Technically we were still in July yesterday but we re really inthe August period when numbers can be rather low. They certainly were yesterday with only around 25 there in the morning and 15 (not bad for us really) in the evening. The two new people came once again in the morning and there were three visitors from Paris. In the morning I preached another text - Jude 20, 21. That is a great text and it was good to be emphasising the love of God. The evening was a little different in that we had Sajida Iqbal with us talking about the work of Noor Ministries which is an evangelical work in Pakistan mainly focused at present on education. It is wonderful to realise what a wonderful work is going on there at the heart of this Muslim country. We hve rarely had someone speak in a worship service and although this was fine I felt a little squeezed come the sermon but that was probably my fault. I spoke on holy ambition from Matthew.
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.