Golden Tongue & Iron Will – A Brief Bio of John Chrysostom

Robert Krupp presents a brief bio on John Chrysostom, one of my favorites –

John Chrysostom had little patience with sins of any sort, but he was especially piqued at the misuse of wealth:

“It is foolishness and a public madness,” he once preached, “to fill the cupboards with clothing and allow men who are created in God’s image and our likeness to stand naked and trembling with the cold so that they can hardly hold themselves upright.… You are large and fat, you hold drinking parties until late at night, and sleep in a warm, soft bed. And do you not think of how you must give an account of your misuse of the gifts of God?”

This type of preaching—eloquent and uncompromising—would eventually earn John of Antioch the name by which he is now distinguished: Chrysostomos, “the golden mouth.” It would also contribute, though, to his exile and premature death.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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  1. “This type of preaching—eloquent and uncompromising—would eventually earn John of Antioch the name by which he is now distinguished: Chrysostomos, “the golden mouth.” It would also contribute, though, to his exile and premature death.”

    doesn’t it always work that way? I read a church history book a while back that summarized every reform movement: “and the established church killed them.”

    Sad, but true.
    James

    • James, I fear that you are correct. While we all like to complain about our current state, when someone starts to preach about Renewal, we suddenly become defensive and really loyal to our present condition.

      I am not sure if you have ever seen crabs in a tub, getting ready for a crab boil, but in South Louisiana, we would put then in a tub, and salt them to purge them. One crab would actually make it almost to the top when suddenly, the others would reach out and bring him, or her I reckon, back down with them. The same goes for those who are preaching renewal.

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