On 1 Corinthians 11, Authority, and God’s Glory

If you’ve seen me in the last week or two, you may have noticed something unusual.

I’ve been wearing a head scarf. I started wearing one because the new anxiety medication I had started had made my skin really sensitive, and my hair brushing the back of my neck was almost too much to bear.

That was three weeks ago. In the time since, I have noticed how comfortable it is to have my hair like this: the scarf kept the hair off my neck, which made me cooler; it removed the necessity to tie my hair up in a ponytail, which always gives me a headache after a couple hours; and it made it quicker to do my hair (I often restyle my hair five or six times in a day, taking about 10 minutes to do it each time).

While I was stuck at home, waiting for my medication to set in, I stumbled across The Head Covering Movement. It was started by Jeremy Gardiner after he and his wife Amanda studied 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, which you may recognise as the passage in which Paul talks about head covering in corporate worship. After reading his testimony and argument for head covering, my spirit implored me to explore this issue more. For a little while, I talked to people, read testimonies, and prayed about the issue. Eventually I returned to my previous position on the matter: that head covering in the Corinthian church mattered to them, because in that culture, married women signified their marital status by covering their heads. To leave their heads uncovered was greatly disrespectful to their husbands, as taking off wedding rings is today, as it implied that she did not recognise his authority over her. That’s how I take it, at any rate. I don’t think that unmarried women need be concerned about the issue, by the way, both because of the cultural practice, and also because Paul says that head coverings signify authority; that the husband is in authority over his wife. I think that as long as a woman wears some recognised symbol of authority (a wedding ring, for example), Paul’s commands in this passage are fulfilled.

But though I returned to my previous convictions, for a few days I still thought about the issue. I’ve been thinking about submission and how our culture ignores the issue, and I came to the conclusion that, despite wedding rings signifying marital status, I don’t think they portray the image of the wife being in submission with her husband.

For this reason, I have decided to cover my head, full-time.

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Stuff to look at Sepember 2012 to May 2013 – part 1

So if you’re my friend on Facebook you’ll know that I post stacks and stacks of links. These are blogs posts, videos I find interesting, news stories, funny pictures… really, anything. But links frequently get lost in the maelstrom that is the Facebook news feed, so I’m going to put all of my posts from the last – well, however long I want, in this blog post. Which will just be another link I post on Facebook (lol, the irony!). This is the first of these posts. I’m not sure how many there will be. Continue reading

On leaving a church, part 2

Welcome back! This is part two of a two part series on why I’m not longer a Lutheran. You can find part 1 here.

In part 1, I explored my reasons for disliking Lutheran doctrine. I showed how the church adds to the authority of the Bible by saying that Luther’s writings and the historical creeds are “true expositions” of God’s word. I also detailed why I think that they have an unhealthy emphasis on baptism and communion. I finished off by saying that this alone was not enough to push me out. I could live with the failures in theology. No system of thought is totally correct; that’s the downside of our sinful nature. What really made me leave was the attitude of many members toward each other, toward outsiders, toward the world, and most of all, toward God. Continue reading

On leaving a church

When I was young I was adamant that to be a Lutheran was to be absolutely Biblical and correct. I was proud of my Lutheran heritage; I would tell people that I was a Christian when they asked, but I would immediately add that I was a Lutheran. In fact, I tried to convert my Evangelical friend (Daryl) to Lutheranism. I even worked for the church. So suffice to say, I was a dedicated Lutheran.

Then I started reading the Bible.

Now, over three years after I met Daryl, I have completely left my Lutheran days behind and have joined the Reformed, Calvinist stream of theology. After a lot – a lot – of thought, I’m going to write about why. This is the first part – the second will be up tomorrow.

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What is love?

If you’re like me, you will have started singing this song by now. But I’m not talking about Haddaway. That’s the title of a chain email I’ve received twice this week. It’s your typical wishy-washy “Isn’t this sweet” type of email. Basically, a stack of kids are asked what they think love is and they reply very cutely. At the end is a prayer that you’re supposed to pray for the person who sent you. All in all, seems like a really harmless, cute email, right? One that’s good to send on?

Well, no.

I’m going to include the email behind the cut.

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