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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Day 36 – Work

Work needed

The topic for Sat. December 20 – Day 36 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is WORK Work has value. Young men with energy need work, or they find trouble, idleness and fancy. Young women need work, or they find trouble with young men. Everyone doesn't need work, but most of us do. Jesus worked. The Apostles worked. Even monks and nuns work. Work is not life, but can bring great meaning to our ... More...

Day 35 – Handmade Gift


The topic for Fri. December 19 – Day 35 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is HANDMADE GIFT Originally, the exchange of gifts consisted exclusively of handmade gifts. It is one of the original Christmas traditions! Have you ever made one? Have you ever received one? What would you like to be yours? ... More...

The Genius of Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom 2

by Carl A. Volz John Chrysostom loved to preach. “Preaching improves me,” he once told his congregation. “When I begin to speak, weariness disappears; when I begin to teach, fatigue too disappears. Thus neither sickness itself nor indeed any other obstacle is able to separate me from your love.… For just as you are hungry to listen to me, so too I am hungry to preach to you.” And ... More...

4 Reasons to Start a Mid-Week Sermon Feedback Meeting


By Eric McKiddie Pastors need feedback in order to improve their sermons. But helpful feedback on your sermon is hard to come by. “Thank you” from our church as they shuffle out encourages us, but doesn’t tell us what we did well or why. Nor can we trust the woulda-coulda-shouldas that flood our head in the car ride home. I don’t know about you, but after preaching Sunday morning my brain ... More...

Day 34 – Chocolate

choco frog

The topic for Thurs. December 18 – Day 34 of our 30 (40) Days of Blogging is CHOCOLATE Not exactly a Biblical topic, but with a week left to go before Nativity, I thought a little mental foretaste of something good would whet your appetite, so to speak, for finishing strong! There are many kinds and shapes of chocolate, of course.       ... More...