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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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Top books I read in 2021

My favourite books from 2021.

Tozer on Orthodoxy

For myself, I am reverently concerned that I teach nothing but Christ crucified. For me to accept a teaching or even an emphasis, I must be persuaded that it is scriptural and altogether apostolic in spirit and temper. And it... Continue Reading →

Eliot on Evangelical Hypocrisy

George Eliot's scathing critique of an Evangelical preacher of her time bears lessons for Evangelicals of all times.

The Desert Saints on Doing Nothing for Show

The Desert Fathers and Mothers teach about the importance of humility and doing nothing for show.

Quaker Self-Examination

The Canadian Yearly Meeting's Advices and Queries guide Canadian Quakers in their practice of self-examination. Come see what they ask themselves!

Thomas à Kempis on the Dangers of Intellectualism

Thomas à Kempis outlines some dangers of substitute learning for genuine devotion.

Thibon on Freedom

Do not run or fly away in order to become free. Rather, go deeply into the narrow space given you. There you will find God and all things. Gustave Thibon, quoted in Gallagher's The Examen Prayer

Norman on identity

When you know you are loved by God, you can live your life with nothing to hide, nothing to prove, and nothing to lose. Steve Norman, The Preacher as Sermon

Quayle on Preaching

Preaching is not the art of making a sermon and delivering it. Preaching is the art of making a preacher and delivering that. It is no trouble to preach, but a vast trouble to construct a preacher. William Quayle, The... Continue Reading →

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