Patristic Blogging

Blogging on the writings of the Fathers offers some unique things to the prospective blogger! First, the writings of the Fathers are a treasury of theology, truth, wisdom, instruction, and just plain old fashioned good advice. They offer to the reader a chance to see a reflection of the Gospel teachings as expressed in different […]

Reporting and Reposting: Aggregate Blogging

In writing a blog post, often we see, even in our favorite blogs, that the author has reposted, linked to, reported on and/or commented on something they have seen on the Internet, television, heard on the radio, or read in a book, magazine or newspaper. A news story, an opinion piece, an excellent essay, a […]

Apologetic Blogging – The Wave of the Future

The Orthodox Church suffers from an abysmal lack of cogent apologetic material. Interestingly, thanks to blogging, I believe this will change soon. Someone like you or me will get so tired of not having the kind of printed material we need, that we’ll just make it ourselves, and in the day of print-on-demand publishers (see […]

Axios! Fr. Dcn. Barnabas Powell

Here at the Preachers Institute, we wish to offer our congratulations to our brother in the Lord, Barnabas Powell, who today received the laying on of hands to the Holy Diaconate! Fr. Dcn. Barnabas is not only a friend, he is one of us – a member of the Preachers Institute, and student at Holy […]

SAINTS ALIVE! Blogging

Every week in my parish bulletin, I include a short life of one of the saints commemorated in the coming week. (You can find my weekly bulletins here, if you care to see – Weekly Bulletins from Prescott) I try to include a wide variety of saints – well known, obscure, men, women, children, families, […]

Playing Catch: Evaluating an Effective Sermon

by Fr. Jonathan Cholcher Sermons can always be better, that is, more effective. Improvement does not happen by accident, but by the deliberate process of understanding key elements of sermon effectiveness and constantly evaluating one’s performance based on these criteria. Three key elements, or criteria, are suggested by the ancient writer Plutarch’s likening of public […]

Ready…Set…Blog!

Yesterday, I wrote about setting a simple blog schedule and using the Calendar to ‘fill in’ some basic, but personally significant dates. I also mentioned how easy it was to prepare these in advance, write them up and then schedule them for publication on the desired date – that way, the ‘work’ of the writing […]

Heaven & Hell in the Afterlife Acc. To The Bible

By Peter Chopelas I (Fr. John) came across this excellent article recently, and used it to craft an important sermon on heaven and hell in the afterlife according to the Scriptures and the teaching of the Orthodox Church, and found it to be an excellent and thorough resource for this important homiletic topic. Since then, […]