It's a funny time of the year but numbers kept up last Sunday and we had a good time even with many regulars and others away. There was a new Spanish lady who, like so many these days, is often working on the Lord's Day. A man who does come regularly but who I thought would not be there came. That was good. We were down to about 16 in the evening. I preached in the morning the first in a new series on the judgement day and in the evening another in the series on living the Christian life - this time growing in holiness (easy to preach not so easy to do). You sometimes think may be things are not hopeless. We sang happy birthday after the morning service to a lady who has just turned 70 and two girls, one just turned 12 and one about to turn 8. That worked out well as birthdays can easily be forgotten at this time of the year.
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.