Mourners at St. Isaac’s Cathedral

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

Orthodox Priest Ordained for Service in China

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

Theology in Johann Gerhard

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.

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