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.

Studies on the Trinity


[Key: Tim L, Tim D, Moi, Steffan, Michael, Robert
Gideon, Peter Prof Letham, Robert]
When I reflect on the fact that the lines have fallen to me in pleasant places, I often think of the providence of having come to study at the LTS and then having been called to a church near to LTS and the John Owen Centre and the advantages that brings. (Proximity means that despite a heavy schedule I have still been able to be at our midweek meeting and members meeting, do some door to door and make a pastoral visit and see my family).
I have been aware of that again this week, having audited the course on the Holy Trinity, given by Robert Letham. I think I have had a number of opportunities, including the opportunity to

1. Think through a major Christian doctrine (The Trinity)
2. Read a big theological book sat on my shelves unread (Letham on the Holy Trinity)
3. Spend time learning from one of the leading theologians in our Reformed community and see them close up (Robert Letham)
4. Remember the world of scholarship where so much goes on that has relevance to my ministry
5. Learn of various scholarly books produced in recent years that I might have missed otherwise
6. Have fellowship and interaction with fellow ministers, some of whom I had not met before
7. Investigate the rather neglected world of patristics, which I am hoping I will revisit  (I have now downloaded the ante-, post- and Nicene Fathers works for e-sword)
8. Read some Owen and Barth
9. Investigate the book Basil on the Trinity, a book I didn't really know existed beforehand
10. Take advantage of the LTS Library and a nice second hand book sale organised by the administrator Nigel Redford

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