Sermon Self-Evaluation: Tips and Techniques

by Fr. John A. Peck The art and craft of sermon evaluation is a necessary part of improving one’s preaching. Sadly, there are few opportunities for serious preachers to learn about evaluation and practice it. Opportunities are even more scarce for the Orthodox preacher. That being said, we are approaching some important holy days in […]

AAA: Reading the Bible the Orthodox Way

Now that we have entered Advent/Nativity Fast, and many of us have begun the 2009 New Testament Challenge (some will begin on Dec. 1st), I’d like to make a simple offering about the actual reading of the Holy Scriptures. When I am teaching my parishioners or catechumens to read the Bible, few actually ask how […]

Behold, NOW Is The Blogging Time

by Fr. John A. Peck We have been getting ready for a solid 30 (40) Days of Blogging and today is the day we begin. Let me begin by wishing you all a blessed and fruitful Nativity Fast. This is a busy time for pastors, but it is also a time laden with unexpected opportunities. […]

Beware the BLOG!

Well, we have reached the big day. Tomorrow begins our 30 (40) Days of Blogging. I wish you all the very best in this endeavor and hope that the articles we posted in the days leading up to Nov. 15th have been at least useful, and perhaps even provided you with material for your own […]

Blogging On The Uncategorizable

Look at this picture. I spent some time pondering it. It defies simple categorization, in my humble opinion. A girl wrapping herself in the flag? A green-eyed patriotic American muslim?  A young woman afraid of what too much patriotism can effect? Is this a statement on encroaching Shariah law?What is this photo saying? In truth, […]

Patristic Blogging

Blogging on the writings of the Fathers offers some unique things to the prospective blogger! First, the writings of the Fathers are a treasury of theology, truth, wisdom, instruction, and just plain old fashioned good advice. They offer to the reader a chance to see a reflection of the Gospel teachings as expressed in different […]

Reporting and Reposting: Aggregate Blogging

In writing a blog post, often we see, even in our favorite blogs, that the author has reposted, linked to, reported on and/or commented on something they have seen on the Internet, television, heard on the radio, or read in a book, magazine or newspaper. A news story, an opinion piece, an excellent essay, a […]

Apologetic Blogging – The Wave of the Future

The Orthodox Church suffers from an abysmal lack of cogent apologetic material. Interestingly, thanks to blogging, I believe this will change soon. Someone like you or me will get so tired of not having the kind of printed material we need, that we’ll just make it ourselves, and in the day of print-on-demand publishers (see […]