We were a good number last night as we gathered for what will no doubt be the last midweek meeting of 2016. We began with Hark the herald! and I gave a message from Matthew 1:18-25 on the virgin birth of Christ. It is interesting to see how the Niv has refined its translation of this passage so that it now reads as above (you might need to click the picture). Most interesting is the way they deal with Joseph's decision regarding Mary. Whatever the translation it is clear that Joseph went an extra mile in refraining from sexual relations with Mary until after Jesus was born.Wonderful themes.
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.