Forum Update!

Dear Fellow Preachers: Glory to Jesus Christ! As you may have noticed, we have removed the Forum. As you know, the purpose of such a forum is to help fellow preachers get to where they want to be. However, it was not what our readers and writers needed at this time. Stay tuned, and check […]

30 (40) Days of Blogging

30 (40) Days of Blogging Here at the Preachers Institute, we are intensely interested in helping pastors, preachers and evangelists prepare themselves for the art of preaching. Many Orthodox preachers, priests, deacons, teachers and evangelists have entertained the idea of starting a blog – something which would be of immense interest and help to their […]

REVIEW: The Art of Speaking Workshop

The Art of Speaking Workshop by Fr. John A. Peck Having returned from the “Art of Speaking” Workshop, I find myself happily surprised. In the two decades I’ve been listening to Orthodox homilies, in many parishes in many states, I’m quite confident in saying that (in my experience) most Orthodox preaching is generally poor.  By […]

Traveling to Boston

Friends, you have, no doubt, noticed that new updates have been rather slow on the Preachers Institute these past few weeks. This is in anticipation of The “Art of Speaking” Workshop and another special event coming this December. Therefore, I’m letting you know that there will be no updates on the Preachers Institute Website this […]

Sermons and Snickers Bars

by Fr. John A. Peck This little article recounts an important object lesson, given at a St. Herman Seminary homiletics class in 1996. I attended St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska. At that distant outpost of theological instruction, we took homiletics very seriously, as we knew that on any given day or week, we might […]

The Preaching Pyramid

By Fr. John A. Peck We all know sermon preparation is important, but this article answers the specific questions: “What kind?” “How much?” This article was originally published by Preachers Institute in June of 2009, but remains a regular favorite, according to the traffic we get. We are reprinting it here, to be followed by […]

St. John Chrysostom

St. John was the Archbishop of Constantinople during the fourth century. He was fearless when denouncing sin in high places, and was a prolific writer, and bold preacher, unafraid to hit the topical issues of the day squarely between the eyes with all the subtlety of a ball peen hammer. He had many powerful enemies, […]

St. Maximus the Confessor

St. Maximus the Confessor was a monk and teacher, well versed in rhetoric and the classical arts. He wrote against false teachings about Christ when few would do so. His enemies had little defense against his logic, and so rather than answer his arguments, they cut off his right hand and tore out his tongue, […]