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. 

Walking the Unknown

By Christa Hesselink

I love the story in the Bible of when Peter decides to get out of the boat and walks to meet Jesus, who had walked out to the middle of a lake.

While we’re not entirely sure what got into Peter in the middle of that stormy night, we know he was desperate to join Jesus on the water.

Have you ever wondered why?

I’d like...

Mon, April 24, 2017

What does "community" mean to you?

By Karine White

Karine White lives in residence at Wycliffe College, and blogs below on her experience of community here. She is a graduate of the Diploma in Operatic Performance Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, where she is currently on faculty as a movement instructor. Karine can be seen and heard performing in various events and productions in the city, as well as in other parts...

Tue, April 18, 2017

Fleming Rutledge

The “Living Significance” of Jesus’ Death

Interview by Patricia Paddey // Photo by Paul Patterson

 

Having spent twenty-two years in parish ministry, Fleming Rutledge travels internationally, preaching, teaching, and teaching preachers. An award-winning author, her most recent book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, has been acclaimed by Christianity Today as the 2017 Book of the Year. In February, she delivered the keynote address at Wycliffe College’s Preaching Day. Below, she talks about...

Thu, April 13, 2017

Pursuing achievement that really matters

By Ken Shigematsu

 

I have always felt pressure to achieve. Even though I’ve been out of school for a long time now, I still have nightmares about being a student and being completely unprepared for a French or math exam. And I still feel pressure to perform during crucial moments, just as I did when I played competitive basketball.

That pressure followed me into my work for...

Thu, April 06, 2017

What Do I Do with Theological Education?

By Jonathan Clemens, Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator

Like many students I see in the Admissions office, I came to seminary not really sure where my studies would take me. I thought there were probably two options: be ordained or go on to further study. I have gone on to further study, but I have also learned that ministry doesn’t just look like what I thought it did, coming in....

Thu, March 30, 2017

Interview with Fleming Rutledge: Preaching - With Protein and Power

Interview with Fleming Rutledge by Patricia Paddey // Photo by Paul Patterson

Having spent twenty-two years in parish ministry, Fleming Rutledge travels internationally, preaching, teaching, and teaching preachers. An award-winning author, her most recent book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, has been acclaimed by Christianity Today as the 2017 Book of the Year. Last week,...

Mon, March 06, 2017

He wrote the book on urban ministry

By Brian Walsh

He wrote the book that has been the standard in urban ministry for fifteen years, and now Mark Gornik is coming to Wycliffe College.

Known as a biblical theologian, urban ministry practitioner, innovator in seminary education, church planter, and theological ethnographer, Gornik cut his missional teeth in the New Song Community in the depressed Sandtown neighbourhood of Baltimore. Out of that experience came his...

Mon, February 27, 2017

Six Reasons to Come to the Institute of Evangelism Dinner

By Judy Paulsen, Professor of Evangelism

  1. You’ll hear how God is breathing vibrant new life into one of the historic Anglican churches of downtown Montreal, from the Rev. Graham Singh, rector of St. Jax.
  2. You’ll be the first to meet our new Mentor Team; people with the skills and experience to help churches across Canada take real steps to better share their faith.
  3. You’ll see a new workbook now
  4. ...

Thu, February 23, 2017

Women at Wycliffe

By Amanda MacInnis-Hackney

If a picture is truly “worth a thousand words,” take a moment to reflect on what this image is saying. The women in this photograph were inspired to capture and preserve the moment because they realized it would speak volumes.

It all started with a random observation of the mix of students in the Academic Graduate Degree study room. On...

Tue, February 14, 2017

Charles Lewis

Why we should all care about euthanasia

By Charles Lewis

(Photo credit: Salt & Light TV)

Canada has had legalized euthanasia since June of last year. From that point to mid-December 2016, our doctors killed 744 Canadians. Notice I use the word “killed.” I refuse to use the meaningless “death with dignity” or the truly ridiculous “medical aid in dying.”

The first term implies that those who die at the hands of a physician are somehow more dignified than those...

Tue, February 07, 2017