Vatican Tells Clergy: Keep Homilies to Eight Minutes

I don’t normally post on heterodox churches and their preaching instruction, but this is a significant piece of news. Note especially the last paragraph. A very bad sign for western Christianity. Sermonettes make Christianettes.  The book of Genesis says God created the heavens and Earth in less than a week. Now, Catholic clergy are being asked […]

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 […]

Did Orthodox Christians Applaud During Sermons?

In case you were wondering, yes – Orthodox Christians used to applaud regularly during the sermon at Constantinople. Yes, they did. And the admonitions of this piece from the Golden-mouth apply likewise to preachers, and listeners, today. by St. John Chrysostom It is this that ruins churches, that you do not seek to hear sermons that […]

Conditions Favorable for Preaching Well

by Humbert of Romans Among the conditions favorable for preaching well, freedom from all other occupations must take first place. That is why the Apostles assigned the care of the table to the deacons, in order that they could devote themselves more freely to preaching, saying: “It is not desirable that we should forsake the […]

Ten Key Questions For Sermon Preparation

Here are 10 key question for sermon prep – after you read them ALL, are there any questions you would add? From the Dash/House blog. There are many ways to prepare a sermon. When preparing a sermon on a passage of Scripture, though, I’ve found that there are ten questions that every preacher must answer. […]

Ebook: Formation of Preachers

The Ebook “On the Formation of Preachers” is once again available in Ebook (PDF) format through Preachers Institute, and it can be in your inbox in seconds. Newly formatted for easy of printing and reading on your own printer! A venerable text on the formation of preachers, called (not surprisingly) “On The Formation Of Preachers“ […]

Discerning Your Vocation to the Priesthood Ebook Now Available

The Calling. Those of us who are clergy know it and know how relentless and ephemeral it can be sometimes. Discerning a Vocation to Holy Orders (Deacon, Priest, or Bishop) is not something to be taken lightly, or under one’s own initiative. This guide, originally made available during the “You’re On with Fr. John” program on […]

Bi-Vocational Physician Fired From Job Over Sermon Content

Well, here we are. This is what it means to be a Christian preacher today. Count the cost, and then get to work, but don’t mistake what this means – this means we are winning. Bi-vocational pastors be warned – what you say from the pulpit on Sunday could get you fired from your public […]