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.

Lord's Day July 31 2016

Numbers were down again with more people away than ever but the morning service was not too bad with two fresh Iranian visitors, two  old friends, a Nigerian lady who has not been for a while, a local girl who only comes occasionally and two men present even though their families are away. One lady came but had gone by the time I had finished leading in prayer (always disconcerting when people disappear like that). In the evening we were down to 14. In the morning we said goodbye to my son Rhodri and his family, moving to Aber this week. In the morning I preached from Acts 12 on Herod and the way the Word flourished and spread despite his opposition (quite an unusual sermon in some ways but I think it worked) and in the evening the closing verses of Matthew 9, chiefly on the call to bring in the harvest. See here for sermons.

2 comments:

pianaoki said...

The morning sermon was a real blessing. The historical context was really eye opening and I was really encouraged, particularly by that incredible last verse in Acts. Thank you Gary!

Gary Brady said...

Encouraging to hear. Thanks.