The Genius of Chrysostom

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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

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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...

6 Must-Have Qualities You Should Find in Any Good Preacher

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by Ben Mandrell You probably have noticed that preachers come in all shapes and sizes. There are big, gregarious, sweaty-foreheaded preachers. There are short, slim, soft-spoken preachers. There are creative preachers who always have a slick gadget or a clever object of illustration. There are King James preachers who love "thees" and "thous" of Thy Holy Word. So what makes a faithful preacher? ... More...

7 Shortcuts to Hitting Your 10,000 Hours as a Preacher

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by Eric McKiddie It takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert at something, according Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers. That’s not very good news for preachers. To reach that number, you would have to preach a one-hour sermon every week for over 190 years, if you only counted the time spent preaching your Sunday morning sermon. But there are many more ways than preaching ... More...

Learning From A Preacher’s Preacher

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by Fr. Thomas Frisby Awhile ago (5 years now!) I (Fr. John) published Sermons and Snickers Bars, a recounting of an important lesson my own homiletics teacher, Fr. Michael Dunaway, imparted to us at St. Herman Seminary. There are many stories of important lessons garnered by Orthodox clergy who desire to sharpen their skill in preaching. Here is one such. If you have a story about your own ... More...