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Holiness Tradition

Buechner on wrath

Of the Seven Deadly Sins, wrath is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the... Continue Reading →

Brother Lawrence on Guilt

When he sinned, he confessed it to God with these words: "I can do nothing better without You. Please keep me from falling and correct the mistakes I make." After that, he did not feel guilty about the sin. Brother... Continue Reading →

Eliot on Evangelical Hypocrisy

George Eliot's scathing critique of an Evangelical preacher of her time bears lessons for Evangelicals of all times.

Thomas à Kempis on the Dangers of Intellectualism

Thomas à Kempis outlines some dangers of substitute learning for genuine devotion.

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

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