REVIEW: The Art of Speaking Workshop

The Art of Speaking Workshop by Fr. John A. Peck Having returned from the “Art of Speaking” Workshop, I find myself happily surprised. In the two decades I’ve been listening to Orthodox homilies, in many parishes in many states, I’m quite confident in saying that (in my experience) most Orthodox preaching is generally poor.  By […]

The Preaching Pyramid

By Fr. John A. Peck We all know sermon preparation is important, but this article answers the specific questions: “What kind?” “How much?” This article was originally published by Preachers Institute in June of 2009, but remains a regular favorite, according to the traffic we get. We are reprinting it here, to be followed by […]

Preaching Christ Crucified

Welcome to the Preachers Institute. The Preachers Institute is an Orthodox Christian Homiletics Resource site, which will soon be offering articles, workshops, seminars and exercises designed to assist and improve the exposition of the Gospel in the Orthodox Christian Church. As St. Paul says, But we preach Christ crucified; a stumbling block to the Jews, […]

Fear and Loathing in Preaching

The following has been excerpted from an article by Fr. Aris Metrakos,  entitled, On The Priesthood, and published in 2002 by Orthodoxytoday.org. The more we pray, the better we preach. Why? Because it frees the Holy Spirit to guide the thoughts and words of the homilist. At the same time, preparing and delivering sermons is […]

The Homilist

Homiletics in theology the application of the general principles of rhetoric to the specific work of public preaching. The one who practices or studies homiletics is called a homilist. Homiletics (Greek homiletikos, from homilos, to assemble together), is one of those disciplines which is easy to do, but difficult to do well.  The terms homily […]