See Sunday’s best news pictures.
CHR Comment: The ninth photograph is a wonderful photograph of mourners at St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. They are lighting prayer candles in commemoration of those who died in the recent plane crash.
Source: Today in Pictures: November 8 – NBC News
A sign of warming ties: Russian Orthodox Church ordains first Chinese priest in 60 years.
CHR Comment: The ordination took place at a seminary in St. Petersburg. The priest will serve in Hardin, China. The article describes the history of Orthodoxy in China, where follows are numbered in the thousands, including reference to Albazinians. It also comments on Christianity in China more broadly. Enjoyed the video.
Source: Russia, China grow closer as tensions with USA increase
“Our prelates are hung and not shot. Respect our traditions!” Damaskinos replied to Gen. Jurgen Stroop, SS, when he threatened to have Damaskinos shot for arguing against the deportation of Jews from Greece. The Greek Orthodox Bishop Who Stood Up to the Nazis | Acton PowerBlog.
The recent decision of Anglicans to approve woman bishops has greatly disrupted ecumenical discussions with Eastern Orthodox. The Orthodox view the decision as cultural rather than theological.
Orthodox Church says women bishops vote closes down talks |.
The simple words of which ‘theology’ is composed appear in Scripture, namely, logos theou (Rom. 3:2; 1 Pet. 4:11; Heb. 5:12).
Gerhard’s Theological Commonplaces, Exegesis I, p. 17 (CPH, 2009).
When one writes for God, one writes theology. This points out the seriousness and depth of the task. Yet note how Gerhard draws his thoughts from common passages of Scripture that one might read and re-read. One cannot let the seriousness and depth of the topic prevent writing simply, clearly, and commonly about God.