombe (1944), and Mendez v. Westminster (1946). Before he joined the UCLA César E. Chávez Department Chicana/o Studies in 2005, Romero was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCLA Department of History and School of Law.  He is also a former Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellow. Romero received his J. D. from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Latin American history from UCLA.

Book Review: Transformation of the Different Other (Faustin Ntamushobora)

Kay Henry

Kay Henry (Biola University, La Mirada, California, United States)

Kay is office manager at Biola University’s School of Education and is presently pursuing her Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies at Biola University.  She is passionate about celebrating diversity and new beginnings since her walk with Jesus began at age 38.  She grew up in rural Nebraska and holds a bachelor’s degree from Doane College (Crete, Nebraska).  Kay moved to Los Angeles as a single mom of three in her early twenties.  Kay's research interests include issues of race and ethnicity, challenges faced by multiracial families, and learning about the theology of Ubuntu as it relates to the importance of community.

Natalie M. Anna

Faustin Ntamushobora (Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya)

Trained by his father to be a tribal priest, Faustin became a follower of Christ after witnessing the transformation of his mother into a woman of extreme grace by Jesus Christ. His faith and that of his wife, Salome, were further deepened in Christian colleges in Congo, Rwanda and Kenya. Their faith was intensely refined during the genocide of 1994 and afterward when they lost relatives in the war in Congo in 1997. Surprising opportunities arose for Faustin to serve with African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM) which led ultimately to him earning a Ph.D. in Educational Studies at Biola University in California  and to found Transforming Leaders Africa (tlafrica.com), which exists to come alongside African pastors to encourage their personal transformation and to provide tools for them to encourage the transformation of brothers and sisters in their churches.. Faustin and Salome’s four children are all pursuing higher education: Pelagie earned a BA at Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya; Jean Pierre studies at Moody Bible Institute; Jean Paul has been accepted to the University of Texas, Arlington (UTA); Gentille studies nursing in Forth Worth, Texas.

 

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