I preached yesterday on John 4 (having preached the week before on John 3) and the closing verses of Matthew 7 and the Sermon on the Mount. There is lot's of to-ing and fro-ing with camps and holidays and so on in these holiday months and it turned out that we had a fairly large number in the morning and quite a small number in the evening. In the morning our friends from Carcassonne were there and so I asked H to give us report on the work before we began the worship. In many respects their church experience is very similar to ours except that there are few evangelical churches near them and they currently have no building. H's ministry to Muslims is further feature of the work and a very encouraging one as more and more come to faith. I had not been looking forward to preaching on John 4 after having decided to preach on it but it went better than I expected. It was good to have a visiting couple who have recently moved to the area and found us on the Internet (hope we see them again) and another unmarried couple where she is local and he from the other side of London. He has some sort of Christian background and seems very keen to know more. I hope we see them again soon. It was okay in the evening despite the lower numbers. The wise man and foolish is one of the great passages in Scripture.
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.