Sermon 21 on the Nativity of Christ

by St. Leo the Great On the Nativity of Christ – Our father among the saints, Leo the Great was the bishop of Rome during difficult times. He was an eminent scholar of Scripture and rhetoric. During an invasion by Attila the Hun, St. Leo met him outside the gates of Rome. After some short […]

Sermon Self-Evaluation: Tips and Techniques

by Fr. John A. Peck The art and craft of sermon evaluation is a necessary part of improving one’s preaching. Sadly, there are few opportunities for serious preachers to learn about evaluation and practice it. Opportunities are even more scarce for the Orthodox preacher. That being said, we are approaching some important holy days in […]

The Manhattan Declaration

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2009—Today a group of prominent Orthodox, Catholic and evangelical Christian clergy, ministry leaders and scholars released the Manhattan Declaration, which addresses the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty.  The 4,700-word declaration issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere to their convictions and informs civil authorities that the signers will […]

AAA: Reading the Bible the Orthodox Way

Now that we have entered Advent/Nativity Fast, and many of us have begun the 2009 New Testament Challenge (some will begin on Dec. 1st), I’d like to make a simple offering about the actual reading of the Holy Scriptures. When I am teaching my parishioners or catechumens to read the Bible, few actually ask how […]

Behold, NOW Is The Blogging Time

by Fr. John A. Peck We have been getting ready for a solid 30 (40) Days of Blogging and today is the day we begin. Let me begin by wishing you all a blessed and fruitful Nativity Fast. This is a busy time for pastors, but it is also a time laden with unexpected opportunities. […]

Sermon On The Entry Of The Theotokos

Discourse on the Feast of the Entry of Our Most Pure Lady The Theotokos into the Holy Of Holies by St. Gregory Palamas A week from today we celebrate this great feast of our Christian faith. Our father among the saints Gregory Palamas (1296-1359), Archbishop of Thessalonica, was a monk of Mount Athos in Greece […]

Beware the BLOG!

Well, we have reached the big day. Tomorrow begins our 30 (40) Days of Blogging. I wish you all the very best in this endeavor and hope that the articles we posted in the days leading up to Nov. 15th have been at least useful, and perhaps even provided you with material for your own […]

Blogging On The Uncategorizable

Look at this picture. I spent some time pondering it. It defies simple categorization, in my humble opinion. A girl wrapping herself in the flag? A green-eyed patriotic American muslim?  A young woman afraid of what too much patriotism can effect? Is this a statement on encroaching Shariah law?What is this photo saying? In truth, […]