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.

Bald ministers

My attention was drawn recently to this about Philip Henry. As one who is very much Calvus et Calvinus (bald and a Calvinist) I found it of interest.

With regard to Mr. Henry's bodily presence, he was of a middle stature, his complexion not approaching to any extreme, of a very pleasant aspect, and an unusual mixture of gravity and sweetness in the air of his countenance, which was the true index of the mind. In the latter part of his life he had but very little hair, and had, like Elisha, a bald head; notwithstanding he could not be persuaded to wear a wig, against which he had an insuperable objection. This lack was however supplied by his usually wearing a neat close cap or turban on the upper part of his head, made of black silk. When some of his friends solicited him to have his picture drawn, he put them off with this remark, that the best picture of a minister is in the hearts of his people.

4 comments:

Paul Levy said...

Surely a new feature series on heavenly worldliness has got to be the be the best bald preachers?

Gary Brady said...

Welcome to the club.
Who are the other contenders?

Paul Levy said...

I think if you’re talking the full monty rather than just receding and thinning this would be the starting XI

Goal Keeper – Bill Hughes
Right Back – Guy Davies
Centre Back – Steve Levy
Centre Back – Paul Mallard
Left Back – Gary Benfold
Right Midfield – John Tindall
Left Midfield – Paul Hinton
Centre Midfield – CJ Mahaney
Centre Midfield – John Chapman
Striker - Vernon Higham
Striker – Tim Keller

It’s uncanny that Chappo was the only bald Anglican I could think of

Gary Brady said...

How about D Ralph Davis? Gwynne Williams should at least be on the bench.