Past Pub Nights

Virtual Theology Pub Nights

With the advent of the covid-19 virus Wycliffe moved its Theology Pub Nights online.

April 30, 2021

February 26, 2021

January 29, 2021

November 27, 2020

October 27, 2020

September 25, 2020

June 19, 2020

June 5, 2020

  • Topic: Coping with COVID​: the Mental Health Challenges
  • Guests: Wanda Malcolm (professor of pastoral psychology at Wycliffe and a practicing clinical psychologist) and Michael Paré (a physician psychotherapist)
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April 17, 2020

  • Topic: Mental Wellness During the Global Pandemic: Myths and Strategies
  • Guests: Wanda Malcolm (professor of pastoral psychology at Wycliffe and a practicing clinical psychologist) and Michael Paré (a physician psychotherapist)
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March 29, 2020

  • Topic: The End of Religion
  • Guests: Stephen Chester (Lord and Lady Coggan Professor of New Testament) and Bruxy Cavey (senior pastor at The Meeting House)
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February 2020 - Denis Lamoureux       Listen   
Science and Religion: A History of Conflict?

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Denis presented a unique perspective that moves us past the evolution vs creation debate to a place where both ideologies can exist together.

January 2020 - Marion Taylor and Kira Moolman       Listen   
Breaking Silence - The Grandmothers We Never Knew We Had

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We were excited to host Professor Marion Taylor and PhD candidate Kira Moolman to discuss forgotten women's voices in the history of biblical interpretation and theology. We heard some of fascinating stories of women who were pioneers in these areas, how the culture of interpretation shifted in the beginning of the 20th century, and what work is yet to be done in this emerging field.

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November 2019 - Bruxy Cavey and Ephraim Radner       Listen   
Free will, the future, God, and time

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We were excited to see over fifty people join us in watching The Adjustment Bureau in preparation for the conversation with Ephraim Radner and Bruxy Cavey.

With an audience of over a hundred people, Steve Hewko guides the conversation topic with Ephraim and Bruxy exploring questions, such as,

  • Does God force or compel people's action?
  • Is there a master plan that we do not see and if so, how do you answer hurting people when they are facing harm from others or are dealing with the death of a loved one?
  • Does God change his mind based on our prayers?
  • Does God have a perfect plan for each of us, one marriage partner, one career plan?

Congratulations to our four book winners:

  • John L. won The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus by Bruxy Cavey
  • Valerie B. won A Time to Keep: Theology, Mortality, and the Shape of a Human Life by Ephraim Radner
  • Michael L. won Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners by Bruxy Cavey
  • John D. won A Profound Ignorance: Modern Pneumatology and Its Anti-Modern Redemption by Ephraim Radner
October 2019 - Amanda W. Benckhuysen       Listen   
The Gospel According to Eve: A History of Women's Interpretation


Amanda W. Benckhuysen (PhD, University of St. Michael's College, Toronto) is Johanna K. And Martin J. Wyngaarden Senior professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary and a researcher in biblical interpretation and reception history. 

In conversation with Steve Hewko, Amanda shared how our view of Eve has historically influenced both society and the church.

September 2019 - Larry Reynolds, Julia Lee, and Natasha Fernandes       Listen   
Medical Assistance in Dying


Bishop Andrews engaged Larry Reynolds (Professor of Medicine in Winnipeg), Julia Lee (A trained family physician specializing in obstetrics and palliative care), and Natasha Fernandes (Completing her fourth year at the University of Toronto residency program) about the status of MAiD in Canada from a Christian perspective.

August 2019 - Paul Carter and Bruxy Cavey       Listen   
Navigating Theological Difference

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Date: August 30, 2019    
Guests: Paul Carter and Bruxey Cavey  Interviewer: Steve Hewko  

Bruxy Cavey and Paul Carter model constructive dialogue as they discuss the importance of doctrine, what the scriptures teach on navigating theological difference, and the serious impact of using the word heresy.

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July 2019 - Bishop Stephen Andrews       Listen   
How to Handle Disagreements in the Church


Date: July 26, 2019    
Guest: Bishop Stephen Andrews  Interviewer: James Sholl  

Bishop Stephen Andrews shares his thoughts with James Sholl, in light of the division witnessed at the recent Anglican Synod, on how the church has and is handling theological rifts.

June 2019 - Dr. W. Paul Franks       Listen   
Explaining Evil - Four Views


Date: June 28, 2019    
Guest: Dr W. Paul Franks  Interviewer: Steve Hewko  

In Explaining Evil, Dr. Franks explores the views of four prominent philosophers, an Armenian, a Calvanist, a Darwinian, and a Platonic view, presenting their arguments for why evil exists.

Dr. Franks discusses Theistic Libertarianism, Theistic Compatibilism, Atheistic Moral Realism and Atheistic Moral Non-realism, covering topics including free will, theism, atheism, goodness, Calvinism, evolutionary ethics, and pain.

May 2019 - Rev. Dr. David Robinson       Listen   
The Relevence of Patristics and A Critique of Two Kingdom Theology

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Date: May 31, 2019    
Guest: Dr David Robinson  Interviewer: Scott Leveille  

Dr David Robinson, in conversation with Scott Leveille, discusses who the Patristic fathers were, why do we view them as authoritative, and why we should consider listening to them today. To close the conversation the question was raised, if the church disappeared tomorrow what would Toronto notice?

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April 2019 - Prof. John Bland       Listen   
Math: The Language of God?

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Date: Apr 26, 2019    
Guest: Dr. John Bland  Interviewer: Steve Hewko  

Dr John Bland was our guest and in coversation with Stephen Hewko, explored the world of mathmatics and its relationship to the journey of faith.  Due to technical problems the audio is lower quality.

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March 2019 - Prof. David Reed       Listen   
The Paranormal

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Date: Apr 5, 2019    
Guest: David Reed  Interviewer: Steve Hewko  

An interesting night of discussion on things that go BUMP in the night. Two-thirds of the close to fifty people in attendance raised their hand when asked if they had experienced or knew someone who experienced a paranormal event. The topics ranged from the difference between demonic possession and ghostly encounters and the friendly/protective ghosts versus the maleovolent. David Reed, Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology at Wycliffe College, has studied the paranormal and was consulted for forty episodes of Ghostly Encounters, which ran from 2005 to 2011, shared his opinion of how we should view these phenomenons.

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February 2019 - Bruxy Cavey       Listen   
A Night with Bruxy

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Date: Feb 22, 2019    
Guest: Bruxy Cavey  Interviewer: Steve Hewko  

We were excited to host Meeting House pastor, Bruxy Cavey, for a broad-ranging fireside chat on religion, theology and culture. Bruxy shared his heart and thoughts around issues of personal belief, scripture, the implications of the cross, and application of theology to issues of peace and all the way to speculations on existence of extra-terrestrials. Insightful as always, Bruxy helped us navigate and explore these complex themes.

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October 2018 - Prof. Barth Netterfield       Listen   
The Universe
September 2018 - Jonathan Pageau       Listen   
Tales of An Icon Carver


Date: Sep 28, 2018    
Guest: Jonathan Pageau  Interviewer: Jordan Duerrstein  

Jonathan, possibly the only icon carver in North America, talks to Jordan about his fascinating journey from being a good ol' baptist boy to the Eastern Orthodox Church. After being disillusioned with contemporary art and giving up being an artist he discovered the hesychastic tradition, a mystical tradition of contemplative prayer in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and found himself being drawn to iconography.