About Fr. John A. Peck

Director of the Preachers Institute, priest in the Orthodox Church in America, award-winning graphic designer and media consultant, and non-profit administrator.
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Ten Key Questions For Sermon Preparation

Here are 10 key question for sermon prep – after you read them ALL, are there any questions you would add? From the Dash/House blog. There are many ways to prepare a sermon. When preparing a sermon on a passage of Scripture, though, I’ve found that there are ten questions that every preacher must answer. […]

Freedom and Man’s Fall

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It is important that Christians, when they speak of “human nature,” understand this expression in a biblical sense. And when they are told that “human nature does not change,” they should recognize the assertion as more Aristotelian than Christian. When God created human beings, it was precisely for the purpose […]

Reasons to Study the Bible

by St. Justin Popovich The biography of every man – everyone without exception – is found in the Bible. In it each of us can find himself portrayed and thoroughly described in detail; all those virtues and vices which you have and can have and cannot have. You will find the paths on which your […]

The Truth of Orthodox Anthropology

Transfiguration plays a major role in understanding mankind, the reality and quality of freedom, and the intention of God in the creation of the Universe. by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Gregory the Theologian placed the synthetic —body and soul—quality of human existence in the larger context of the whole created order, within which he distinguished […]

The Transfiguration: The Gospel, the Law and the Prophets

  by St. Augustine of Hippo We heard, as the Gospel was read, the story of the great vision in which the Lord showed himself to three disciples, Peter and John and James. “His face shone like the sun” – this means the splendor of the Gospel. “His clothes became as white as snow” – […]

Ebook: Formation of Preachers

The Ebook “On the Formation of Preachers” is once again available in Ebook (PDF) format through Preachers Institute, and it can be in your inbox in seconds. Newly formatted for easy of printing and reading on your own printer! A venerable text on the formation of preachers, called (not surprisingly) “On The Formation Of Preachers“ […]

The Transfiguration, the Manifestation of the Beloved Son

by St. Leo the Great For the apostles, who really needed to be strengthened in faith and initiated into a knowledge of every thing, from that miracle comes another lesson. In fact, Moses and Elijah — the Law and the Prophets — appeared hobnobbing with the Lord. This happened so as to perfectly accomplish through […]

Body and Soul, and the School of Synergy

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Church Fathers sometimes use the word synthesis when they speak of the mutual relationship of man’s soul and body (E.g., Clement of Alexandria, Stromateis 4.26; Cyril of Alexandria, Letters 45; Maximus the Confessor, Letters 15). When they treat of the synthetic quality of human nature, however, they are not […]