It was a real privilege to be among the thirty or so present last Monday evening at the Evangelical Library to hear Dr S Blair Waddell, pastor of Huntsville Baptist Church, Alabama, USA, speak on the biblicism of the 19th century Congregationalist pastor William Jay, who was born 150 years ago this year. This was the best format in that in Dr Waddell we had someone who is an expert on Jay (his PhD dissertation was on Jay - see here) but, after a slightly nervous start, who was able to put the material over in a simple and straightforward manner. Dr Wardell began by outlining the extraordinary of Jay's great success as a preacher, pastoring Argyle Chapel, Bath, a full 62 years. He then spoke of his biblicism, describing his personal and family devotions and referring to his publications, designed to help God's people in this area. We hope to publish the lecture in our magazine in due time.
The similar phrase 'Worldly Christianity' is one used by Bonhoeffer. 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.