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.

Fun on Ffynnon fawr

Near to we are staying at present is the site of a well with an ancient history. It forms one of a line of wells which follow a fault line extending from Porthcawl breakwater to St David's Well. Ffynnon Fawr played an important part in providing the old village of Nottage and the new town of Porthcawl with water.
The date of the present well-house is uncertain, and may be from the early nineteenth century. The rectangular well house is in grey stone and is a Grade II listed building.  There is a camber-headed doorway with an iron gate, and steps down to a vaulted cistern. To the left there is a stone step (or seat?). On the right hand side a plaque has inscriptions in Welsh and English

Y Ffynnon Fawr"
Mae Dwr Yn Fendith Angenreidol
Rhoddes Duw Inni Ar Lawr;
Cofiwyn 'Awdur Pob Daioni'
Wrth Yfed Dwr O'r Ffynnon Fawr

Water Is A Necessary Blessing
Which God Has Given Us On Earth;
Let Us Remember 'The Author Of All Goodness'
As We Drink From Ffynnon Fawr.

The site is of historic interest as one of a few surviving ancient wells in the area.

Also nearby is Nottage forge.

No comments: