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. 

Of Safety, Serious Consideration, and Sober Thoughts

Professor Wanda Malcolm with students at the Alexandria School of Theology in Cairo, Egypt. From left to right are: Rev. Emad Basilios, Mario Nagy, Amir Samy, Wanda Malcolm, Peter Awad, and Rev. Osama Fathy. Together they studied The Place of Forgiveness at Home, in the Church, and in Our Communities.


By Wanda Malcolm


Since returning home from Cairo Egypt, I’ve been asked again and...

Tue, June 27, 2017

"Naked" Preaching

Guest post by Robert Dean

If you clicked on the title hoping to hear more about the phenomenon sweeping across a Virginia nudist resort, I’m sorry to tell you that you’re going to be disappointed.  (And no, I didn’t make that example up, although “phenomenon” might be a bit of an overstatement!)  Nor does this post have anything to do with the “Naked Chef”...

Thu, June 22, 2017

World Refugee Day - group photo

Refugees: neighbours, friends, children of God

By Jenn McIntyre

Romero House is home to a vibrant community, made up of refugees, staff, volunteers, and neighbours. The photo at left depicts members of the Romero House community at their Easter Sunrise Service.



“Now, I know kids grow quickly and go through a lot of clothes,” I said. “You are welcome to come down and get clothing anytime.” I was standing in the Romero House boutique with our...

Tue, June 20, 2017

 Learning the Bible with Langham

John Stott - a (previously untold) story

By Peter Robinson

By Peter Robinson

Langham Partnership Canada exists to equip the next generation of Bible teachers.


The name John Stott has always been significant in my family. Not only because of his vital role in shaping evangelical Anglicanism in the 20th century but also because my father served his curacy [a term as an assistant to a parish priest] under John. Uncle John, as he liked to be...

Thu, June 01, 2017

Scholars build bridges

Interview by Patricia Paddey 

The Building Bridges Seminar is an annual event that brings together prominent Christian and Muslim scholars for intensive discussion and study. It was developed as a direct response to the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States. According to the Berkley Centre“The annual seminars … have explored a number of the most significant themes in the interface between Islam and Christianity.” Last month, Wycliffe...

Thu, May 25, 2017

Raising children as a village effort

By Chantelle Scruggs

To mark the Global Day of Parents, the Wycliffe blog invited Chantelle Scruggs to write for us about what it's been like for her and her husband Lane - Wycliffe's residence don - to parent here. Chantelle and Lane, together with their three little ones are pictured at left. The children are, from left, Elise (11 months), Hudson (5) and Cadence (3).


We arrived...

Thu, May 25, 2017

What is it like to do a PhD?

By Ian Vaillancourt

What is it like to do a PhD? Perhaps the best person of whom to ask such a question is someone who is just wrapping up the long, sometimes stressful, always challenging process. Ian Vaillancourt (pictured at far left with his thesis supervisor, Glen Taylor) is one such person. As a Wycliffe student, he successfully completed his PhD thesis defence, titled The Multifaceted Portrayal of the Figure of Salvation in...

Tue, May 23, 2017

Making room for families

By Marion Taylor - with input from Glen and their kids

The world this week celebrated the International Day of Families. According to the United Nations, this year’s observance focused “on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members.” It seems appropriate, then, to share this story.  


Wycliffe College has always made room for families, and...

Tue, May 16, 2017

Truth as the anchor

By Bishop Jenny Andison 

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell.

In an age of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” telling the truth in clear and winsome ways has never been more important.  It is with this in mind that I am grateful for the education that I received at Wycliffe College.  I started studying for my Master of Divinity at Wycliffe—with boyfriend...

Mon, May 08, 2017

When past and present come together

By Patricia Paddey


Jane Hodgins (left) and Judy Anderson (right) stand beneath the portrait of their great-grandfather, Dyson Hague, in the Cody Library at Wycliffe College.



It’s not every day that one has the opportunity to hear history brought to life, or to see the past and the present come together in a deeply meaningful way. But I did.

It started with a remark left on a...

Tue, May 02, 2017