The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016



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

Baxter on Self-Care

See what Baxter had to say about why pastors should practice self-care

Baxter on the Primary Task of a Pastor

Read how Richard Baxter did spiritual direction for his entire congregation

Brooks on How Satan Attacks Our Assurance

Brooks goes on to describe the tactics Satan uses to undermine our conviction that we are a child of God.

Brooks on How Satan Diverts Souls from the Good

Some more Brooks on the tactics Satan uses to derail our duties and how to resist them

Brooks on How Satan Entices Souls to Sin

Read Thomas Brooks on the tactics Satan uses to entice us to sin and how to resist them

Bunyan on Law and Gospel

Run, John, run, the Law commands, But gives me neither feet nor hands. 'Tis better news the Gospel brings: It bids me fly and gives me wings. John Bunyan

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