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


There were only six of us last night and we were rather slow turning up. However, it went well. I decided to start a series on James, just looking at the opening three verses. He mentions various trials we face and so several of my prepared prayer points wove their way into the exposition, which calls us to count it pure joy when these trials come. Having mentioned physical illness, floods and persecution, others added mental illness and other things in the prayer time. There was plenty to pray about and we had adequate time. There were encouraging things too, such as a successful women's meeting the day before and news of young people being baptised from a family we know, as well as  acoming induction.

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