I am at the Affinity Day Conference here in King's Park centre. We kicked off this afternoon (in a slight change to the advertised programme) with a paper on Paul's approach to the union of the believer with Christ by Tim Ward of the Proclamation Trust followed by Cor Bennema from WEST on the Johannine approach to the subject. The first paper narrowed down only to Galatians. Tim gave an autobiographical introduction and Cor a summarising one. Paul Spear chaired the first session then Peter Milsom. After each intro we separated into six groups of 10 or so (Ken Brownell was chairing mine) to discuss the previously printed papers with set questions before us before reconvening to round off. The subject of union with Christ is an important one that most of us seem familiar with but that we could probably all do with sharpening up on. Being a broad grouping not everyone is quite on exactly the same page but it has been good to think and to chat both formally and informally. Lots of familiar faces and lots new to me too.
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.