An excellent day at St John's Wood Road today for the focus on Christian Compassion Ministries and their work in Manila among deprived children. Paul Relf, chairman of the UK committee, chaired and John T and Virgie Sparrow led with Catherine Gacutan, currently visiting. A lot of thought had been put into the day and all sorts of things were utilised in order to make it a truly multi media, multi sensory experience. There was a mock up slum dwelling (which was even "on fire" at one stage), a scale model of the girls' home, Skype calls with Brian Ellis and others, lots of video footage and pictures, plenty of news, some prayer and worship, even a Filipino merienda or snack at one point. I do believe I even heard Susan Boyle singing. About 60 or 70 gathered. Pity there weren't more. Several of us have been to Manila but whether you had been or not, it was a real opportunity to get the experience. Hopefully this will stir people to pray and to give to the most worthy work.
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.