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The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

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This site collects the best insights I've come across in my reading of the great works of Christian spirituality from across the millenia and today

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Peck on life and pain

The price of connection is pain…A full life will be full of pain. But the only alternative is not to live fully or not to live at all. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled

Merton on the secret of joy

Merton proposes that joy is the easiest thing in the world to possess.

Lewis on God’s delight in us

He who will, in the long run, be satisfied with nothing less than perfection, will also be delighted with the first feeble, stumbling effort you make tomorrow to do the simplest duty. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Merton on the Holiness of Creation

Merton explains how it is not material things that are evil, but rather our false self that forges sinful relationships with them.

Macmurray on fear

The maxim of illusory religion is: “Fear not; trust in God, and He will see that none of the things you fear will happen to you.” Real religion has a different maxim: “Fear not; the things that you are afraid... Continue Reading →

Smith on The Life Hid with Christ

Hannah Whitall Smith describes the higher Christian life and how to enter it

Graham on study

One of my great regrets is that I have not studied enough. I wish I had studied more and preached less. People have pressured me into speaking to groups when I should have been studying and preparing. Donald Barnhouse said... Continue Reading →

Is God proud?

Can God be proud? How does He feel when we take credit for His work?

The Desert Fathers on Lust

The early Christian monks who fled the cities to the deserts of Egypt developed great pastoral wisdom as they struggled with Satan in the wilderness. Their insights are sometimes jarring to our modern sensibilities, but they bear listening to. There... Continue Reading →

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