We began our meetings yesterday by reading and singing Psalm 117 with its reference to all the nations - quite appropriate for us with at least 10 nations represented in a pretty small congregation. There were loads of people away but my wife and five sons filled most of the middle row and there were visitors too so we were not too bad for numbers. I carried on with 1 Corinthians 7 and the subject of marriage and divorce in the morning and the short series on heavenly crowns (the crown of righteousness) in the evening. Among the interesting people present were our recently converted South African friend who I may have mentioned before. He has been in Europe visiting his son and biking around Iberia for the last few months. It has been good to get to know him a little and be reminded of God's power to convert unlikely people. Also a visiting young German boy with excellent English who has discovered the gospel chiefly through the Internet (MacArthur, Piper, Washer). We live in exciting days.
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.