It was good to have at our midweek meeting last night Raj Kumar. Raj is currently studying at the nearby John Owen Centre and I thought it would be good to hear about what is going on in Southern India. Baptist missionaries have been working in that part of the world for 150 years come 2011. Raj focussed on three things - the church in Kilpauk, Chennai, pastored by Sam Devanasam; persecuted Christians in Orissa to the north, where he has visited, and the work of Vuyiroli, a project helping the elderly and destitute in Chennai. It was an encouraging story and a reminder of what a determined man can do under God to help people in great need. The Vuyiroli site seems to be down at present but try here for a flavour of the work.
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.