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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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Owen on secret prayer

A minister may fill his pews, his communion roll, the mouths of the public, but what that minister is on his knees in secret before God Almighty, that he is and no more. John Owen

Bonhoeffer on Confession

Dietruch Bonhoeffer explains why confession our sin to one another is so helpful and how to do it safely.

Salinger on Humility

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Wesley on the Importance of Communion

John Wesley explains what we should take communion as often as possible.

Armstrong on Community

We have become “gyrovagues”: wandering Christians—demanding maximum freedom to come and go as we please, recognizing no communal authority, practicing only the loosest, most elective forms of “network community.” We are undisciplined and unattached: allergic to rules, disciplines, obedience to... Continue Reading →

Wesley on How to Use Money

John Wesley describes three simple rules for how to use our money to the glory of God.

Gardner on the false self

Human beings have always employed an enormous amount of clever devices for running away from themselves. We can keep ourselves busy, fill our lives with so many diversions, stuff our heads with so much knowledge, involve ourselves with so many... Continue Reading →

Peck on the Truth

Scott Peck explains some of the emotional heresies we need to repent of.

Snell on History

Christians should return to their sources—ad fontes—not only out of pious regard for the past but in expectation of vitality, recognizing the ever ancient as ever new, capable of guiding us through feverish times. We return not in arid commitment... Continue Reading →

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