The Magpie

Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016



Lawhead on the Kingdom

I have seen a land shining with goodness where each man protects his brother's dignity as readily as his own, where war and want have ceased and all races live under the same law of love and honor. I have... Continue Reading →

Newton on Sinfulness

You say it is hard to understand how a holy God could accept such an awful person as yourself. You express not only a low opinion of yourself, but also too low an opinion of the person, work, and promises... Continue Reading →

Chalmers on Fighting Vices

The only way to dispossess [the heart] of an old affection is by the expulsive power of a new one. Thomas Chalmers, The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

Willard on Discipleship

There is nothing wrong with the church that discipleship will not cure. Nothing. When you find problems in the church…it is always a lack of discipleship that led to it. Dallas Willard, Living in Christ's Presence

Lewis on the Purpose of the Church

The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. C.S.... Continue Reading →

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

Lewis on God’s Delight in Us

[He] who will, in the long run, be satisfied with nothing less than perfection, will also be delighted with the first feeble, stumbling effort you make tomorrow to do the simplest duty. C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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