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.

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At 5 pm on Tuesday our fifth session here was a discussion on the question "Where are all the preachers?" Under the highly efficient chairmanship of Lewis Allen (Huddersfield) three of us addressed the subject - Warren Peel (Coleraine) Robert Strivens (LTS/Childs Hill) and myself. Warren spoke on the need for setting forth God's Word on its own terms, exalting Christ and being doxological. Robert spoke about encouragements but identified a lack of awakening preaching as a problem as we are living in a post-Christian age but need to bring the message home and not be diffident in our preaching. He also identified personal communion with God as an important factor. I will post my own contribution separately next.

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