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Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

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History

Eliot on Evangelical Hypocrisy

George Eliot's scathing critique of an Evangelical preacher of her time bears lessons for Evangelicals of all times.

The Desert Saints on Doing Nothing for Show

The Desert Fathers and Mothers teach about the importance of humility and doing nothing for show.

Thomas à Kempis on the Dangers of Intellectualism

Thomas à Kempis outlines some dangers of substitute learning for genuine devotion.

Spurgeon on depression in ministry

Charles Spurgeon shares how depression manifests itself in pastoral ministry.

Kelly on mission grounded in the love of God

Thomas Kelly explains how mission must be not only based on, but also conducted through, our relationship with God.

Lewis on Loving Our Enemies

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

Spener on What’s Wrong with the Church and How to Fix It

Jacob Spener explains what was wrong with the church in his time and how to fix it.

A word on plagues

What we can learn from three episodes when the Church faced sickness.

Spurgeon on Professional Development on a Budget

Spurgeon teaches ministers how to continue to learn and grow in their vocation without much money

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