BUT I wanted to talk about John Chrysostom, seeing as he is a preacher of renown, his name meaning "Golden Mouth." According to one bio, "Audiences were warned not to carry large sums of money when they went to hear him speak, since pickpockets found it very easy to rob his hearers -- they were too intent on his words to notice what was happening." It goes on:
He loved the city and people of Antioch, and they loved him. However, he became so famous that the Empress at Constantinople decided that she must have him for her court preacher, and she had him kidnapped and brought to Constantinople and there made bishop. This was a failure all around. His sermons against corruption in high places earned him powerful enemies (including the Empress), and he was sent into exile, where he died.
How sad! But how brave, that he continued to preach and not simply speak to get along. How true to his call and to his Lord.
"Mercifully grant to all bishops and pastors such excellency in preaching, and fidelity in ministering your Word, that your people shall be partakers with them of the glory that shall be revealed." So be it. Amen.