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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I should have said more on the graduation. It is the first one I have been to since my own. Mine was in the same place but the Great Hall has changed a lot since then. I remember that the late Cledwyn Hughes was guest of honour.
The thing itself was done well really in that it had about the right amount of pomp without trying our patience too much. To get through 200 graduands so quickly and yet appropriately was well done.
They are awarding several fellowships this week and on this first morning it was the turn of Michael Sheen and Alex Jones, both Welsh and both in the field of drama and TV (though Sheen is not a graduate and one of Aber graduate Jones's greatest achievements, it seems, was being on Strictly come dancing). Neither was present personally but they had seen video clips that were shown.
The sad thing is that in the declining culture that is ours there wasn't much to say that would be both helpful and not divisive. If you look carefully at the picture above you can see an open Bible but that book and its Author were kept almost completely out of things. The days of Thomas Chalmers Edwards are long gone sadly, although I was encouraged to learn that the present principal April McMahon is a professing Christian
I should say that we all had a nice meal after at the Glengower Hotel on the front before heading back to London.

3 comments:

Langteau Family said...

Sounds both enjoyable and noustaligic, and yet it is sad that it is now a hollow shell of what it formerly was - when Christ was openly honored and focused on.

Even though institutions fail and people seek what their itching ears demand, may God's people still declare the Truth, and point to our only real hope amidst a world of false hopes and distractions.

PASTOR MURUNGI said...

Congratulations to your son and his wife. We continue to pray for you here in Nairobi. That the Lord may continue to be gracious and good to you in every way as you serve Him.

It is long since you were here... You need to come again.
I would appreciate a copy of your Heavenly Wisdom ;-)

Murungi

Gary Brady said...

Pastor Murungi Great to hear from you. I must add your blog here. Warm greetings to you all in Nairobi. I'll keep the book request in mind.