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 March 12 2017


I arrived at church around twenty minutes before we began and already four people were sat in the congregation. At first I thought they were all strangers but it turned out that one was a lady who is not there every Sunday and she had brought a friend. There was also a new Nigerian lady and a new Korean lady. We were again a good number in the morning. I tried giving a translated sheet to the Iranians, using google, but that was not particularly successful (no verbs apparently). A former member in the country for a while turned up unannounced so that was encouraging. Someone who had left us has also decided to come back, it seems. With people asking about baptism, these continue to be mostly encouraging times. I preached on the opening verses of Acts 2. It is a lot easier now than in the past as I've thought about it so long and do not feel under pressure from the Charismatics at all. In the evening we looked at the closing verses of Matthew 12 about who is most closely related to Jesus.

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