Heaven & Hell in the Afterlife Acc. To The Bible

By Peter Chopelas I (Fr. John) came across this excellent article recently, and used it to craft an important sermon on heaven and hell in the afterlife according to the Scriptures and the teaching of the Orthodox Church, and found it to be an excellent and thorough resource for this important homiletic topic. Since then, […]

Get Your Blog On

Now that we are less than two weeks away from beginning our 30 (40) Days of Blogging, and as a part of this endeavor, the Preachers Institute will offer some help, suggestions, ideas, guidelines, and hopefully a few basic, default ideas for starting your blog. First, begin planning your 30-40 day blogging schedule. It need […]

Forum Update!

Dear Fellow Preachers: Glory to Jesus Christ! As you may have noticed, we have removed the Forum. As you know, the purpose of such a forum is to help fellow preachers get to where they want to be. However, it was not what our readers and writers needed at this time. Stay tuned, and check […]

30 (40) Days of Blogging

30 (40) Days of Blogging Here at the Preachers Institute, we are intensely interested in helping pastors, preachers and evangelists prepare themselves for the art of preaching. Many Orthodox preachers, priests, deacons, teachers and evangelists have entertained the idea of starting a blog – something which would be of immense interest and help to their […]

REVIEW: The Art of Speaking Workshop

The Art of Speaking Workshop by Fr. John A. Peck Having returned from the “Art of Speaking” Workshop, I find myself happily surprised. In the two decades I’ve been listening to Orthodox homilies, in many parishes in many states, I’m quite confident in saying that (in my experience) most Orthodox preaching is generally poor.  By […]

Sermons and Snickers Bars

by Fr. John A. Peck This little article recounts an important object lesson, given at a St. Herman Seminary homiletics class in 1996. I attended St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska. At that distant outpost of theological instruction, we took homiletics very seriously, as we knew that on any given day or week, we might […]

The Preaching Pyramid

By Fr. John A. Peck We all know sermon preparation is important, but this article answers the specific questions: “What kind?” “How much?” This article was originally published by Preachers Institute in June of 2009, but remains a regular favorite, according to the traffic we get. We are reprinting it here, to be followed by […]

Preaching Christ Crucified

Welcome to the Preachers Institute. The Preachers Institute is an Orthodox Christian Homiletics Resource site, which will soon be offering articles, workshops, seminars and exercises designed to assist and improve the exposition of the Gospel in the Orthodox Christian Church. As St. Paul says, But we preach Christ crucified; a stumbling block to the Jews, […]