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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Have You Had an Epiphany Moment Yet This New Year?

By Glen Taylor

Christians familiar with liturgical traditions will know that we are in the season of Epiphany, a period that focuses on Bible passages that disclose the fact that Jesus was divine. Yet for most of us, the word epiphany means having an “aha” moment, a time when we discover something that makes a huge difference in the way we look at things. So, which sense of the word epiphany is best?...

Mon, January 28, 2019

The Only Answer to Suffering by Ephraim Radner

The Only Answer to Suffering

By Ephraim Radner

I once heard a priest address a congregation with a question: “What is the complaint I hear most from parents?” Then he answered it by saying: “they lament the fact that their grown children have stopped going to church.”  The priest went on: “Do you know what I tell them? Pray to God that your children suffer more.” It was a shocking statement, and people audibly gasped when they heard...

Fri, January 18, 2019

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Episco-Paul: Was the Apostle Paul an Anglican?

By Terence Donaldson

Wycliffe's Lord and Lady Coggan Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Terence Donaldson, muses on a question that has long occupied the minds of scholars: was the Apostle Paul an Anglican? With tongue firmly in cheek, Prof. Donaldson examines the evidence below.

 

We have recently celebrated the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “Ninety-five Theses,” an event that marked a decisive step on the road to the Reformation. Luther’s criticisms of the...

Tue, January 15, 2019

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Put priority on Jesus by caring for those living in poverty

By Will Postma

Will Postma is an adjunct professor at Wycliffe College and the Executive Director at the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the humanitarian and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada. Having just come out of the Christmas season, when people’s thoughts readily turn to those living in poverty, Will’s blog is a reminder to be mindful of our poor brothers and sisters year round.

 

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Tue, January 08, 2019

Ruth Barlett

Christmas Reflections: A Strange Way to Save the World

By Ruth Barlett

Ruth Bartlett is the 2018-2019 Senior Student. She is in the MTSD and the MDiv combined-degree program.  She hopes to be ordained with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. 

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Passage for reflection: Luke 2:1-20

The Birth of Jesus
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor...

Mon, December 24, 2018

Ryan Smith

Advent Reflections: The Strangeness of Love in the Womb of Mary

By Ryan Smith

J. Ryan Smith is a transplanted prairie boy and a first year PhD student at Wycliffe College who studies divine violence in the Scriptures.

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Passage for reflection: Luke 2: 1 - 20 

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard...

Sat, December 22, 2018

Michelle Quach

Advent Reflections: Celebrating Him, not ourselves

By Michelle Quach

Michelle Quach is a 2nd-year MDIV Pioneer student on a leave of absence, taking care of her 6-week old son. Prior to being called to seminary, Michelle had a career in marketing and strategic management. Below is her reflection for the third week of Advent on the theme of joy.

 

Passage for reflection: Luke 3: 7-18

John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him,...

Sat, December 15, 2018

David Clark

Advent Reflections: Roadwork in Advent

By David Clark

 

The Rev. David Clark is a fourth-year PhD Candidate. His research focuses on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s interpretation of the Old Testament during the Nazi period, including the implications for post-Holocaust Jewish-Christian relations.

 

Passage for reflection: Luke 3: 1 - 6

The Proclamation of John the Baptist
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee,...

Sat, December 08, 2018

James Sholl

Advent Reflections: Jesus' perfect words

By James Sholl

 

James Sholl is a 3rd year MDiv Pioneer student. He loves Jesus, people, cooking, and board games--in that order. Below, he shares his reflection for the first week of Advent on the theme of hope, based on Luke 21:25-36.

 

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The Coming of the Son of Man

25 “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations...

Sat, December 01, 2018

Shaun Brown

Meet Wycliffe College’s first successful conjoint PhD graduate in Theological Studies

By Wycliffe College Blog

Shaun Christopher Brown will go down in the history books as Wycliffe College’s first successful conjoint PhD graduate in Theological Studies. His dissertation was entitled The Israel of God: Scripture, Ecclesiology, and Ecumenism in the Theology of George Lindbeck. Shaun is from the United States, and currently living in Amherst, NY.

 

Q: You began your studies in the ThD program in 2014, and bridged to the PhD. Why did you...

Tue, November 27, 2018