To the Preacher: K.I.S.S.

by Fr. Lawrence Farley For the Orthodox priest, preaching is a fearful responsibility: the Holy Gospel has just been solemnly chanted in Church, and the assembled people of God have greeted the Lord in their midst with the words, “Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You!” Then, as if he has something to add […]

7 TEDTalks That Will Make You a Better Preacher

By Megan Briggs   You may have studied exegesis, theology, and even counseling people in seminary, but what did you learn about body language, the mechanics of speaking, and overcoming stage fright  TED has been known to provide some incredibly helpful information for leaders and innovators. In other words, their content is a gold mine […]

On the Responsibility for the Scarcity of Preaching

From the book, Preaching Another Christ: An Orthodox View of Evangelicalism by St. Theophan the Recluse  I agree with you that the priests must speak with the faithful more often and converse with them both inside and outside the church. I do not agree, though, that, if this does not happen, the parishioners lack spiritual […]

On Church Preaching

The Moscow Council December 1, 1917 Church preaching, in accordance with the Word of God (Matt. 28:19-20. Mk. 16:15, Acts 1:8, 1 Cor. 9:16, 2 Tim. 4:2, et al.), Church Canons (Apostolic Canons 36 and 58, Canon 19 of the Sixth Ecumenical Council, Canon 2 of the Seventh Ecumenical Council), and the directions of the […]

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 […]