Another well attended meeting last night. We are still looking at trees and last night it was the sycamore-fig. There are only six references in the Old Testament and one in the New and so we just concentrated on the story of Zacchaeus, which is always a breath of fresh air. I managed to keep my time on that down to about half an hour and so as there was a good half hour for prayer people gladly filled the time. When the time is less, often people are slower to pray. I don't know if they just think there's not enough time or if with the longer time available they ought to pray. Anyway, a good prayer time. There is no reason why I can't give a full half hour to Bible study, a full half hour to prayer and still fit everything into an hour and a quarter or so. It does need a bit of disciplines, however.
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.