Called “Chysostom” (Golden Mouth) because of his eloquence in preaching, the Eastern church father John led a life that was compelling and instructive, not to mention incredibly interesting, for those seeking to serve in church ministry. The categories that J.N.D. Kelly presents in his biography of John (Ascetic, Preacher, Bishop) provide a useful way for arranging not only the chronology of his life but the prominent features of his ministry.
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