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Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

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Holiness Tradition

Peck on the Truth

Scott Peck explains some of the emotional heresies we need to repent of.

Evagrius and Norris on Acedia

Kathleen Norris explains Evagrius Ponticus's definition of the worst temptation of a monk - and the modern Western Christian

J.I. Packer on True Holiness

Packer gives the signs of true and false holiness.

de Sales on Protecting Your Reputation

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

A word on resolutions

Learn from Anthony de Mello and Martin Laird how to do resolutions right

Kamuyu on healing

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

Smith on The Life Hid with Christ

Hannah Whitall Smith describes the higher Christian life and how to enter it

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 →

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