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John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom is one of the giants of early Christian leadership and teaching, essentially the Eastern Greek-speaking counterpart to the Western Latin-speaking Augustine of Hippo.  John was born in 349, after Christianity was legalized, and he lived through the … Continue reading

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Chrysostom on Preaching

St. John Chrysostom is remembered throughout history as being a great preacher.  “Chrysostom” indeed, actually means “golden-mouthed.”  I imagine it was very likely a nickname he earned, rather than a prophetically accurate surname.  It is therefore no surprise that he … Continue reading

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Violence in the Kingdom of God

Matthew 11:12 is a perplexing verse for many a reader and interpreter.  There, Jesus says From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. First of all, … Continue reading

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King Aelfred the Great

Many famous leaders, both of nations and within the church, have received epithets next to their names over the centuries.  Pope Gregory the Great, Czar Ivan the Terrible, St. John Chrysostom (the golden-mouthed), Vlad the Impaler, Charlemagne (Carolus magnus, or … Continue reading

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The Communion of Saints

As we declare in the Apostles’ Creed, “we believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints…”  This statement places us in the context of the greater family of Christ throughout all time and in all places.  Our faith … Continue reading

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Signs of the Times

This was my sermon on Matthew 24:23-31 upon the 25th Sunday after Trinity. If you’ve been following the daily Scripture readings on the back of the bulletin, you’ll have noticed a very interesting passage on the evening of election day.  In … Continue reading

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Five Years of Leorningcnihtes boc!

WordPress informed me that yesterday was my fifth “anniversary” blogging with them.  So I revisited my first post which introduced the purpose of this blog.  I’m pleased to see that although some of my original ideas have long since fallen … Continue reading

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Advice from the Saints: Enduring Persecution

St. John Chrysostom lived in a time when the official persecution of Christianity was winding down.  The reality of being killed for one’s faith was relatively fresh on the typical believer’s mind.  It was that background that helped enable him … Continue reading

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Christian Economics: Conservative and Liberal

One of the frustrating things about American political debates these days is the division that is created among Christians over various matters of economy.  Certainly the handling of money has always been a challenge for every culture since the dawn … Continue reading

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The Priest is a Warrior

There’s one more image from St. John’s Chrysostom’s book On the Priesthood that I want to share and comment upon, because like the previous one, it’s one that resonates with me in a quiet but profound way: the priest as a warrior … Continue reading

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