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The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

The Desert Fathers on Lust

The early Christian monks who fled the cities to the deserts of Egypt developed great pastoral wisdom as they struggled with Satan in the wilderness. Their insights are sometimes jarring to our modern sensibilities, but they bear listening to. There... Continue Reading →

Burrows on holiness

Holiness has to do with very ordinary things: truthfulness, courtesy, kindness, gentleness, consideration for others, contentment with our lot, honesty and courage in the face of life, reliability, dutifulness. Intent, as we think, on the higher reaches of spirituality, we... Continue Reading →

Scaling Spiritual Formation

Four principles for scaling spiritual formation to reach an entire congregation, denomination or mission agency.

Peck on Being Religious

There are two reasons people become religious: to approach mystery, and to escape mystery. Scott Peck

A Method of Spiritual Formation

A practical method to integrate the spiritual disciplines into your life.

Chesterton on paradox

Paradox is truth standing on its head and waving its legs to get our attention G.K. Chesterton

The Means of Spiritual Formation

Spiritual growth must have a clear means, or there is no way to move towards it.

Richard Rohr on the lenses we wear

People don’t see things as they are; they see things as THEY are. Richard Rohr

The Marks of Spiritual Formation

Spiritual growth must have a goal or risk lurching in random directions. I like Glen Scorgie's model of spiritual growth as relational, transformational, and vocational growth.

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