We are rather behind with this, which is a pity as it was an encouraging day. We are getting back into a more regular pattern now, although two of our students who study away were still around and one who studies in London is not back yet. I preached from the end of Matthew 2 in the morning and from Esther 4 in the evening. Looking at the prophecy of Jesus being a Nazarene I decided to change my view and take the view that Matthew is referring to Judges 6 and is saying that Jesus was a sort of Nazirite. We had tea together in the afternoon. In the morning we were seeking to comfort one of our members whose mother recently died in a car crash in Nigeria. She had just been celebrating her eightieth birthday. She was a strong believer so there is comfort there. In the evening we had visitors including someone really seeking the Lord. That's always encouraging.
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.