Preachers Institute Store Is Now Open

We are proud to announce the opening of the Preachers Institute Online Store! by clicking on the image to the left, you will be taken directly to our growing inventory of ebooks, pamphlets, paperback and hardcover texts uniquely available at the Preachers Institute. All of our materials are available in electronic format and in print […]

2010 New Testament Challenge

During every Nativity Fast, I offer my spiritual children and parishioners an exercise in Scripture which I call “The New Testament Challenge.” It’s really not all that challenging, but for someone who has never read the entire New Testament before, it is an excellent time for just such an exercise. If you begin on Nov. […]

Commandments of St. Basil to Priests

On this post, we invite and want to encourage comments. I think that few clergy would argue with the instructions given below, but how many will do them or even stand up for them? Note especially the very first injunction, and it’s relationship to preaching. Taken from the Metropolis of Denver website. Study, O priest, […]

10 Mistakes in Blogging

by Deacon Michael Hyatt Deacon Michael Hyatt is the Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the largest Bible publisher in the world. His blog is a treasure chest of wisdom and enlightenment on leadership, vision and responsibility. He also has a popular podcast, At The Intersection of East and West, on Ancient Faith Radio. […]

Seminarians: Act Now On Opportunities For You

Orthodox seminarians – don’t delay. There are several opportunities for you which you will not want to miss. Sermon of the Month – students enrolled in an Orthodox seminary in North America are all eligible, and encouraged, to enter. Mark your career early as an effectual preacher of the Gospel. Your sermons will be evaluated […]

The Place For Preaching: Part 5 – The Lectern

by Fr. John A. Peck The final installment of our five part series. A Short History of the Liturgical Location for Preaching: The Ambo, the Pulpit and the Lectern. You can read from the beginning by clicking HERE. The Lectern (Analogion) The Lectern (from the Latin lectus, past participle of legere, “to read”) is a […]

The Place For Preaching: Part 4 – Exterior Pulpit

There is a wonderful history of outdoor, or exterior pulpits, attached to Churches in the west. As stated previously, exterior pulpits were used for funeral orations in the churchyard, for the preaching of pilgrimages, or for the exhibition of relics, and were often built outside of the churches, and many cathedrals. As you will see, there is a great variety in the design and placement of exterior pulpits, adding to their flexibility of use, ornamentation, and installation.