Author Archives: Dn Joseph Gleason

About Dn Joseph Gleason

I am a contributor to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity, theology, and philosophy, written from the diaspora of North America. I am also the Deacon of Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, and am blessed with seven children and one lovely wife.

Transforming the Tower of Babel

Jesus defeated death by death. As the song goes, He was “trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.” He embraced the cross, which was the very symbol of wickedness, evil, shame, and death, and He turned it … Continue reading

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Families Saved By The Blood of the Lamb

In ancient Israel, God instituted the feast of Passover. Each household was to slaughter a lamb and spread its blood on the doorposts of the home. Lambs were sacrificed for the sake of entire families: “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves … Continue reading

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The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Grandson

  God is the God of families. Yet He could have been known in any number of ways: The chief Hindu god is Vishnu, the cow. The pantheist god is the universe itself. Every cloud, breeze, and rock is part of … Continue reading

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The Great Commandment for Parents

When God gives us the greatest commandment in all of Scripture, He immediately follows it up with another command, requiring parents to diligently teach the Faith to their children. In Matthew 22:36, someone asks Jesus to identify the greatest commandment. Jesus responds … Continue reading

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Serfs, Peasants, & Employees

G.K. Chesterton wrote this article about Englishmen a century ago. But it just as easily applies to American workers today. Medieval serfs and peasants enjoyed conditions which–in many ways–are preferable to those endured by modern American employees. ~ It is really time that the … Continue reading

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Forgiven and Penalized

When God “forgives your sins”, what does that mean? Does God eliminate all of the penalties for your sins, or just the ones that are eternal? King David committed adultery with Bathsheba, and then had her husband murdered.  The Lord … Continue reading

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Why Do You Call Me Lord?

Jesus said, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46) If you are not willing to obey Jesus in regard to your marriage, then why do you call him “Lord”? … Continue reading

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Cursed by God

“If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema” (1 Corinthians 16:22 – KJV) “If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed.” (1 Corinthians 16:22 – NKJV) Anathema. Accursed. Sobering, frightening words. Not … Continue reading

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Children of Sodom

What do you think about when someone mentions the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah? You imagine cities full of sin and wickedness. You think of when God caused literal fire and brimstone to fall upon them, utterly destroying these wicked … Continue reading

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Jesus didn’t care about being nice or tolerant, and neither should you

This article from the Matt Walsh Blog is one of the best pieces I have read in a long time: Posted on April 7, 2014 by The Matt Walsh Blog There is no shortage of heresies these days. If you want to adopt some blasphemous, perverted, fun … Continue reading

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