The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016



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 →

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 →

Brother Lawrence on Guilt

When he sinned, he confessed it to God with these words: "I can do nothing better without You. Please keep me from falling and correct the mistakes I make." After that, he did not feel guilty about the sin. Brother... Continue Reading →

Colbert on Discipline

Q: What's the one thing about yourself that you wish you could change? A: I wish I had more discipline. I work hard, but that's not the same thing as discipline. I tend to work hard to throw myself at... Continue Reading →

Willard on Eternal Life

The only definition of eternal life found in the Scripture is John 17:3: "And this is eternal life, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." Jesus is the way to the... Continue Reading →

Spurgeon on Security

We have all things and abound; not because I have a good store of money in the bank, not because I have skill and wit with which to win my bread, but because the Lord is my shepherd. Charles Haddon... Continue Reading →

Tozer on Orthodoxy

For myself, I am reverently concerned that I teach nothing but Christ crucified. For me to accept a teaching or even an emphasis, I must be persuaded that it is scriptural and altogether apostolic in spirit and temper. And it... Continue Reading →

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