Mar
14

Preaching Better – Practical Suggestions for Homilists

One of the complaints made against priests is that their homilies are largely a waste of time.  Personally, I think that a good portion of the blame for this lays with the hearer (e.g. lack of preparation, inability to focus, unrealistic expectations), but there is LOT of room for improvement on the Read more…

Mar
13

Episode 25: Training the Whole Mind—Gut, Brain, and Heart

Hunger, Social Media Silence, and the Stickiness of the Priestly Profession by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast)  March 13, 2017 In this episode Fr. Anthony offers ancient advice for understanding and loving others, even those with whom we are (or seem to be) at war. He Read more…

Mar
10

Episode 24: A conversation with Fr. Gregory Jensen on Personality Types and the Priesthood

Personality Types and the Priesthood by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast)  March 10, 2017 In this episode Fr. Anthony Perkins and Fr. Gregory Jensen have a conversation about how a person's personality type (e.g. extravert vs. introvert) affects their priestly service. This Read more…

Feb
25

Episode 23: Hunger, Social Media Silence, and the Stickiness of the Priestly Profession

Hunger, Social Media Silence, and the Stickiness of the Priestly Profession by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast)  February 24, 2017 In this episode, Fr. Anthony expresses how much he looks forward to having his old friend hunger back around, laments the lack of discernment Read more…

Feb
09

Episode 22: Young Elders and Confession

“Young Elders and Confession” by Fr. Anthony Perkins Good Guys Wear Black (AFR Podcast) In this episode Fr. Anthony talks about the problem of "young elders" in the post-Soviet Russian Orthodox Church (and in our own) and then, after a commercial break, shares his approach and advice on Read more…

Feb
03

Advice for priests who feel sorry for themselves (from St. Leo the Great)

I came across this gem while preparing for a Bible Study class on the readings for the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee (esp. 2 Timothy 3:10-15).  This mirrors the advice given to a friend by his doctor when my friend complained about the pain an upcoming procedure was sure to inflict.  In Read more…

Feb
03

The Declining Parish as a Grieving Mother

A few months ago I was invited to a clergy retreat for traditional Anglican clergy.  It was a wonderful experience.  One of the speakers was Fr. Peter Geromel.  During the Q&A portion of his talk on "The Comforts of the Priesthood", he mentioned that parishes that were missing an entire Read more…