Category Archives: The Seven Ecumenical Councils

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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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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S’Mores and Orthodoxy

Good teachers come up with illustrations. That’s what we do. Jesus taught with parables, and we see the value of following his lead. I can preach a sermon for twenty minutes, and while most people will forget what I said, … Continue reading

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Murder Before Conception

The Orthodox Church has historically taken a powerful stand against birth control. Saints and Early Church Fathers put contraception on the same level as homicide.  St. John Chrysostom, St. Ambrose, St. Augustine, St. John IV Nesteutes (St. John the Faster), … 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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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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It’s Who I Am

How many in here have heard of a famous singer named Jessica Andrews? A few years back she had a big song playing on the radio called “Who I Am.” The chorus of it goes, I am Rosemary’s granddaughter, the spitting image … Continue reading

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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

Bowing Down to a Faceless Idol

Before the Incarnation, it was idolatrous to make an image of God. Now that the Incarnation has taken place, it would be idolatrous not to make images of Him. When a religion rejects images of God, it sends the message that God is … Continue reading

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