The Genius of Chrysostom

by Carl A. Volz John Chrysostom loved to preach. “Preaching improves me,” he once told his congregation. “When I begin to speak, weariness disappears; when I begin to teach, fatigue too disappears. Thus neither sickness itself nor indeed any other obstacle is able to separate me from your love.… For just as you are hungry […]

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 […]

6 Must-Have Qualities You Should Find in Any Good Preacher

by Ben Mandrell You probably have noticed that preachers come in all shapes and sizes. There are big, gregarious, sweaty-foreheaded preachers. There are short, slim, soft-spoken preachers. There are creative preachers who always have a slick gadget or a clever object of illustration. There are King James preachers who love “thees” and “thous” of Thy […]

7 Shortcuts to Hitting Your 10,000 Hours as a Preacher

by Eric McKiddie It takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert at something, according Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers. That’s not very good news for preachers. To reach that number, you would have to preach a one-hour sermon every week for over 190 years, if you only counted the time spent […]

Learning From A Preacher’s Preacher

by Fr. Thomas Frisby Awhile ago (5 years now!) I (Fr. John) published Sermons and Snickers Bars, a recounting of an important lesson my own homiletics teacher, Fr. Michael Dunaway, imparted to us at St. Herman Seminary. There are many stories of important lessons garnered by Orthodox clergy who desire to sharpen their skill in […]

4 Types of Preachers: Which Style Are You?

by Lawrence Wilson Saw this on the blog Lawrence W. Wilson – Suburban Pastor and thought it very worthy of republishing. Thanks to Pastor Wilson for giving me permission to share it with you. Preaching has been the central element in most Protestant worship services for over 500 years. It’s the main thing pastors do, […]

St. John Chrysostom for the 21st Century

  by Fr. Josiah Trenham Originally, we published this outstanding presentation four years ago. It is very worth a read at this time in the history of the Church. This presentation was an address delivered at a Convocation of the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA on November […]

The Importance of St. John Chrysostom

Is it not excessively ridiculous to seek the good opinion of those whom you would never wish to be like?  – Homilies on the Gospel of Saint John, Homily III Today is the feast day of St. John Chrysostom, one of the greatest preachers who ever walked the earth. During a time when city clergy […]