It was good to be there with just under 30 others last night in Bethesda, Kensington, for the annual lecture of the Strict Baptist Historical Society. Kevin Price from Kendal gave an excellent overview of the life of Benjamin Ingham, the Oxford Methodist and inadvertent founder of his own denomination (Inghamites). The lecture was well informed and well paced as we looked at Ingham's Methodism, his Calvinism, his relations with the Moravians and the eventual embracing of Sandemanianism. Fascinating. The mystery is why a man with such an emphasis on the experimental should be taken in by the Glasite error. The paper finished with William Romaine's comment on the Inghamites "If ever there was a Church of Christ upon earth, that was one. I paid them a visit, and had a great mind to join them. There was a blessed work of God among that people, till that horrid blast from the north came upon them and destroyed all!"
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.