April 20, 2014

Thank you for Contributing to the Fr. John Peck Appeal

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Fr. John Peck appeal. As many of you know Fr. John is in transition and your contribution helped pay the rent, fix the car, and other necessary things to keep him going as he stabilizes his future. Fr. John is a tenacious man and will land on his feet in short order. Your help ensures that he does. We reap what we sow. When we help others, then help is available for us when we need it in the way that we need it. Some people call it karma. I call it living within the structure of the world as it is created. All things in the created world yearn for harmony and wholeness. This is not only true of individual men and women but the entire creation. The universe reflects the personality of its Creator. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims His handiwork, the scripture says. Things like ordered complexity, beauty, the interrelationships between organisms and the material that comprises it, the replication of … [Read more...]

A Priest Needs Our Help

Fr. John Peck

Fr. John Peck was unceremoniously thrown out of his parish some months back for no justifiable reason. This is a blight in our Orthodox Church and happens more often than many people realize. Sooner or later this problem must be addressed. Priests with families should not have to suffer this kind of arbitrary abuse. It causes considerable hardship on the priest and his family especially if no severance or other help is offered (Fr. John received no severance). Keep in mind that a priest not only loses his income, but also insurance and any other benefit that goes along with the salary. In order to make ends meet, Fr. John designs websites for Logos Web Services (we are partners), writes books and articles, serves as a substitute when openings are available, and other jobs. Presently he is between assignments and has no reliable income. Most people don't realize that the Church does not offer any help to priests in this predicament. Currently business is slow. Also, his truck … [Read more...]

The Orthodox Church of Tomorrow – Revisted

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Four years ago Fr. John Peck published the essay below and boy did he get hammered. Creativity, a characteristic you would want to see in priests, is feared because sometimes it gets too close to exposing the sheer paucity of substantive ideas and compelling engagement with the larger culture that the Church, in order to be Church, should cultivate in their leaders. The truth is we have got some very fine men serving as priests. The other truth is that those who bring the most to the table are often the first to get their hands slapped, and if that doesn't work their livelihoods threatened and sometimes taken away. It's time to revisit the essay. You will find I think that it is a prescient today as when Fr. John first wrote it. As always, comments are welcome. First Published: September 16, 2008 There is an interesting phenomenon occurring in Orthodox Christianity in America today, and reflected powerfully in our seminaries. Seminaries are loaded almost exclusively … [Read more...]

Fr. John Peck: Orthodox Christian Parenting in the 21st Century [AUDIO]

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On September 10, 2011, St. Joseph Antiochian Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas, hosted the 2011 Orthodox Christian Parenting Retreat. The speaker was Fr. John Peck, priest at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Prescott, Arizona, and the topic was “Orthodox Christian Parenting in the 21st Century: Guiding, Guarding, and Discipline for Parents, Grandparents, and Godparents in the Orthodox Tradition.” Source: Ancient Faith Radio Listen here: Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4 … [Read more...]

Good Guys Wear Black: A New Website for Prospective Priests and Deacons

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | CONTACT: Fr. John A. Peck |GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK | (928) 777-8750 | frjohnpeck@yahoo.com | goodguyswearblack.org NEW WEBSITE FOR PROSPECTIVE PRIESTS, DEACONS June 1, 2011 – Today marks the launch of a unique new website in the Orthodox Christian world: Good Guys Wear Black (http://goodguyswearblack.org). “This is a vocations website,” said Fr. John A. Peck, the designer and maintainer of the site. “It is geared specifically for young men discerning a calling. There is almost no other information out there to help them discern, to show them how to think about such a vocation. Good Guys Wear Black fills that void.” The site contains a multitude of challenging and provocative articles about the Holy Priesthood, pastoral work, front line challenges in parish ministry, and more. Information about the life, education, formation and struggles of taking on the Priesthood of Christ will be a regular feature. There are sections on each of the seminaries and … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Responsibility in the Public Arena

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HT: OrthodoxNet blog Read more of Fr. Peck's writing at Preachers Institute and Journey to Orthodoxy. Fr. Peck pastors St. George Greek Orthodox Church. By Fr. John Peck First published in 2004. First of all, let me begin by saying that it is my duty, as a priest and pastor, to impose moral standards on you. Part of my job and function is to teach Christian morality and to get us, as a body, to adhere to Christian moral standards, so before you come to me with complaints about the separation of Church and state, be aware that I am doing my duty in telling you what the Church, as the Body of Christ, teaches about life and responsibility. Moral theology in the Orthodox Church in America is pretty loosey-goosey, as is clearly evidenced by the Reflections on Voting for Orthodox Christians article that was posted, at first anonymously, on the OCA website. I have said, and will say here, that a more poorly reasoned collection of moral mish-mush does not yet exist. If you … [Read more...]

Preachers Institute and Academy of Preachers enter National Partnership

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Congratulations to Fr. John Peck and the Preachers Institute. Fr. John comments on the AOI blog and is is founder of the Preachers Institute. This partnership testifies to the fine work that Preachers Institute does. The Preachers Institute, the world’s premier Orthodox Christian homiletics resource, has become a national partner with the Academy of Preachers. The Academy of Preachers is an ecumenical initiative launched through a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment and energized by the conviction that Gospel preaching is a vocation of public and social significance, a calling worthy of the very best and brightest young people. "In our mission to promote and advance superior preaching in the Orthodox Church, we are very happy to make this partnership with the Academy. We are very hopeful that this will provide an opportunity for more Orthodox youth and young adults to hone their preaching skills with confidence, and ignite their desire to spread the Gospel," said Fr. … [Read more...]