7 Pitfalls to Avoid in Preaching

by Michael J. Kruger Preaching is hard work. To those sitting in the pews, preaching can look relatively effortless—especially when it’s done well. But don’t be fooled. Preaching exhausts the body and soul in ways incommensurate with its duration. I could work in the yard all day in 90-degree heat and (somehow) feel less exhausted […]

The Hottest Thing at Church Today

by Tim Challies According to a new study by Gallup, the hottest thing at church today is not the worship and not the pastor. It’s not the smoke and lights and it’s not the hip and relevant youth programs. It’s not even the organic, fair trade coffee at the cafe. The hottest thing at church […]

Developing a Theology of Failure

by Dennis McCallum and Gary DeLashmutt Have you tried and failed? Repeatedly? I have, in many areas of my life. If you want to succeed at preaching, embrace a theology of failure. You must be willing to fail more often than other have even tried. Failure separates the quitters from the servants. The biggest problem […]

How to Teach Your Children to Read and Understand the King James Version of the Bible

by Fr. John Whiteford Why? Before getting into the question of how you get teach your children to read and understand the King James Version, we should probably first discuss why you should want to do so. If you are an English speaker, even if you are an atheist you should want your child to […]

The Great Preacher

By Fr. Ephraim Once an older priest went up to a remote village in order to comfort and support the weary. The village was perched on a cliff, a living painting, and there was a small church in the middle next to the fairytale-like stone houses. Behind the sanctuary of the church was the cemetery […]

Sermon Content Is What Appeals Most to Churchgoers

by Lydia Saad STORY HIGHLIGHTS Three in four worshippers say sermons a major factor in why they go Youth programs, outreach and volunteer opportunities also important Preferring to worship solo is main reason non-attenders eschew services WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Easter and Passover help fill churches and synagogues this week, a new Gallup poll suggests […]

Preparing Homilies

by Fr. John Guy Winfrey Preaching is a task that we priests do at least every Sunday, and many of us more often. St John Chrysostom, my patron Saint, said that this is one of the most important tasks of the priest. I have been asked in the past how I prepare homilies. I preach […]

Merry Christmas

Here at Preachers Institute, we wish to offer a greeting of peace and joy for the Lord’s Nativity. For those on the Old Calendar, Happy St. Herman’s Day (we’ll offer greetings again in Jan.) Enjoy this little virtual Christmas card (on the right) in honor of the Lord’s birth. It is our fervent desire and […]