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Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

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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 →

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 →

Tozer on the Holy Spirit

If the Holy Spirit were to withdraw from the local church, 95% of what was happening there would not change. A.W. Tozer

Pascal on Songs

It’s not those who write the laws that have the greatest impact on society. It’s those who write the songs. - Blaise Pascal

Chrysostom on Children and Wealth

We take care of the property that has been given to the children, but not of the children themselves. How senseless! Train the child’s soul first; everything else will come later. When the child’s soul is without virtue, no money... Continue Reading →

de Sales on Imperfections

Do not let us be disheartened by our imperfections - our very perfection lies in diligently contending against them...Our victory does not consist in being insensible to them, but in not consenting to them. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the... Continue Reading →

de Sales on Protecting Your Reputation

Francis de Sales teaches when and how to protect your reputation.

Kamuyu on healing

If you never heal from what hurt you, you'll bleed on people who didn't cut you. - Wanjiku Kamuyu

McColman on the Christian Life

God is love. God loves all of us and wants us to experience abundant life. This means abiding in love—love of God, and love of neighbors as ourselves. Through prayer and worship, meditation and silence, we can commune with God,... Continue Reading →

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