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.

10 Actors turned preachers

There is a reference in the Spurgeon biography to James Sheridan Knowles, an actor turned preacher. I also read of Thomas Barnardo's conversion recently where there was an actor turned evangelist involved at one point (John Hambleton I think). Here are ten names I have found who more or less meet the description. Perhaps the list can be improved.
1. Stephen Gosson English satirist and Anglican clergyman 1554-1624
2. George Whitefield Methodist Evangelist and amateur actor in his youth 1714-1770
3. James Sheridan Knowles Irish Dramatist, actor and latterly Baptist preacher 1784-1862
4. John Hambleton Evangelist and one time actor 1820-1889
5. Spencer Houghton Cone American Baptist Chaplain and some time actor 1785-1855
6. Charles B Parsons American Methodist preacher and former actor 1805-1871
7. Gu Ren'en or Ku Jen-en Flamboyant Chinese evangelist and one time movie actor 20th century
8. Peter Trumper former equity card holder and friend of Anthony Hopkins who became a Presbyterian minister in Wales and is now retired 1934-2015. See here.
9. R Gary Heikkila Former Hollywood actor and ordained minister now retired 193*-*. See here.
10. Kirk Cameron American actor and street preacher 1970-. See here.

The well-known preacher Alistair Begg appeared in the 2004 film Bobby Jones: stroke of genius

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