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.

Lost for words

For some time now I have been planning with many others to put together a sort of Festschrift in honour of my father-in-law Geoff Thomas. It is now nearing completion and will be out on October 15. It will be called The Holy Spirit and Reformed Spirituality and will contain two biographical essays (one by me and one interviewing men now in ministry who have sat at Geoff's feet in the past) plus a number of biblical, theological and church historical contributions including the following
  • Carl Trueman, “The Spirit and the Word Incarnate: John Owen's Trinitarian Christology.”
  • Sam Waldron, “The Relation of the Righteousness of God and the Spirit of God in Romans 1–8.”
  • Joel Beeke, “The Illumination of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Fred Malone, “The Holy Spirit and Human Responsibility.”
  • David Jones, “A Gracious Willing Guest: The Indwelling Holy Spirit.”
  • John J. Murray, “Professor John Murray and the Godly Life.”
  • Ian Hamilton, “Romans 7:14–25: Life in the Spirit This Side of Glory.”
  • Derek Thomas, “John Owen and Spiritual-mindedness.”
  • Iain D. Campbell, “‘The Spirit of God in the People of God’: A Celtic Spirituality"
  • Stephen Turner, “The Holy Spirit and the Call to the Ministry of the Gospel.”
  • Conrad Mbewe, “The Empowering Work of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Austin Walker, “The Supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ and Apostolic Ministry”
  • Robert Oliver, “An Elizabethan Cameo: The Ministry of Edward Dering.”
  • Gary Benfold, “Passion and the Spirit’s Sovereignty in the Thinking and Evangelistic Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones.”
That looks to me like a book worth reading regardless of any Geoff Thomas connection. Any way during the conference I presented him with the book (actually a dummy copy). He was "lost for words" and told me he would never trust me again, which is fair enough. Thanks for the photo Miska. Thanks to EMW too for the opportunity. The book is to be published by RHB.

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