Yesterday was quite a busy day in many ways with a good turn out morning and evening, though inevitably with some missing. I took two of my sons and their friend to Victoria first thing as they wanted to be in Yorkshire for a mission with South Craven Evangelical Church. (We are holding a mission ourselves in August). Then, being the first Sunday of the month, it was communion. We welcomed in a new member. The vagaries of the London transport system meant that she only arrived after the communion so we haven't exactly gone by our rule book. Childs Hill is a place of hellos and goodbyes and so it was not that unusual to also be saying goodbye, which we kept for the main meeting. Karl Gilliham has just finished at LTS and he and his Korean wife Rebekah will be heading for Korea this week. After the meeting we had our annual church photo, which was okay, although who appears in it is always a little random. As for the preaching, in the morning we looked at the rest of 1 Corinthians 6 and seven arguments against sexual immorality. In the evening we looked at the everlasting crown of 1 Corinthians 9:24, 25, the first of what I hope will be a series on heavenly crowns.
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.