Not bad congregations yesterday for August. We were over thirty in the morning and over 15 in the evening. I did the third and last of three messages from Acts 12. I didn't think my opening was particularly stunning but our stand in recording operative forgot to record it, which rarely happens. He remembered in the evening when I preached from 2 Chronicles 20 on Jehoram, another one off. Most people were quite relaxed and not rushing off today, which was nice. Some missing, as ever. By preaching from these two passages I inadvertently set up a painful death by bowel disease theme (Jehoram and Herod Agrippa I died in similar ways as did the persecuting Roman Emperor Galerius, who I also mentioned).
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.