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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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Wesley on the Importance of Communion

John Wesley explains what we should take communion as often as possible.

Chris Armstrong on Community

We have become “gyrovagues”: wandering Christians—demanding maximum freedom to come and go as we please, recognizing no communal authority, practicing only the loosest, most elective forms of “network community.” We are undisciplined and unattached: allergic to rules, disciplines, obedience to... Continue Reading →

Wesley on How to Use Money

John Wesley describes three simple rules for how to use our money to the glory of God.

Gardner on the false self

Human beings have always employed an enormous amount of clever devices for running away from themselves. We can keep ourselves busy, fill our lives with so many diversions, stuff our heads with so much knowledge, involve ourselves with so many... Continue Reading →

Peck on the Truth

Scott Peck explains some of the emotional heresies we need to repent of.

Snell on History

Christians should return to their sources—ad fontes—not only out of pious regard for the past but in expectation of vitality, recognizing the ever ancient as ever new, capable of guiding us through feverish times. We return not in arid commitment... Continue Reading →

The Desert Fathers on possessions

The Desert Fathers had a lot to say about wealth that sounds really wrong. Were they blind, or are we?

Tozer on the Holy Spirit

If the Holy Spirit were to withdraw from the local church, 95% of what was happening there would not change. A.W. Tozer

Evagrius and Norris on Acedia

Kathleen Norris explains Evagrius Ponticus's definition of the worst temptation of a monk - and the modern Western Christian

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