Category Archives: Holy Scripture

Did Jesus Lie?

MP3 Audio: WS330365_Dn-Joseph_Did-Jesus-Lie.mp3 This homily was preached on Sunday morning, July 13, 2014, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Dn. Joseph Gleason. Transcription by Maria Powell of Dormition Text Services.  ~ In the name of the Father, and of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 Homilies, Fr. Joseph Gleason, Isaiah 61, Luke 14:7-14, Luke 18:31-43, Luke 4:14-21, Luke 6:36-42, Luke 7:19-23, Masoretic Text, Orthodox Homilies, Septuagint | Leave a comment

Orthodoxy Puts Scripture First

The great Saints of the Orthodox Church believed that the Scriptures are very clear, and that much of what they say can be clearly understood simply by reading them. They frequently relied directly on the text of Scripture, and they … Continue reading

Posted in Church History, Holy Scripture, Prima Scriptura, Sola Scriptura | Leave a comment

Sola Scriptura Fails the Test

A fellow by the name of C. Michael Patton wrote an article “In Defense of Sola Scriptura“. On pages 19-22, the author admits that Protestants merely have a “fallible collection of infallible books”. He admits that Protestants cannot be certain that … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Corinthians 1:10, John 17:20-23, Sola Scriptura, The Canon of Scripture | 2 Comments

St. Paul Quoting the Septuagint

In a previous article, we considered many reasons why the Old Testament is preserved more accurately in the Septuagint than in the Masoretic Text. Today, we consider yet another example. When the apostle Paul read the Psalms, did he read the … Continue reading

Posted in LXX - Psalm 14:3, Masoretic Text, Psalm 14:3, Romans 3:12-18, Septuagint | 4 Comments

Blessed Are They Who Reprove Boldly

“Blessed are they who reprove boldly, for they shall be called the sons of God.” Not quite the way you remember reading the Beatitudes, is it? The zeitgeist of our generation mandates tolerance. If you boldly reprove people for their sins, they regurgitate the … Continue reading

Posted in LXX - Proverbs 10:10, Masoretic Text, Matthew 5:1-12, Septuagint | 4 Comments

The Weight of Glory

Have you ever thrown your weight behind a cause that you really believed in? Did people misunderstand, assuming you were merely throwing your weight around? Was it discouraging that your ideas didn’t really carry weight with these people? We frequently use … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Samuel 2:30, 2 Corinthians 4, 40 Days of Blogging, C.S. Lewis, Psalm 83:12, Septuagint, Theosis | 5 Comments

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

Posted in 431 A.D. - Ephesus, 451 A.D. - Chalcedon, 553 A.D. - Constantinople II, Calvinism, Church History, Ecclesiology, Filioque, Liturgy, Mary the Mother of God, Missions and Evangelism, Prayers to Angels & Saints, Sola Scriptura, The Canon of Scripture, The Seven Ecumenical Councils, Worship | 2 Comments

Preaching Without a Bible

Imagine that you are a preacher.  God himself has called you to be a preacher, and He has put many people under your care.  It is your job to teach them the “three Gs” . . . 1) Who is … Continue reading

Posted in 2 Peter 2:5, 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 2 Timothy 2:2, 325 A.D. - Nicea I, 381 A.D. - Constantinople I, Church History, Ecclesiology, Ephesians 4:11, Fr. Joseph Gleason, Hebrews 13:17, Holy Scripture, Matthew 28:19-20, Orthodox Homilies, Sola Scriptura, The Canon of Scripture | 7 Comments

The Pillar and Foundation of the Truth

A large family lived on a small farm, complete with workhorses, milk cows, pigs, chickens, and a large family garden.  They had a two-story Victorian home, a gravel driveway, and a large wood-slat front porch surrounded with a multitude of … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Kings 7, 1 Timothy 3:15, Ecclesiology, Fr. Joseph Gleason, Orthodox Homilies, Sola Scriptura | 6 Comments

Masoretic Text vs. Original Hebrew

I used to believe the Masoretic Text was a perfect copy of the original Old Testament.  I used to believe that the Masoretic Text was how God divinely preserved the Hebrew Scriptures throughout the ages. I was wrong. The oldest … Continue reading

Posted in Holy Scripture, Masoretic Text, Septuagint, The Canon of Scripture | 93 Comments