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.

Midweek Meeting Wednesday October 12 2017


It was encouraging to see 13 gathered together yesterday night as we began again our studies in Leviticus, looking at Leviticus 16, where the Day of Atonement is described. This crucial chapter leads straight to Christ and his cross and so it was not difficult to preach, thugh I continue to benefit from Philip Eveson's excellent Welwyn Commentary. I should have left a little longer for prayer but many prayed and we closed with this appropriate hymn by James Deck (we began with Not all the blood of beasts).

The veil is rent. Lo! Jesus stands before the throne of grace,
while clouds of incense from his hands fill all that glorious place:

His precious blood he sprinkles there, before, and on the throne;
and his own wounds in heaven declare his work on earth is done.

"'Tis finished!" on the cross he said, in agonies and blood;
"'Tis finished!" Now he lives to plead before the face of God.

"'Tis finished!" here our souls can rest; his work can never fail:
by him, our sacrifice and priest, we enter through the veil.

Within the holiest of all, cleansed by his precious blood,
before thy throne thy children fall, and worship thee, our God.

Boldly our heart and voice we raise, his name, his blood, our plea;
assured our prayers and songs of praise ascend by him to thee.

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