It's a new month and so we began with communion, thinking about the earthquake and the splitting rocks at the time of the crucifixion. We then turned to the next instalment of Ezra - Ezra 3. We considered the centrality of Christ's atonement and of the church. It was quite fresh and people enjoyed that. They seem convinced that Ezra really is a good book to be exploring. I hope so. We had a good number there and six children, which is a lot for us. In the evening we were back to the Sermon on the Mount, this time the salt and light section, which I tried to deal with in a fresh way again, sticking close to the text and not relying on pat commentary too much. I should have said too that we were welcoming in new members at the communion. That is 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.