Final Questions and Answers Before the Old Testament Challenge

by Fr. John A. Peck The following questions have been submitted to me privately by email or chat.  Should I read in the morning or evening? Good question – here’s the answer. When do you normally say your prayers? Read the Epistle and Gospel as a part of your rule of prayer? I would try […]

The 2016 Old Testament Challenge

One month from today, we begin our second Preachers Institute Old Testament Challenge. What is the Old Testament Challenge? Like the New Testament Challenge, it will offer a schedule to read the entire Old Testament (according to the Orthodox Canon). If you don’t have one, an Orthodox Study Bible is recommended. Get one HERE. How […]

“I Charge You in the Presence…”

Immediately after telling Timothy that “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” (2 Timothy 3:12) St. Paul follows with this instruction to the new bishop. I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by […]

Inoculating Your Listeners Against the Gospel

Originally published as Inoculating Against the Gospel on Preachers Institute in January 2010, this article is one of our most popular and clearly belongs in the “Bad Sermons 101” category. The questions a preacher must consider when preparing his sermon are many.  One such question must be: “Is my sermon a vaccination against sin and […]

The Old Testament Challenge: Victory

Victory! It’s Dec. 24th and the Old Testament Challenge is complete.  If you still have some catching up to do on your reading, today is your day! If you have kept up with the reading schedule, you have now read, word for word, the entire Orthodox canon of the Old Testament in 100 days! You […]

The Final Countdown… The Last Day

It’s the Final Countdown, and today is the last day of our Old Testament Challenge! Today we complete the book of the Prophet Daniel. In Chapter 13 of Daniel, we are privy to a most mystical and profound narrative – the story of the righteous Susannah. It is no exaggeration to say that all generations of […]

It’s the Final Countdown… 2 Days Left

It’s the Final Countdown… 2 days left Today we begin the book of the Prophet Daniel. He prophesied during the Babylonian captivity. The purpose of this book is to provide a historical account how the Lord God protected and provided for His faithful followers while in captivity.  In the first six chapters, which we are […]

The Final Countdown… 3

It’s the Final Countdown… 3 Days to go! Today on the final countdown, we complete our reading of the Prophet Ezekiel. In today’s reading, Ezekiel is surveying the Temple, and then experiences a divine vision of the glory of God. In Chapter 44, we get the prophecy of the Prince – Christ – and the […]