On The Naming Of Children

by St. John Chrysostom “So let the name of the saints enter our homes through the naming of our children, to train not only the child but the father, when he reflects that he is the father of John or Elijah or James; for, if the name be given with forethought to pay honor to […]

Prepared in Prayer: Musings on Homiletics and The Preaching Pyramid

by John Anderson As someone who feels called to the priesthood, who holds a B.S. in Bible and Preaching/Church Leadership, it should not come as a surprise that homiletics are an interest of mine. I spent 5 years learning the craft of expository preaching at Johnson University. Of course I have come to reject the […]

Why Go To Church When I Can Pray At Home?

by St. John Chrysostom They say: ‘We can pray at home.’ Thou art deceiving thyself, O man! Of course, one can pray at home. But it is impossible to pray there as in church, where such a multitude of hearts are uplifted to God, merging into one unanimous cry. Thou wilt not be so quickly […]

A Letter From One Of ‘The Folks’

I have learned over the years that the best feedback about preaching comes from ‘the folks’ – the ones who actually listen (not just hear). If you are not used to getting feedback from laypeople, other than an occasional ‘attaboy’ on Sundays, I strongly recommend it. Their insights cut right to the bone of what […]

On Damnation

by St. John Chrysostom There are many men, who form good hopes not by abstaining from their sins, but by thinking that hell is not so terrible as it is said to be, but milder than what is threatened, and temporary, not eternal; and about this they philosophize much. But I could show from many […]

On Abortion And Birth Control

by St. John Chrysostom “In truth, all men know that they who are under the power of this disease [the sin of covetousness] are wearied even of their father’s old age [wishing him to die so they can inherit]; and that which is sweet, and universally desirable, the having of children, they esteem grievous and […]

The Apostle Peter: A Greater Philosopher Than Plato

By St. John Chrysostom Why then, it is asked, did not Christ exercise His influence upon Plato, and upon Pythagoras? Because the mind of Peter was much more philosophical than their minds. They were in truth children shifted about on all sides by vain glory; but this man was a philosopher, one apt to receive […]

St. John Chrysostom: Authorities, Not Rulers, Appointed By God

By St. John Chrysostom “Let every soul be subject unto the higher authorities. For there is no authority but of God: the authorities that be are appointed of God.” – Romans 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher authorities,” if thou be an Apostle even, or an Evangelist, or a Prophet, or anything […]