Did you know John Chrysostom was an early Church Father of Constantinople? Did you know he was called Chrysostom because he was such a good speaker?
Just try saying Chrysostom. “Chrys-os-tom.” Don’t you feel like a great speaker? Chrysostom essentially means golden-mouthed. It is a combination of two Greek words.
I learned this awhile back when I visited Powell’s Rare Book Room in Portland. I had picked up a theology book from the 1800s and came to this knowledge about Mr. Golden-Mouth himself. Just now I learned you can come to that same knowledge by looking at Wikipedia. But that takes all the fun out of it. What’s the story now? I was curious, so I clicked on Wikipedia. Wow. Amazing.
So let’s go back to the Rare Book Room for a minute. While I was there, I saw a set of books worth $350,000. It’s the complete volume set of Lewis and Clark’s expedition (along with the friendly Sacagawea of course). The Rare Book Room also had a book that was printed in 1480 (Josephus’ The Jewish War), but I missed it. I had picked up a book from the 1700s instead. I was trying to read it, but it was in Latin, so I didn’t make it very far. Then, I picked up a book from the 1800s. It was about education. I skim-read a chapter and at the end, I found a nugget. It said, “Happy is the man who can preserve activity without the excitement of ambition.”