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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Reverence in Church

by Abbot Tryphon God’s house is entered with awe and fear. We must practice reverence in the temple, whether during services or when we step into the church to light a candle and venerate the holy icons. The temple is the place set apart for the worship of the Holy Trinity and is the place […]

The Self-Liquidation of Christianity

by Fr. Seraphim Rose The striking phrase, “God is dead,” is the poetical expression of modern unbelief. Much is expressed in this phrase that is not to be found in the more prosaic expressions of modern atheism and agnosticism. A vivid contrast is established between a previous age when men believed in God and based […]

On the Saying “Those Whom He Foreknew, the Same He Also Predestined”

“Predestination” is an excuse for sloth: God calls everyone to repentance I have heard many people say: “Because the Apostle says; ‘Those whom God foreknew, the same He also predestined; and those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, the same also glorified’ (Rom. 8:29–30) what good is it to me […]

Well Begun is Half Done – and It Has Begun!

With apologies to fellow Orthodox Christian, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. It’s my favorite. by Fr. John A. Peck As of now the 2016 Old Testament Challenge is live. If you have your Ebook and your Prayer before Reading the Scriptures, then you also have your schedule. Get started reading if you already haven’t and check the Facebook […]

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED That’s what I’m posting on my social media today- CHALLENGE ACCEPTED – and I encourage you to do the same. The kickoff for the Old Testament Challenge begins this evening. We’ve had to time to study, time to prepare, time to schedule, time to arrange your notes, get a reading partner, get a blessing, […]

One Day To Go: Old Testament Challenge

by Fr. John A. Peck Since we are now less than two days away from beginning the Old Testament Challenge, we should run through a basic check list of readiness. Bible with all the books of the Orthodox Canon of the Old Testament (the Septuagint Old Testament). Check. Ebook “Learning the Old Testament the Orthodox Way“ […]

Final Questions and Answers Before the Old Testament Challenge

by Fr. John A. Peck The following questions have been submitted to me privately by email or chat.  Should I read in the morning or evening? Good question – here’s the answer. When do you normally say your prayers? Read the Epistle and Gospel as a part of your rule of prayer? I would try […]

The Holy Eucharist: A Live Coal

By Fr. Patrick Reardon Speaking of the Holy Eucharist, the Fathers and early liturgical texts of the Church have recourse to the metaphor of the flaming coal (anthrax, pruna) in reference to the Lord’s body. For instance, with Isaiah 6:7 obviously in mind, The Liturgy of St. James refers to “receiving the fiery coal” (labein […]