We sang another ten mostly Christmas hymns yesterday and continued to explore nativity themes. Andrew took us unusually to John 18 in the morning and spoke on Christ the truth. I carried on with Matthew 1 in the evening, speaking of God's power and grace. It was good to have a few visitors there as well as seeing nearly all our students back. We sat down to communion before the evening meeting to focus on Christ's death rather than his birth. The more one looks at the whole story, the more one sees and the more amazed one is.
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.