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.

Banner Conference 2015 10/11

 
 
 
 
On this final morning of conference we are being preached to by two Jeffs/Geoffs. First, new Banner trustee Jeff Kingswood from Canada spoke on 1 Peter 4:12-16. In a beautifully anecdotal address he sought to help us to encourage our people when they suffer. He drew attention to the fact we should not be surprised that we are persecuted, as Jesus was and to the call to rejoice in suffering. He also spoke of the difference between sufferings Christian and in other ways.
In the final session my son Rhodri read and prayed before his grandfather, Geoff Thomas preached a strong and sifting sermon from Romans 3:23. The emphasis was on the sinfulness of sin and the plight of man but the power of God to save was also emphasised. What a wonderful conference.

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