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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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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 →

Anthony Norris Groves on the basis of Christian cooperation

Groves gives us seven principles for how Christians of different convictions can work together

Julian on the sin of self-hatred

The reason we are troubled by our sins is because of our ignorance of love. We are most blind to this knowledge, for some of us believe God is all-power and able to do all, and that He is all-wisdom... Continue Reading →

Wallis on the Distinctive Features of Revival

Arthur Wallis describes what genuine revivals looks like using Acts 2 as a template

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?

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