It was great to be once again at the LTS this afternoon for the annual end of year service. Some 17 students were leaving (including 3 or 4 who had stayed on to do the optional third year). It was good to hear from them all briefly and to hear Gerard Hemmings of Amyand Park preach an interesting sermon on Elijah and Obadiah. Robert Strivens also gave a report and Jeremy Marshall chaired. A number of us from Childs Hill were there and it was good to meet other old friends too. We were especially interested in hearing from Christien who heads soon back to Madagascar and Andreas who, with his family, heads back to Germany very shortly. The rain pretty much kept off until the very end of the afternoon, which was good too.
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.