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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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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

Wilhoit on the Cross

The Cross is the place where God most clearly tells us what he thinks of sinners: "I would rather die than live without you; I will die to provide you a way of escape." James Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if... Continue Reading →

Mission by Neighbouring

In January 2009 a group of Denver pastors gathered to dream about how their churches could join to serve the community. They asked the mayor to come and talk about his dream for their city. They also asked him to... Continue Reading →

The Gospel meets Spiritual Formation

My attempt at articulating the gospel message in a way that naturally leads to discipleship.

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