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. 

Laura Vander Velden

Post PhD: Work in multiple disciplines

Laura Vander Velden is anticipating a Fall defence of her doctoral dissertation (titled: After Barth: Stanley Hauerwas’s Reception of Karl Barth’s Theology as a Test Case in Modern Theological “Method”) after wrapping up work on a PhD at Wycliffe College. Her future appears certain: she has already secured a position as Assistant Professor in Counselling Psychology at Providence Theological Seminary.

Q: What will you be teaching at Providence?

Thu, July 26, 2018

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Culture is not optional

By Brian J. Walsh

The Theology of Culture course is all about exploring the relationship between faith and culture from the perspective of worldview analysis. The class will meet here at Wycliffe College on Monday evenings throughout the coming fall semester.  In this blog post, Adjunct Professor of Theology of Culture, Brian J. Walsh writes that "culture is not optional," that human beings are "culture formers" because we are created in the...

Tue, July 17, 2018

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Being the Earth Creature

Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat is an expert on biblical faith and creation care, sustainable living, and radical discipleship. An Adjunct Professor here at Wycliffe College, this fall she will be teaching "Creation, Food, and Land: Biblical Faith, Current Crisis" Tuesday afternoons from 2 - 5 p.m. If you've ever wondered about Creation care, and how that fits into a life of faith, consider enrolling in Dr. Keesmaat's course this fall....

Thu, July 12, 2018

Witthaya Phuttharaksa

Witthaya Phuttharaksa, Wycliffe PhD student, Langham Scholar

By Wycliffe College Blog

Witthaya Phuttharaksa is a PhD student at Wycliffe College, Toronto and a Langham Scholar. Now entering his second year of New Testament studies, his eventual goal is to help strengthen the Church in his homeland of Thailand.
“I come from Thailand, a country with a 95-percent Buddhist population and a less than one percent Christian population,” says Witthaya. “I was born into a Christian family and my parents are faithful...

Thu, July 05, 2018

Jose Luis Avendano

Signs of God’s unmerited grace

Throughout its history, Wycliffe College has provided theological education to students from many countries, but those who have hailed from South America have been few and far between.

This month, Chilean Jose Luis Avendano, (pictured) will defend his dissertation on “Luther’s Theology of the Cross as a Response to the Mystery of Human Suffering and Evil.” His defence will be the final stage in the seven-year-long process of earning his...

Thu, June 21, 2018

Harriet Livermore

In support of women preaching

By Marion Taylor

Wycliffe College Professor of Old Testament and Graduate Director Marion Taylor presented a paper at the annual meeting of The Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA) in Regina on May 27, 2018. Marion, who is a past-president of CATA, titled her paper, “Nineteenth-century Women Wrestling with Pauline Texts,” and highlighted part of her research on women’s writings on Paul for a book she and Wycliffe professor ...

Tue, June 05, 2018

Ephraim Radner - Is Christ Relevant to Politics - Photo by Arturo Castaneyra on Unsplash

Of theology and politics

Sound theology isn't just important for pastors, priests and professors. "It's important for every Christian's every concern - including political ones," according to this article in Faith Today magazine.

With a provincial election looming in Ontario, it is timely to revisit this interview with Wycliffe Professor of Historical Theology, Ephraim Radner, excerpted below. 

How can theology inform our political thinking and engagement?...

Tue, May 29, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - By Mark Jones [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

When Harry marries Meghan

All the world’s abuzz with talk of this weekend’s royal wedding. For Christians, a wedding ceremony is a sacred celebration that includes promises that a couple makes before God. Meghan and Harry are both members of the Church of England, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and one of the expressions of the Christian faith. Peter Robinson (PR) Professor of Proclamation, Worship and Ministry here at Wycliffe College, sheds...

Thu, May 17, 2018

Preaching Jesus Christ Today by Annette Brownlee

Preaching Jesus Christ Today

By Wycliffe College

Preaching Jesus Christ Today: Six Questions for Moving from Scripture to Sermon (Baker Academic, April 2018) is the newest book from Wycliffe College Chaplain and Professor of Pastoral Theology Annette Brownlee. The book approaches preaching as both a theological practice and a spiritual discipline. Stanley Hauerwas says, "I cannot imagine a better book for teaching seminarians not only the ‘what’ but also the ‘how’ of preaching." Annette (AB) responds to...

Mon, May 07, 2018

The Rev. Earl Gerber

Alumni Spotlight - The Rev Earl Gerber

By The Rev. Earl Gerber

The Rev. Earl Gerber (Wycliffe '53) shares with us his joy and sorrow, and God's abiding grace since graduating from Wycliffe College.

It was sixty-five years ago next month that I graduated from Wycliffe (April 30, 1953.) The College will always have a special spot in my memory and affection. Although officially "retired" in June 1994 I am still active in St. Andrew here in Alliston. I preach once a...

Tue, May 01, 2018