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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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Hippocrates on Healing

Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick Hippocrates

de Mello on Changing Others

Each time you seek to change another, ask yourself this: What will be served by this change - my pride, my pleasure or my profit? Anthony de Mello, Awakening

Forsyth on Teaching on Prayer

No one ought to undertake teaching about prayer who has not spent more toil in the practice of prayer than on its principle. P.T. Forsyth, The Soul of Prayer

What is CBTE?

What is competency-based theological education anyway?

Maclaren on anxiety

Your anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; but it empties today of its strength. - Alexander Maclaren, Sermon "Anxious Care"

Chambers on Criticism

When we discern that other people are not growing spiritually and allow that discernment to turn to criticism, we block our fellowship with God. God never gives us discernment so that we may criticize, but that we may intercede. Oswald... Continue Reading →

Lewis on Loving Our Enemies

C.S. Lewis teaches us how to oppose our enemies without descending into hatred.

Dyson on the importance of idleness

I am fooling around not doing anything, which probably means that this is a creative period, although of course you don’t know until afterward. I think that it is very important to be idle…. People who keep themselves busy all... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Traditions

Learning about how to run a faith community from the 12 Step movement.

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