First Lord's Day of the year though seven days in the year already seems a little familiar. I decided to go straight back to our systematic studies in Acts and Matthew having been out of it for a while. Lots were away due to illnesses and several travelling but the morning service was fairly well attended as five extra family members of ours were there and one or two visitors including a Zambian lady. We began with communion. I then preached on Acts 10, also speaking to the children on prayer. In the evening I preached from Matthew 16:1-4. Quite a difficult Sunday in some ways. It is easy to be discouraged.
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.