Why Did Jesus Speak Obscurely? (Chrysostom)

Have you ever been reading through the Gospels and found Christ's words somewhat puzzling? I certainly have. To be sure, many of Jesus' words are quite clear and understandable. But he did say things that are more difficult to understand at first glance. A question arises: Why didn't Jesus always and in every circumstance speak,… Continue reading Why Did Jesus Speak Obscurely? (Chrysostom)

Dusty Bibles and the Early Church (Chrysostom)

I'm sure most of us have heard the criticism that some Christians have Bibles that are dusty. That is, too often Christians simply don't read their Bibles so their Bibles get dusty, so to speak. We're not the only generation of Christians that haven't read our Bibles as we should. One well-known preacher in the… Continue reading Dusty Bibles and the Early Church (Chrysostom)

She Was Devoted to Serving the Church

Around 395 AD some Christians in and around Constantinople were being persecuted for their faith. One such Christian who faced persecution was Pentadia, a deaconess of the church there in Constantinople. After her husband was found and banished from the city, Pentadia was also targeted. Her story intersects with that of Chrysostom. Here's how one… Continue reading She Was Devoted to Serving the Church

One Mediator (Chrysostom)

Many Christians have 1 Timothy 2:5 memorized: "For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus..." (NIV). It's a wonderfully clear and comforting truth to say the least! Speaking of a mediator, Chrysostom (d. 407 AD) did a fine job explaining this term as Paul used it with… Continue reading One Mediator (Chrysostom)

…No Sinner Should Despair of Finding Mercy… (Chrysostom)

John Chrysostom's "Homilies on the First Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy" are an excellent resource for those studying 1 Timothy. I've enjoyed reading Chrysostom's sermons in my own sermon preparation as I work through 1 Timothy. Here's a very encouraging section of Chrysostom's sermon on 1 Timothy 1:16 (...But for that very reason I… Continue reading …No Sinner Should Despair of Finding Mercy… (Chrysostom)