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.

The Truth Shall Set You Free

Most of the papers have now arrived for The Affinity Theological Study Conference 2-4 February at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Herts. The programme is

DAY ONE
We arrive by 11.30 and after lunch and a welcome we have
14.15 Paper 1: Is the Princeton View of Scripture an Enlightenment Innovation?
Carl R Trueman (Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia) Interview with Trueman here.
Then after tea at 16.15
16.45 Paper 2: Lost on the Old Testament? Literary Genres and Evangelical Hermeneutics
Peter Naylor (Minister, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Cardiff)
DAY TWO
9.15 Paper 3: Right doctrine, wrong texts. Can we follow the apostles’ doctrine but not their hermeneutics?
Greg Beale (Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia)
11.00 Coffee Break
11.30 Paper 4: Every heretic has his text: the use and abuse of the Bible in the church
We're free after lunch until
17.00 Paper 5: The Sufficiency of Scripture for Public Theology
Dan Strange (Lecturer in Culture, Religion and Public Theology at Oak Hill College, London)
Followed by Dinner and 20.30-21.30 Corporate Prayer
DAY THREE
9.15 Paper 6: Preaching the Word in the Power of the Spirit: biblical, historical and practical reflections
Hywel R Jones (Visiting Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary, California)
After a coffee break at 11 there's
11.30 Panel Discussion
Followed by lunch and depart (though I'll have to make a quicker getaway as I'm hoping to see my son in  a play in Aber that night).

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