How John Chrysostom upset the rich

I’m reading Henry Chadwick’s history The Early Church and there are some absolute gems which I’ll post for your reflection, edification and application. John Chrysostom (Golden Voice) was one of the greatest preachers of the early church and who under severe pressure was made Bishop of Constantinople (c 398AD). There he initiated a whole series of reforms raising the moral standard of the clergy and knocking on the head some of the more dubious accounting practices of the priests. But it wasn’t just the clergy who were on the receiving…

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How to help Africa?

It’s a question that has been asked time and again over the past 40 years and it seems we’re no closer to finding an answer. This report on Africa’s aid addiction suggests that corruption from the highest to the lowest levels remains the biggest issue. Tearfund produced a good research paper on it in 1999. It also makes me wonder about the effectiveness of disciple-making in Africa. No question there’s some great work going on by some great organisations (I support Great Lakes Outreach and Tearfund) but there’s also no…

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