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The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

Top books I read in 2019

The books that changed my life this year.

Williamson on worship

Obedience means allowing God to be our Lord. The essence of worship is not the songs that begin our church service. Worship begins when we declare, “Your ways not mine.” Sam Williamson, Beliefs of the Heart blog

Hallesby on the one thing to pray for

Hallesby teaches us what to pray for in every situation.

Lewis on how to make an impression

You will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Hallesby on Difficulties in Prayer

Ole Hallesby explains how we often make prayer harder than it has to be.

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.

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