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 […]

Today Only: $5.00 Sale

Friends of Preachers Institute, Today only EVERYTHING in the Preachers Institute online store is only $5.00 This pre-holiday sale ends on Thanskgiving Day, that is – it’s over Wednesday night –  so if you’ve been waiting to find a particular Ebook at discount, this is your chance. Any of these ebooks is a great help […]

Why the Mother of God is the Greatest of All Saints

by St. Silouan the Athonite She never performed a single miracle during her earthly life. Even Time magazine has featured her on the cover more often than any other person. So why is the Ever-Virgin Mary considered the greatest of all the saints in the history of Christianity?  The humble soul is blessed. The Lord loves […]

The Nativity Fast & The Orthodox Tradition

We are into the Nativity Fast. For us, the Nativity Fast serves to refresh the last part of the year – mystically renewing our spiritual unity with God and preparing us for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ. St. Leo the Great wrote: “Four periods [of the year] have been set aside as times […]

The Difference Between the Emotional, the Physical, and the Spiritual

by Elder Sampson (Sievers) One must always remember the difference between the emotional, the spiritual, and the physical: the life of the spirit, the life of the soul (that is, the senses and emotions, and the life of the body. This is exactly where there is so much confusion. By the way, the Western [Christian] […]

The Purpose of God’s Providence is to Unite

by St. Maximus the Confessor The purpose of God’s Providence is to unite, by means of right faith and spiritual love, people who have been separated by evil. To this end the Savior also suffered for us, “in order to gather together the children of God who were scattered.” (John 11:52) (St. Maximus Confessor, Chapters […]

Repentance for the Righteous and for the Heathen

by Hermas of the 70 (1st century) “For the Lord has sworn by His glory, in regard to His elect, that if any one of them sin after a certain day which has been fixed, he shall not be saved. For the repentance of the righteous has limits. Filled up are the days of repentance […]

Tradition: To Follow Where the Church Leads

by St. Vincent of Lerins If someone wants to be protected from tricks and remain healthy in the faith, he must confine his faith first to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, and secondly to the Tradition of the Church. But someone may ask, is not the canon of Scripture sufficient for everything, and why […]