On The Naming Of Children

by St. John Chrysostom “So let the name of the saints enter our homes through the naming of our children, to train not only the child but the father, when he reflects that he is the father of John or Elijah or James; for, if the name be given with forethought to pay honor to […]

Five Things Every Sermon Needs

by Michael Lukaszewski Preaching more doesn’t make you a better preacher. In fact, it might keep you stuck in a rut. So how do you preach a sermon that is faithful to the text, honors God, and connects with the congregation? Here are five things every sermon needs. 1. Tension. Too many times, messages answer […]

St. Paul’s Letter To American Christians

by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama, on 4 November 1956. I would like to share with you an imaginary letter from the pen of the Apostle Paul. The postmark reveals that it comes from the city of Ephesus. After opening the letter I discovered that […]

A Letter From One Of ‘The Folks’

I have learned over the years that the best feedback about preaching comes from ‘the folks’ – the ones who actually listen (not just hear). If you are not used to getting feedback from laypeople, other than an occasional ‘attaboy’ on Sundays, I strongly recommend it. Their insights cut right to the bone of what […]

Sermon for the Sunday of St. John Climacus

by Metroplitan Philaret In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. More than once, brethren, the fact has been mentioned that on each Sunday in the Great Fast (i.e., Lent) there are other commemorations besides that of the Resurrection. Thus, on this day, the Church glorifies the righteous […]

On The Cross

by St. Ephraim the Syrian “The Cross abolished idolatrous adulation, enlightened the whole universe, gathered all the nations into one Church and united them with love. The Cross is the resurrection of the dead. The Cross is the hope of Christians. The Cross is the staff for the lame. The Cross is comfort for the […]

On The Holy Cross

by St. John Chrysostom “The Cross of the Lord is unpleasant and sorrowful to the ear, but it consists of joy and gladness. It is the originator not so much of suffering as much as of passionlessness. For Jews the Cross is temptation, for pagans it is madness, but for us believers it reminds us […]

The Hunt For The Good Sermon

by John Wilson Is preaching in America in a particularly bad state? Yes, it is – but the good news is that Orthodox Christian preaching is getting better. Several commentators have recently raised the question, yet it has a long history. “It has become an impertinent Vein among People of all Sorts,” wrote Jonathan Swift […]