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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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Brother Lawrence on Guilt

When he sinned, he confessed it to God with these words: "I can do nothing better without You. Please keep me from falling and correct the mistakes I make." After that, he did not feel guilty about the sin. Brother... Continue Reading →

Colbert on Discipline

Q: What's the one thing about yourself that you wish you could change? A: I wish I had more discipline. I work hard, but that's not the same thing as discipline. I tend to work hard to throw myself at... Continue Reading →

Howard on Evangelical Spiritual Practices

Evan Howard describes the spiritual disciplines native to the Evangelical movement.

Willard on Eternal Life

The only definition of eternal life found in the Scripture is John 17:3: "And this is eternal life, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." Jesus is the way to the... Continue Reading →

Finney on What Revivals Are (and Aren’t)

Charles Finney explains what revivals are, what hinders them, and when they can be expected.

Spurgeon on Security

We have all things and abound; not because I have a good store of money in the bank, not because I have skill and wit with which to win my bread, but because the Lord is my shepherd. Charles Haddon... Continue Reading →

Edwards on the Importance of Emotion

Jonathan Edwards makes the case for the importance of emotions in the spiritual life.

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 →

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