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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How St Patrick Converted Ireland

Learn Patrick's surprising journey to becoming a missionary to Ireland and how God used it to convert a nation.

Laird on Pain versus Suffering

Martin Laird tells how the practice of contemplation led one woman from being a victim of suffering to a witness of pain.

Top books I read in 2022

My favorite books from 2022

Buechner on wrath

Of the Seven Deadly Sins, wrath is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the... Continue Reading →

Guareschi on War vs Politics

In war a man can forgive the enemy who a little while ago was trying to kill him, and can share his bread with him. But in a political battle a man hates his opponent, and a son can kill... Continue Reading →

de Mello on Love

You can love your mother with your whole heart; and your spouse; and each of your children. The wonder is that giving the whole of it to one person does not force you to give less to another. On the... Continue Reading →

Chambers on warnings to ministers

Oswald Chambers is best known for the collection of his writings published in daily devotional format called My Utmost for His Highest. Chambers was a Holiness preacher who served as a chaplain during WWI to soldiers from Australia and New... Continue Reading →

Flint and Drake on Doubt

"I doubt often, Michael," whispered Anthony. "There has never been a day in my life that I have not doubted." "I should hope not!" The Macedonian's blue eyes were as pitiless as an eagle's. "Where else but from doubt can... Continue Reading →

Willard on the Implementation of a Discipleship Program

Willard describes how to implement his curriculum for Christlikeness.

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