The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016



Hawke on Happiness

Often we imagine that we will work hard until we arrive at some distant goal, and then we will be happy. This is a delusion. Happiness is the result of a life lived with purpose. Happiness is not an objective.... Continue Reading →

Haskins on the New Year

I said to the man, who stood at the gate of the year 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown' And he replied, 'Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand... Continue Reading →

Sayers on the Deadly Virtues

The Seven Deadly Virtues: respectability, childishness, mental timidity, dullness, sentimentality, censoriousness, and depression of spirits. Dorothy Sayers, Letters to a Diminished Church

Spurgeon on the Winter of the Soul

C.H. Spurgeon shares how to respond to dead times in our lives

Spurgeon on Fellowship with Christ

C.H. Spurgeon explains what it means to have fellowship with Christ

Shepherd on Addiction

Never think the addict is uncommonly weak or uncommonly stupid. Rather, he is uncommonly in pain. Victor Shepherd

Stockdale on Creation

When God made the earth, He could have finished it - but He didn't. He left it as raw material to tease us, to tantalize us, to set us thinking and experimenting and risking and adventuring, and in this we... Continue Reading →

Gregory the Great on Scripture

The Bible is shallow enough to be waded by a lamb and deep enough to be swum by an elephant. Gregory the Great

Chambers on serving a cause

If I am devoted to the cause of humanity only, I will soon be exhausted and come to the place where my love will falter; but if I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately, I can serve humanity though men... Continue Reading →

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