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. 


The Voice of the Old Testament

By Christopher Seitz

One of my goals in college was to get the grades necessary to apply to a top law school. I happened to take a course in Old Testament and the Professor asked me to stay on and be a teaching assistant. In my junior year, he was preaching in Charlotte NC and had a heart attack (he was mid-sixties). I went to the funeral and afterward his widow asked me...

Mon, December 14, 2020

Meditations from the Pen of Mrs. Maria W. Stewart

Why the Lives of Historical Black Women Preachers Matter

By Marion Taylor

Early African American women dared to preach and call for personal and societal change. These heroes of faith inspire us and need to be remembered. We stand on their shoulders as we continue to battle over questions of gender, race, and biblical interpretation. African American abolitionist, moral reformer, and educator Maria W. Stewart (1803-1879) is one of those heroes. Stewart dared to heed God’s voice in calling for individual and...

Mon, December 07, 2020

Three Wise Men from the East. Part of the mosaic on the left wall of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare-Nuovo. Ravenna, Italy

People, Look East!

By Catherine Sider Hamilton

People, look east! The time is near

Of the crowning of the year.

Make your house fair as you are able

Trim the hearth and set the table.

People, look east and sing today

Love, the guest, is on the way. (Common Praise, 91)


It has become my family’s favourite Advent carol. Every year we look forward to singing it; always we have to sing it on the first...

Fri, November 27, 2020


Six Gifts from St. Benedict’s Rule for living in the time of Covid

By Annette Brownlee

I am in the middle of reading St. Benedict’s Rule with my 30 students in the first year MDiv course at Wycliffe called, “Life Together: Living the Christian Faith in Community.” We have come to the fun part of this portion of the class. First, students read the Rule straight through and shared their impressions. Many are skeptical. It’s really old, written for monks and nuns (not evangelical Protestants) and...

Mon, November 23, 2020

The globe (photo credit: Kyle Glenn, Unsplash)

The nations eye each other up

By Mark Elliott

The term “the Canadian model” has been thrown around in recent weeks as British Government negotiators seek the best “divorce settlement” deal they can get, in preparation for the UK to leave the European union. The EU has been criticised for not being ready to treat the UK as “just like Canada” with whom the EU has a preferential tariff-light trade arrangement. Are we not closer to Europe than Canada,...

Mon, November 09, 2020


Address the Sin and be Plenished by the Well

By Axel Kazadi

Born in the Congo and raised in Zambia and New Brunswick before moving to Toronto, Axel Kazadi is a ThM graduate of 2018 and current PhD student at Wycliffe College. He works also as Assistant Professor of Bible & Theology at Kingswood University. In addition to his academic pursuits, Axel served as a youth and young adult pastor at Milliken Wesleyan Methodist Church in Markham, Ontario from 2015-2020.

The twofold question I have been contemplating is:...

Mon, November 09, 2020

Toronto's cityscape reflected in a side mirror of a car (photo credit: Daniel Novykov - Unsplash)

A New Age of the Spirit

By Ephraim Radner

The ventilator may well come to be one of the sorrowful symbols of the time of the Virus. We will associate it, as even now we do, with intense suffering, loss, and even death. The root of “ventilator” is the Latin ventus, which means “wind” or “breath.” When our breath is under threat, we are filled with enormous fear. As a child I suffered from asthma, and on more than...

Mon, November 02, 2020

Archangel Gabrielf struck dumb Zachariah, painting by  Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, 1824

The Joy of Interruption

By Tom Power

Many people in ministry and others could sympathize with the declaration of Rev. John Newton (1725-1807), author of the famous hymn, Amazing Grace, that he had:

“seldom one hour free from interruption, letters that must he answered, visitants [visitors] that must be received, [and] business that must be attended to. I have a good many sheep and lambs to look after, sick and afflicted souls dear to the...

Mon, October 26, 2020

Wycliffe College MDiv student Jonathan Kang and his family at the lakeside

Reflection and Encouragement from a First Year Wycliffe Student

By Yong-Sung Jonathan Kang

We invited Jonathan Kang, a first-year Wycliffe College MDiv student, to share his thoughts on what it is like to start seminary during a global pandemic, and to offer a word of encouragement to fellow students.

It feels disingenuous, and even presumptuous, to write to a community that I (as yet) only see through a glass, darkly. Literally, through a monitor in my basement. Nevertheless, if that dim perception is...

Mon, October 26, 2020

Bread and Chalice (photo credit: James Coleman, Unsplash)

Cup of Blessing: On Missing the Chalice at Communion

By Joseph Mangina

One of the sure signs of “Covid-tide” in Anglican churches is the absence of the common cup at Holy Communion. The priest partakes of both the bread and wine, while the congregation receives the bread only. It’s a commonsensical public health measure, regrettable, no doubt, but absolutely necessary under the circumstances.

But it raises an interesting question. If you receive only the bread of the Eucharist, are you “getting” only...

Mon, October 19, 2020