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. 

Sculpture of Jesus on the cross. Photo by Thuong Do on Unsplash

To be close to Christ’s death: the knowledge of love

By Ann Jervis

Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this publicly, but I don’t understand why Christ died. I am confident that I know the reason for it: sin’s hold on humanity. But, how Christ’s death changed that—about that, I am not so sure. This admission may be especially awkward given that I have spent my adult life studying the New Testament writer whose words have been the foundation for some of the most influential...

Tue, April 16, 2019

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Remembering the Dead: Of Christ’s Death and Our Own

By Joseph Mangina

I enjoy visiting old graveyards. I like to wander around, reading the tombstones, taking note of the dates and places of birth, the biblical verses and sentimental poetry.

Last summer my wife and I were walking through an Episcopal churchyard in Cooperstown, New York, where we stumbled on a particular grave from the 1830s. The tombstone gave the woman’s name and her dates, and then the inscription: “She had her...

Mon, April 08, 2019

Little girl wearing future leader t-shirt

Some rules on developing leaders in and for the church

By Peter Robinson

Chris Wright, a biblical scholar and the International Ministries Director of Langham Partnership, has suggested that the great commission in Matthew 28:19, 20 is not so much a mandate to go to the far corners of the earth as it is about making disciples and baptizing wherever we are. Chris is not downplaying an emphasis on missions. In fact, his argument is that we should be involved in mission wherever...

Tue, March 26, 2019

Dorothy Day in 1916. Public domain. Wikimedia Commons

Dorothy Day: “Gloriously different” sainthood

By David Kupp

With World Writers Day having been celebrated earlier this month, and World Book Day (as declared by the United Nations) coming up on April 3, it seems a fitting time to revisit the story of 20th century journalist, author, and social activist Dorothy Day.

 

 “How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been;

how gloriously different are...

Fri, March 22, 2019

Holding hands - Photo by Matheus Ferrero on Unsplash

Why it’s never too late to study theology: ministry at a deathbed

By Judy Paulsen

I was asked to write a blog on the topic, “Why it’s never too late to study theology.”  It seemed like a nice, safe topic that wouldn’t require too much of me in what is a busy part of the academic term. But the more I thought about it the more I realized this nice, safe topic would be best understood sideways, through a pastoral situation that demonstrates why the...

Mon, March 18, 2019

Mary Dyer preaching

Three Women from history who might change your thinking about women preaching

By Marion Taylor

Paul’s words to the Corinthians—that women should keep silent in the churches—have traditionally been understood as prohibiting women from preaching, speaking, and teaching in church. But this interpretation of 1 Corinthians 14:34 has been challenged throughout history by women who struggled to understand how Paul could command women’s silence in Corinth, when both the Old and New Testaments—and even 1 Corinthians itself—provided many examples of women proclaiming God’s word, preaching,...

Mon, March 11, 2019

Bus with sorry sign

How to make a good apology

By Wanda Malcolm

I divide my professional life between teaching at Wycliffe College and working as a clinical psychologist in private practice. The latter means that I often spend time with people who are trying to make sense of why someone they love has been hurtful to them. I also spend time with people who are trying to make sense of their own hurtful behaviour. Sooner or later, such...

Mon, March 04, 2019

George Sumner

10 Things Every Theological Student Ought to Know

By George Sumner

1. Let your superiors advise you.

Whether your superior is a bishop, a moderator, a superintendent or other denominational head, there can be a certain wariness between students and the people who will be deciding (or speaking into) their futures. But denominational leaders are generally happy to have students who are preparing for pastoral ministry share their questions, struggles, and concerns. Allow these relationships to become relationships of conversation and...

Mon, February 25, 2019

Wrinkled Hand holding the Bible - Photo by Raul Petri on Unsplash

Questions on aging worthy of reflection

By Annette Brownlee

Two years ago, my husband, Ephraim, and I were proud parents at our son’s graduation from university. The afternoon before the graduation ceremony there was a baccalaureate service in the chapel of his school. Seating was limited; each graduate could only invite a few people. Not surprisingly the Chapel was packed with parents, grandparents, and a few siblings.

The keynote speaker was a professor. She spoke of the usual kinds...

Mon, February 11, 2019

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On Seeing Christ in the Psalms

By Glen Taylor

My family and I live in a Victorian house in downtown Toronto. One of the things that drew us to buy this old home was the entrance, which consists of two nicely sculpted wooden doors with stained glass panels that make up the upper half of each door.

The first door is attractive, but mostly utilitarian; it has aesthetic features, but mostly it just keeps out old man winter. The...

Mon, February 04, 2019