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The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

Dyson on the importance of idleness

I am fooling around not doing anything, which probably means that this is a creative period, although of course you don’t know until afterward. I think that it is very important to be idle…. People who keep themselves busy all... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Traditions

Learning about how to run a faith community from the 12 Step movement.

Running a church like a business

I don't know whether the church should be run like a business or not, but I know it shouldn't be run like a bad business.

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 17th Century nun on aging

Lord, You know better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from... Continue Reading →

Rolheiser on Stages of Discipleship

Ronald Rolhesier describes the three phases of discipleship throughout our lives.

A word on plagues

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

Knowledge competencies

Why I think knowledge should never be a competency in a CBTE program

Identifying competencies for CBTE programs

How to apply the framework origin approach to develop competencies for a CBTE program

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