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.

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At 5 pm on Wednesday we had a useful panel discussion on preaching.
Then later Dr Lawson's final address looked at the last words of Paul in 2 Timothy 4. He reminded us again that the main thing for the minister is the preaching of the Word of God. If you are called to preach this is your focus. You will never outgrow this God's charge from heaven. His points were
1. The seriousness of this charge
2. The substance of this charge
Nine consecutive imperative verbs. The first verb is the substance, the rest the specifics. Preach the Word. Herald it.
3. The specifics of this charge
What matters is not only what you say but how you say it. The specific qualifying specifics are
1 Be ready - in season and out of season
2 Correct. Expose what is wrong.
3 Rebuke
4 Encourage
5 With great patience
6 And careful instruction
7 Be sober (keep your head) "If there is no passion there is no preaching"

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