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. 

On being a shepherd

The following blog originated as part of a sermon preached by Wycliffe’s Professor of Pastoral Theology Marilyn Draper during an ordination service.

We hear a lot about “shepherd leadership” in the church these days. As we approach the end of the semester – a time when many students are looking ahead to leaving their seminary studies behind in order to head into full-time ministry, it seems a good...

Tue, April 03, 2018

Bishop Mark MacDonald standing beside a drum

Contending with the past to build a better future: Q&A with Principal Stephen Andrews

By Stephen Andrews

As Canadians continue to grapple with the legacy of the residential schools, denominations, churches and seminaries across the country are considering what it means to live into the Calls to Action coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Many of those Calls will have implications for ministry and mission now and in the coming generations, with some specifically referencing seminaries.

On Friday, March 9, 2018, Wycliffe Principal Stephen...

Thu, March 15, 2018

Billy Graham

By John Bowen

We knew it would happen one day, that a headline would appear announcing “The Death of Billy Graham.” But the fact that we knew it would come makes the event no less sad. It is the end of an era. Billy Graham defined evangelism, and indeed much of evangelicalism, for the second half of the twentieth century.

His preaching was heard by more people than...

Wed, February 28, 2018

On Chinese New Year

Chandra Wim (“Wim”) is a Chinese Indonesian student in his sixth year of study at Wycliffe. He started in the Master of Theology program in 2012 and is now working on the dissertation for his Doctor of Theology. His research focuses on Asian biblical interpretation and explores how Asian theologians and preachers interpret Scripture. He hopes to graduate in 2019. On the eve of Chinese New Year, Wim took a few...

Thu, February 15, 2018

Ann Jervis

Sex and Sin

By Ann Jervis

Sex and Sin have a long history together. 

Being a scholar of the apostle Paul, I have purposely capitalized the word Sin. Paul understands Sin as both a power greater than our individual sins and as the reason for our individual sins. In Paul’s thought constellation, Sin targets everything good about God’s creation, including sexuality. Sin’s project is the destruction of God’s good gifts in order to divide people from...

Tue, February 06, 2018

Reflections of Noh Bo Academy, Thailand, Summer 2017

Joan Morris is a third-year MDiv student at Wycliffe College. She retired after a lengthy career in the financial services industry, and says she is now “realizing her calling to the service of God.” As part of her program’s internship requirements, she applied for an international summer placement and travelled to a remote area of Thailand (in the summer of 2017) to teach English and the Bible at a small...

Tue, January 30, 2018

Portrait of George Lindbeck

George A. Lindbeck, 1923-2018

By Wycliffe College Blog

Some of us are fortunate to have one or more teachers in our lives whose influence on us is significant and memorable.  In this blog post, Wycliffe Professor of Systematic Theology, Joseph Mangina writes about one  of his own such teachers, professor George A. Lindbeck.


While a student at Yale Divinity School in the late 1970’s, I took a required course on the history of medieval and...

Tue, January 23, 2018

A tool for flourishing ministry - the Wellness Project

Q&A with Wanda Malcolm

The Wellness Project @ Wycliffe aims to assist those—of all denominations—who engage in Christian ministry to gain a deeper understanding of their job-related stresses, and of the things that help them flourish in ministry. A long-term study and assessment tool, the Project is about better understanding the ups and downs of ministry life. Initiated by Wycliffe Professor of Pastoral Psychology, Wanda Malcolm, the Project launched...

Tue, January 16, 2018

Hope for a threatened world

By Ann Jervis

A recent magazine article offers reasons why Donald Trump is President Trump.

The author’s thesis is that America has given way to magical thinking, a willingness to believe, which in his view, precludes thinking and reason. He analyzes such thinking on the parts of the political and cultural left and right. Locating the roots of the left’s anti-rationalism in the 60’s,...

Tue, January 09, 2018

The anguish of mental illness

By Ephraim Radner

Scripture knows about mental illness and its anguish. The great David, God’s anointed, agonized under the emotional dissolution of his mentor Saul—anger, paranoia, melancholy, self-hatred. David’s life was disrupted and even endangered as a result over many years. But most importantly, David lost in Saul’s illness one of his most beloved protectors and a home in which he had come to find friendship and encouragement....

Tue, December 05, 2017