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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Pew Survey: Americans Want Good Sermons and Warm Welcomes

If you think preaching good sermons doesn’t matter, think again. It is the single most important thing Americans look for when seeking a place to worship regularly. On Choosing a New Church or House of Worship About half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most commonly […]

Characteristic Traits of Orthodox Spirituality

by Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos Within this framework we can detect some characteristic traits of Orthodox spirituality. It is, firstly, Christ-centred, since Christ is the only medicine for humankind, by virtue of the hypostatic union of the divine and human nature in His Person. Secondly, Orthodox spirituality is also centred on the Holy Trinity, since Christ is always united with the […]

The Subjectively Conscious Part of the Cosmos

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The thinking man, if he wants his thought about freedom to be complete, must reflect—on the basis of his own experience—that freedom is inseparable from consciousness and the conscious experience of pursuing and discerning truth. If freedom is really free, it must be part of self-reflective thought, or logos; otherwise […]

When The Pope Decided Orthodox Baptisms Were No Longer Valid

In this excerpt, ‘Greek’ means ‘Orthodox’ and ‘Latin’ refers to ‘Roman Catholics’. The friars (dominicans and franciscans) injected a new element into the relations of the two churches, creating new tensions and holding out new possibilities. Time and agian, representatives of the Orthodox Church would find themselves at loggerheads with the friars. Their activities heightened […]

The Fathers of the Church and the Old Testament

The Old Testament Challenge starts in 29 days. Are you needing a primer? by Fr. George Florovsky The famous phrase of St. Augustine can be taken as typical of the whole Patristic attitude towards the Old Dispensation. Novum Testamentum in Vetere latet. Vetus Testamentum in Novo patet. The New Testament is an accomplishment or a […]

How Intercessory Prayer Works in Christ According to the Bible

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Does the Bible tell us to go ‘directly to Jesus’, or is there something else it reveals about Christian intercessory prayer? Among those sections that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, independent of Mark, have in common, almost all are directly didactic. That is to say, those sections almost invariably […]

The 2016 Old Testament Challenge

One month from today, we begin our second Preachers Institute Old Testament Challenge. What is the Old Testament Challenge? Like the New Testament Challenge, it will offer a schedule to read the entire Old Testament (according to the Orthodox Canon). If you don’t have one, an Orthodox Study Bible is recommended. Get one HERE. How […]

The Oath of an Orthodox Doctor

THE OATH OF FOURTEENTH-CENTURY GEORGIAN ORTHODOX DOCTORS IS PUBLISHED The Karibche.ambebi.ge website has published the oath of fourteenth-century Georgian Orthodox doctors which is similar to the world-famous Hippocratic oath but has some fundamental distinctions (chiefly due to its Christian component), reports Blagovest-info. The oath’s text is given below. The oath of an Orthodox doctor: “Hallowed […]