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. 

Thankful sign

The One to whom we give thanks matters

By Andrew Witt

As our American neighbours prepare to launch their festive season with Thanksgiving celebrations later this week, Adjunct Professor Andrew Witt, an American, shares some of the history surrounding his country's traditions, and concludes with a reminder that knowing the One to whom we give thanks matters. 

As an American living in Canada, I am fortunate to be able to commemorate two seasons of Thanksgiving. There is one in October...

Tue, November 20, 2018

Open hand by Billy Pasco

When bad things happen to good people

By Judy Paulsen

A vulnerable senior loses their life savings to a fraudulent telemarketing scheme. A young mother gets cancer. Innocent lives are lost to a crazed gunman, or a drunk driver, or in a plane crash. We seem to hear about such tragedies almost every day. But how are people of faith to make sense of them? As Wycliffe Professor of Evangelism Judy Paulsen writes, making sense begins with asking the right question....

Wed, November 07, 2018

World War I Commemorative plaque

Why it’s important to know Christian history

By Thomas Power

People today know less about history than previous generations did, writes Wycliffe College's Adjunct Professor of Church History and Theological Librarian, Thomas Power, and that is to our detriment. As we prepare to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of World War I, Dr. Power's blog - in which he argues that ignoring the past can have terrible repercussions -  is worthy of our reflection. (Note: the photo illustrating this post is of...

Tue, November 06, 2018

John Bertone

"It wasn't easy! Hurdles I overcame on the road to my Ph.D."

By John A. Bertone

Wycliffe’s Ph.D. program trains candidates to carry out innovative research. Graduates go on to teach in universities, liberal arts colleges, and theological schools. They are also equipped for positions of leadership in ecclesiastical and related organizations, or for academically enhanced ministerial practice. But in addition to the practical learning and training that happens at Wycliffe, graduates comment on the impact the College had on their spiritual development, and the support and community they...

Tue, October 30, 2018

Bishop Mwita Akiri

The Prosperity Gospel: Its theology, challenges, and opportunities

By Mwita Akiri

Mwita Akiri is Bishop of Tarime, Tanzania and Research Professor of Missiology and African History here at Wycliffe College. On Wednesday, October 31, 2018, he will deliver the Sadleir Annual Lecture - on what has become known as "The Prosperity Gospel" - at 3:00 p.m. in the College’s Reading Room. 

 

Challenges presented by the movement known as “the prosperity gospel,” offer opportunities for churches today.

The prosperity gospel and...

Tue, October 23, 2018

By Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz) [CC BY-SA 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Canadians, poverty and prophets

By David Kupp

The United Nations has declared today, Wednesday, October 17th, as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Professor of Pastoral Theology, David Kupp, blogs on this timely subject below.

October 17th is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  If Canadians were under the scrutiny of ancient Hebrew and Christian prophetic voices, would you and I pass their poverty tests? 

Do not deprive the resident...

Wed, October 17, 2018

Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash

Take it off the top: identify what feeds your work, and do that first

By Terry Donaldson

Wycliffe Professor Terry Donaldson has been teaching since 1982, so he knows a thing or two about the profession. And he's learned valuable lessons about how to organize his professional life so that there is time for the most life-giving activities - which in his case - includes research and writing. He shares his insights on how to do exactly that, in this week's blog....

Tue, October 16, 2018

Pearce J. Carefoote

A Confusion of Printers: The Role of Print in the English Reformation

Ours is the era of round the clock news. It is also a time during which it is becoming increasingly challenging to discern legitimate facts from "fake news" as social media and search engines deliver up stories for reader consumption that algorithms determine we want to see. But as Rev. Dr Pearce J. Carefoote (pictured), Head of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University...

Tue, October 09, 2018

Man reading newspaper by Roman Kraft

Good news for A-Types and B-Types

Chapel season at Wycliffe College is in full swing. This fall, faculty are preaching a sermon series around the theme of "The visible shape of Christ's life in us." Recently, Wycliffe's Principal, Stephen Andrews, preached a sermon in which he offered both hope and cautions for the "proud but insecure" A-Type personalities among us. That sermon is excerpted below.

 

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Tue, October 02, 2018

Radical Vocation Conference 2018 - Photo Credit: Sonya Lawley

Reflections on RADVO

By Orvin Lao

The Radical Vocation Conference has bolstered my excitement towards Anglican priesthood. It has further enriched my discernment towards priestly vocation and affirmed my convictions, desires, and hopes as I journey towards my call.

I was deeply encouraged to be among many like-minded people who gathered to explore the theme of priestly vocation. The plenary sessions highlighted few of the key aspects of priestly ministry: pastoral care, preaching,...

Wed, September 26, 2018