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.

Good Week

It's not over yet, of course, but it's been a good week. I started off at the Evangelical Library in Bounds Green where I was just making sure all was well for the final day of the Librarian's holiday. Then after getting some post done in Temple Fortune it was on to the John Owen Centre in Finchley, where the American assessors from ATS were in checking on the standards for the Westminster MTh. They wanted to speak to an "alumnus" which I am. Not one to say no to one of Giovanni's lunches I stayed on for that and had the unexpected pleasure of sharing it with Robert Strivens and Carl Trueman (in town to lecture on Luther for the MTh) plus Nigel Redford and Becky Lippert (just realised how similar that is to a name that appears below) from Westminster. After that it was down to Soho for the LIP committee which went off okay.
Tuesday, of course, was the football and Wednesday was dominated by our midweek meeting looking at Jeremiah 22. Thursday a new couple moved into the church flat and in the evening we had a meeting about our children's work. I also did some visiting in the afternoon. Friday I completed a book review for ET of this book and sneaked a look at part of the opening game of the world cup and in the evening we started back on our meetings for children and young people, which went okay though we were quite depleted seniors wise as our own young people have decamped to Bradford on Avon for 24 hours. I spoke on baby Moses using the Go Teach stuff. Also saw Outnumbered in the evening. Brilliantly observed as ever.
This morning has been dominated by the rugby. One is reminded once again of what a good game rugby is and the skill level these days even from the likes of Japan and Romania is very high. No upsets so far but Argentina almost did it only losing to England by one point. I must confess that seeing Johnny Wilkinson missing so many penalties and England being told off by the referee did give some pleasure.
Anyway, just had a nice chat to Rhodri fresh back from UCCF Forum with Mike Reeves and Becky Pippert. The rock music was rather loud he felt but there were lots of good things. He's always very positive. The younger boys will be back soon from walking the dogs with one of our church members and we'll have our traditional mixed grill or fry up (or full English) before I head out to photocopy tomorrow's notices and the (rather late) September newsletter.

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