It was good to be together once again last Wednesday. It was especially good to have the Seminary students back after placement. We were rejoicing with one of them who has just accepted a call to a pastorate in Northern Ireland. We looked at the classic story of Abram and Lot parting company and reminded ourselves of the basics of being in this world but pilgrims and sojourners in it. So often we are more like Lot than Abram adn so we miss out on the encouragements that Abram was clearly given at this time. I don't think we prayed at all about the local election. Perhasp we are getting a little insular, There;s always so much else to pray for.
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.