The Wycliffe Blog - Vestigia Dei

Vestigia Dei  – is a Latin term meaning “traces of God.” As a theological term it is associated with natural theology – that is, the view that there are vestiges of God within creation. We’ve chosen this term as the title of the Wycliffe College blog because our hope is that through these writings, readers might glimpse evidences for God as our writers interact with the wider world. 

John Newton Stain Glass Window (credit: Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada)

The call to ministry: some eighteenth century advice

By Thomas Power

You may be familiar with Rev. John Newton (1725-1807) as the author of the famous hymn, Amazing Grace. What you may not know is that he came to have an important ministry as a spiritual director, primarily through letter writing. Many people wrote to him for advice and he replied giving counsel and direction on a variety of matters, such as grace, temptation, evil, Christian character, vanity, sin, and sorrow....

Mon, November 04, 2019

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By Mark Elliot

“Providence” sounds such a heavy word. Portentous. If someone uses it a lot in conversation, we might think of them as self-important and smug, as if they are claiming that God is on their side.

But the first appearance in Scripture of the idea that the word providence conveys is as early as Genesis 22 when Abraham assures Isaac (with trembling voice and faith, I think we may safely assume)...

Mon, October 28, 2019

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On being awarded the Brother Jeffrey Gros Memorial Student Prize

By Charles Meeks

Wycliffe College PhD student Charles Meeks reflects on being awarded the Brother Jeffrey Gros Memorial Student Prize.

I was fortunate enough to be one of the winners of the Brother Jeffrey Gros Memorial Student Prize for the North American Academy of Ecumenists’ (NAAE) annual conference that took place in Montreal this year. I was especially delighted because I had never reckoned my work to be particularly Ecumenical, in...

Mon, October 21, 2019

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God is in the details: further thoughts on theological interpretation of Scripture

By Joseph Mangina

In a recent post on this blog (September 17), my colleague Peter Robinson set forth a basic explanation of the theological interpretation of Scripture, often referred to as TIS. In that article, he made some crucial points. The theological interpreter approaches the text not from a neutral perspective, but from a standpoint of engagement, honouring Scripture as God’s living Word. She reads the Bible as a coherent story centred on...

Mon, October 14, 2019

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The optimism of Ecclesiastes

By Chris Seitz

My wife and I live in a small village—a hamlet—in rural France, and as in all the villages around us, we have an ancient parish church, with its strong bells regulating life. The painting “The Angelus” shows peasants with heads lowered in a field. They are our neighbours. We live in the rectory of the village, amidst vast fields, and the bells lift themselves and sound forth just next door.


Mon, October 07, 2019

Judy Paulsen

My Journey with Jesus: A Symphony in Five Movements

By Judy Paulsen

It began in my childhood home in northwest India. My father was a Canadian Anglican priest who, after serving as a padre during the horrors of the Second World War, went to minister to a leper colony and small Anglican parish in the foothills of the Himalayas. My mother was an Australian Methodist obstetrical nurse from Melbourne. They met in language school, and together they served in northwest India for...

Mon, September 30, 2019

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Theological Interpretation of Scripture: “not a method but a mode”

By Peter Robinson

“The soul watered by sacred Scripture grows fat and bears fruit in due season, which is the orthodox faith, and so is it adorned with its evergreen leaves, with actions pleasing to God, I mean.” – John of Damascus (The Orthodox Faith, 4:17) as quoted in Psalms 1–50 by C.A. Blaising and C. S. Hardin.


During much of the modern era, there has been a proliferation of techniques...

Mon, September 23, 2019

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On being a parent and a student at the same time

By Annette Brownlee

I remember a Wycliffe student of several years ago who organized her life so she could be both a student and parent and spouse. She was the mother of two elementary school-aged boys. In the morning she or her husband would drop their sons at their school, then she’d get on the subway and arrive at Wycliffe in time for Morning Prayer. (Morning Prayer is a daily worship service of...

Mon, September 16, 2019

Stephen Andrews Profile

3 ways seminary will change you for the better

By Stephen Andrews

At Wycliffe’s recent Theology Pub Night on August 30, I was gratified when someone asked me if I was a student at Wycliffe College. I am often mistaken for a younger person, which I think I owe to my genes, but which my wife suspects may also have something to do with my behaviour. The hard-to-believe truth, however, is that this month marks the fortieth year since I...

Mon, September 09, 2019

Patrick Tanhuanco & his wife May Yuchenkang

Alumni Profile: Patrick Tanhuanco: Pastor, Principal in the Philippines

By Wycliffe College Blog

“[Wycliffe] College has balanced change with tradition, the building itself reminding faculty, trustees and students alike that they did not start Wycliffe, that each new generation stands on the shoulders of all who have been there before, that to become part of the College is to be received into a historic community, not to form it anew.” – Reginald Stackhouse in The Way Forward: A History of Wycliffe College, Toronto,...

Wed, August 07, 2019