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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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Nouwen on Self-Rejection

The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can, indeed, present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger... Continue Reading →

Top 10 books I read in 2017

The books that have most changed me in the past year.

Yeats on Self-Examination

It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield. W.B. Yeats

More Hallesby on prayer

Ole Hallesby describes the second key to prayer: faith (and how it isn't what you think)

Hallesby on prayer

Ole Hallesby explains what prayer is and how a sense of helplessness is essential to it

James on Asceticism

Every day do something for no other reason than its difficulty, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test. Asceticism in this sort of thing is... Continue Reading →

Edwards on Reliable Signs of the Spirit

Jonathan Edwards lists those things that CAN be relied upon as signs of the Holy Spirit

Edwards on Unreliable Signs of the Spirit

Jonathan Edwards lists some things that can't be relied upon as signs of the Holy Spirit

Chambers on being of use to God

God can accomplish nothing with the person who thinks that he is of use to God. The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship with Him that we maintain and the surrounding qualities... Continue Reading →

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