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.

Aber Conference 2015 Evening Session 01

The opening session of the week at Aber featured someone who is something of a blast from the past for many of us. Phil Hill had just completed his work with UCCF in Wales when I first became aware of him. Many years on he is now a lecturer in WEST and living again in Wales. He took us to John 21 and the restoration of Peter to enter a plea to the backslider to return and to his fellow believers to help him in the process. He said a number of interesting things about the passage and from the passage. Of course, it raises all sorts of practical questions as to how you facilitate such restoration but as an expository sermon it was commendable and something we all need to hear. You can listen to the sermon and indeed the whole service on Youtube here. Hymns this year are all on screen (hymn books available to those who want them). It would be good if they indicated when we had come to the final verse as some systems do.

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