Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.

Hymn of the week 26

We haven't had this feature for a little while but I so enjoyed singing Joseph Hart's hymn yesterday that I wanted to put it here in case anyone doesn't know it. Previously it was in Grace Hymns and not in Christian Hymns. Chiefly for this reason my father-in-law would always choose it for the services on the weekend before the Aber conference, knowing he wasn't choosing something people would be singing again that week. In this way the hymn was brought to many people's attention and now features in the new Christian Hymns. They didn't like one or two things for some reason and have changed them. This is the original:

A Man there is, a real Man,
With Wounds still gaping wide,
From which streams of Blood once ran
In hands, and feet, and side.

'Tis no wild Fancy of our Brains,
No Metaphor we speak:
The same dear Man in Heav'n now reigns,
That suffer'd for our sake.

This wond'rous Man, of whom we tell,
Is true Almighty God.
He bought our souls from death and hell;
The price his own heart's blood.

That human heart he still retains,
Tho' thron'd in highest bliss;
And feels each tempted
Member's pains: for our affliction's his.

Come then, repenting sinner, come;
Approach with humble faith:
Owe what thou wilt, the total sum,
Is cancell'd by his death.

His blood can cleanse the blackest soul;
And wash our guilt away,
He shall present us sound and whole
In that tremendous day.

1 comment:

John said...

Just a note to let you know the Cyber Hymnal (linked from your blog), has a new URL: Please spread the word!

God bless...