The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016



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 →

Thibon on Freedom

Do not run or fly away in order to become free. Rather, go deeply into the narrow space given you. There you will find God and all things. Gustave Thibon, quoted in Gallagher's The Examen Prayer

Norman on identity

When you know you are loved by God, you can live your life with nothing to hide, nothing to prove, and nothing to lose. Steve Norman, The Preacher as Sermon

Quayle on Preaching

Preaching is not the art of making a sermon and delivering it. Preaching is the art of making a preacher and delivering that. It is no trouble to preach, but a vast trouble to construct a preacher. William Quayle, The... Continue Reading →

Jung on recipes for living

The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases. Carl Jung

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