4 Reasons to Start a Mid-Week Sermon Feedback Meeting

By Eric McKiddie Pastors need feedback in order to improve their sermons. But helpful feedback on your sermon is hard to come by. “Thank you” from our church as they shuffle out encourages us, but doesn’t tell us what we did well or why. Nor can we trust the woulda-coulda-shouldas that flood our head in […]

Being a Clergyman Today Means Scaling the Most Difficult and Greatest Heights

by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow October 26, 2014. His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, presided over the Great Consecration of a church in honor of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian on the premises of the Saratov Theological Seminary and celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the newly consecrated church on […]

Homily On The Nativity Of The Most Pure Theotokos

By St. Demetrius, Metropolitan of Rostov The Lord, Who lives in the heavens, wishing to appear on earth and abide with men, first prepared a dwelling place of His glory: His Most Pure Mother. For it is the custom of kings that in whatsoever city they desire to live, a place of residence be prepared […]

On The Cross

by St. Theophan the Recluse The Lord accomplished our salvation by His death on the Cross: on the Cross He tore up the handwriting of our sins; through the Cross He reconciled us with our God and Father; and through the Cross He brought down upon us grace-filled gifts and all heavenly blessings. But this […]

Homily On Prayer

by St. Theophan the Recluse Why is it, you ask, that one can pray for so many years with a prayer book, and still not have prayer in his heart? I think the reason is that people only spend a little time lifting themselves up to God when they complete their prayer rule, and in […]

The House Of God

by St. John of Kronstadt Let us faithfully praise the Virgin Mary, for she is brought into the Holy of Holies, to be raised in the Lord. Ekos from Matins On this day, my brethren, the holy Church celebrates the solemn Entry into the temple in Jerusalem of the three-year-old child, Mary—the blessed daughter of […]

Sermon on the Day of his Ordination

by St. Leo the Great Having been elected in absence he returns thanks for the kindness and earnestly demands the prayers of his church “Let my mouth speak the praise of the Lord,” and my breath and spirit, my flesh and tongue bless His holy Name. For it is a sign, not of a modest, […]

Why You Should Write Your Sermons At Least Two Weeks In Advance

by Bob Hostetler Saw this and thought to myself – “Self, could you do this? I mean, week after week, successfully?” Early in my ministry, Thursdays were my sermon prep day—for the coming Sunday (I’ve never been a Saturday guy; just can’t live that close to the edge). And when we started Cobblestone, eight or […]