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The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

The Magpie Chirps

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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A 17th Century nun on aging

Lord, You know better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from... Continue Reading →

Rolheiser on Stages of Discipleship

Ronald Rolhesier describes the three phases of discipleship throughout our lives.

A word on plagues

What we can learn from three episodes when the Church faced sickness.

Knowledge competencies

Why I think knowledge should never be a competency in a CBTE program

Identifying competencies for CBTE programs

How to apply the framework origin approach to develop competencies for a CBTE program

Lewis on Obedience and Authority

Obedience accepted with delight and authority exercised with humility are the very lines along with our spirits live. C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Spurgeon on Professional Development on a Budget

Spurgeon teaches ministers how to continue to learn and grow in their vocation without much money

Character Competencies

Developing and assessing character is really hard for educators - but it is essential for theological education

John Bunyan on the Gospel

"Run, John, run" the Law commands But gives me neither feet nor hands. Far better news the Gospel brings It bids me, "Fly!" - and gives me wings. John Bunyan

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