Nov
08

People Want Loving, Active, Joyful, and Evangelical Leadership

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A couple of months ago, Pew Research announced a finding that surprised me: 49% of Americans want preachers to speak about "political issues."  This was roughly the same percentage that do NOT want them to do so.  I have not looked closely at the data, but I am willing to bet that people who go to church are more heavily represented in the first group.  All this is to say that the majority of people in our parishes *want* their priests Read more…

Sep
26

Don’t preach “the devil’s homily”!

It's not always easy to love your enemies, but it is always the right thing to do.

In every parish (even the dream ones), there are going to be people whom it is hard to love.  Like flies that get into the car when you take your garbage to the dump, their words and actions will continue annoying you long after you've left their physical presence.  Sometimes it can get so bad that your mind will actually create imaginary conversations so that these alleged "scribes and pharisees" can anger and tempt you with Read more…

Feb
14

On the Priesthood, Book 4 – On the Danger of Unworthy Ordination (St. John Chrysostom)

St. John Chrysostom (St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Woonsocket, RI)

Treatise on the Priesthood.Saint John Chrysostom(source: www.ccel.org/fathers) Book IV.  On the Dangers of Unworthy Ordination Basil heard this, and after a little pause thus replied: If you were ambitious of obtaining this office on your own, then your fear would have been reasonable; for in being ambitious of undertaking it, a man confesses himself to be qualified for its administration, and if he fail therein, after it has been Read more…

May
13

On The Day Of His Ordination To The Priesthood

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HOMILY GIVEN BY ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ON THE DAY HE WAS ORDAINED PRIEST St. John Chrysostom was called to the priesthood and ordained by Flavian, bishop of Antioch, early in the year 386.  This is the date of his first sermon: he had not yet descended into the lists, as he himself puts it.  What will you preach at your ordination? Think about it! St. John Chrysostom speaks of himself, the bishop and the people. 1.  Is what has happened Read more…

Jan
25

St. Vlad’s Offers D.Min. With Advanced Preaching Focus

News about Preaching

Well, here it is. After discussions about the dormant D.Min. program at SVS and the need for more homiletics offerings, we now have something serious and available to us. This is on a cohort basis - it won't be available every year. Brothers, don't let this opportunity slide by. Tell Fr. Sergius you saw it here. Priests, chaplains, and other professionals in ministry may now earn an accredited Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree Read more…

Nov
27

Knowledge Required by a Preacher

Gospel and Cross

by Humbert of Romans As the primary responsibility of any competent clergyman is preaching with excellence, I decided to repost this portion of "On the Formation of Preachers" from Preachers Institute, and post it here. Meditate on these words well, and put them into action! Chapter Two VIII. Knowledge Required by a Preacher We must not overlook the high degree of learning that is necessary for preachers, who are commissioned to Read more…

Nov
15

On The Formation Of Preachers

preaching truth

by Fr. John A. Peck Many of my subscribers know that I consider excellence in preaching to be the most basic skill of any clergyman. Lately I've been inundated with statements by well-meaning folk who claim that preaching is not important. They don't say it directly, but that is what they mean. Usually, they back up their statements with something like the falsely attributed 'saying of St. Francis of Assissi' - "Go into all the world Read more…