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. 

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Wine Before Breakfast: Joy in a Minor Key

Wine Before Breakfast. It is a compelling, curiosity-raising name for a Christian community that gathers weekly at Wycliffe College each Tuesday morning (at 7:22 a.m.) throughout the academic year. Led by Brian Walsh, Wine Before Breakfast features rich liturgy, creative music, provocative preaching, and the celebration of communion. Breakfast of home baking, preserves, juice, and organic fair-traded coffee follows in the chaplain’s office. Brian offers a taste of the...

Wed, September 05, 2018

A flight of parsons book cover

A Flight of Parsons: The Divinity Diaspora of Trinity College Dublin

Wycliffe College’s own Thomas Power is celebrating the release of his latest book, A Flight of Parsons: The Divinity Diaspora of Trinity College Dublin. As the editor, Power brings together the work of scholars from Canada, England, Australia, and Ireland to examine the experience of Irish Anglicans in the nineteenth century. The book pays particular attention to clergy who were graduates of Trinity College, Dublin (TCD),...

Thu, August 30, 2018

Brian C Stiller

An interview with Wycliffe College alumnus, Brian C. Stiller

By Patricia Paddey

Wycliffe College Alumnus Brian C. Stiller (W '75, M.Rel.) has been one of this country’s most prominent evangelical leaders, having served terms as President of: Youth for Christ (Canada), the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and Tyndale University College & Seminary. Since 2011 he has held the position of Global Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance, a global alliance serving some 600 million evangelical Christians. 

Tue, August 07, 2018

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

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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