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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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Benner on the tragedy of the false self

The false self is the tragic result of trying to steal something from God that we did not have to steal. Had we dared to trust God's goodness, we would have discovered that everything we could ever most deeply long... Continue Reading →

Taylor’s Debtor’s Prayer

Jeremy Taylor gives a prayer for all those in debt

Lovelace on the Precursors of Revival

Richard Lovelace describes what people wake up to in revival

Calvin on Autonomy

The surest source of destruction to men is to obey themselves. John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Volume 2

The boundaries of spiritual disciplines

Can you do too much of the spiritual disciplines?

Coe on Feelings

Feelings are lousy leaders. I don’t follow feelings. But they are excellent windows into the truth of our heart if we’re willing to look into them. John Coe, Introduction to Spiritual Formation

Spener on the Training of Pastors

Spener gives some guidelines on how the training of pastors should be reformed

Coleman on Discipleship

The best work is always done with a few. Better to give a year or so to one or two people who learn what it means to conquer for Christ than to spend a lifetime with a congregation just keeping... Continue Reading →

Spener on How to Correct the Erring

Philipp Spener gives five guidelines for correcting heretics

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