About Fr. John A. Peck

Director of the Preachers Institute, priest in the Orthodox Church in America, award-winning graphic designer and media consultant, and non-profit administrator.
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What Repentance Is

by St. John Climacus “Repentance is the renewal of Baptism. Repentance is a contract with God for a second life… Repentance is a constant distrust of bodily comfort… Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by practice of good deeds contrary to the sins. Repentance […]

The Mysteries of the Faith Are Not to Be Divulged to All

by St. Clement of Alexandria But since this tradition is not published alone for him who perceives the magnificence of the word; it is requisite, therefore, to hide in a mystery the wisdom spoken, which the Son of God taught. Now, therefore, Isaiah the prophet has his tongue purified by fire, so that he may […]

Suicide: Why the Church Does What it Does

by Fr. John A. Peck “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34). The following is an excerpt of a talk on Suicide in Christian History given at the 3rd Annual Orthodox Bioethics Conference held in Daly City, CA and sponsored by the Vicariate for Palestinian/Jordanian Orthodox Christian Communities in the […]

“The main problem of our time is doing little with a general habit of verbosity”

Our final installment of the responses to the question posed to Russian priests: How should we preach Christ in modern society? Enjoy! by Priest Dimitry Shishkin Preaching Christ is above all expressed in imitating Him and not in words only. This imitation in a deep, spiritual and precise way is only possible in the body […]

“People Thirst for Common Kindness and not Rhetorical Skills”

Each day this week, we will publish a different response to the question posed to Russian priests: How should we preach Christ in modern society? Enjoy! by Priest Valery Dukhanin Here is a short story of our days. An Orthodox parishioner of one ancient monastery went to Israel. It so happened that she became the […]

“Above all, we should tell people that God is Love”

Each day this week, we will publish a different response to the question posed to Russian priests: How should we preach Christ in modern society? Enjoy! by Priest Dimitry Vydumkin It is crystal clear that our society is infected with a shortage of love. A deep connection between people is being supplanted by purely “business […]

“The Orthodox Faith is Comprehensible to Highly Intelligent and Simple People Alike”

Each day this week, we will publish a different response to the question posed to Russian priests: How should we preach Christ in modern society? Enjoy! by Priest Alexander Dyachenko Modern people have access to a wide range of information. It is something we didn’t have in my time and we had barely nothing to […]

“We can only talk about Spiritual Life based on our own Experience”

Each day this week, we will publish a different response to the question posed to Russian priests: How should we preach Christ in modern society? Enjoy! by Priest Sergei Begiyan The most eloquent preaching is performed through deeds. These are not necessarily large-scale acts of charity. It is when you, obeying the commandment, hold your […]