Category Archives: Heresies

May We Hope for Universal Salvation?

God desires for all people to repent and be saved. And if we are faithful Christians, we desire the same thing. Love compels us to pray for the salvation of each individual, and the idea of universal salvation seems very … Continue reading

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The Council of Orange Contradicts Calvinism

It is amazing how frequently Calvinists pretend friendship with the Council of Orange.  Well-known apologists such as John Calvin, John Hendryx, Dr. C. Matthew McMahon, Dr. R. Scott Clark, continue to sing the praises of this Council. I wonder how many Calvinists … Continue reading

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

MP3 Audio:  WS330301_Dn-Joseph_Wolves-in-Sheeps-Clothing.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday morning, August 25, 2013, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ Gospel Reading:  Matthew 7:15-21 Christ has taught us to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. … Continue reading

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Rejecting Nicea

The Ecumenical Councils condemned specific doctrines, not merely denominations. In the year 325 A.D., the First Ecumenical Council was convened in the city of Nicea. In an effort to accurately articulate the doctrine of the Trinity, the first draft of the Nicene … Continue reading

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The Significance of the Doctrine of the Trinity

  MP3 Audio:  WS330293_Dn-Joseph_Trinity.mp3 This homily was preached on Trinity Sunday morning, June 30, 2013, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. ~ Today is a great feast day of the church where we remember the … Continue reading

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Orthodox Patriarchs on the Filioque

In 1848, Pope Pius IX wrote an Epistle to the Easterns, calling for the Orthodox Church to reunify with Rome.  The same year, the Orthodox Church responded with the Encyclical of the Eastern Patriarchs. This letter was signed by the Patriarch … Continue reading

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The Holy Anger of St. Nicholas

In the year 325, Emperor Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea, the very first ecumenical council. More than 300 bishops came from all over the Christian world to debate the nature of the Holy Trinity. Arius, from Egypt, was teaching … Continue reading

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He Who Began a Good Work in You

The last semester before graduation, a distinguished scholar visits a group of “straight-A” students. He is impressed with their performance so far, and he has every confidence in their professor’s ability to lead them successfully to graduation. With this in … Continue reading

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A Calvinist Anglican Converts to Orthodoxy

Mark Bradshaw, with Conversations On Orthodoxy, recently interviewed me regarding my conversion to the Orthodox Christian Faith. An audio recording of the interview is available online. Here is a transcript of the interview: Mark Bradshaw: Welcome to another Conversation on Orthodoxy. Deacon … Continue reading

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Bear Fruits Worthy of Repentance

Fr. Michael Keiser: John the Baptizer appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, God is one. Amen. Now, … Continue reading

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