Sunday, June 10, 2007


This Sunday and last Sunday I was giving a two-part series at my church in Tacoma on the topic of headship. The first week I went over the broad concept as it is seen in scripture, and on the second week I focused on 1 Corinthians 11, where it is applied. My notes can be found on my server, in the text directory:


  1. I sped read due to a fussy baby; had to laugh at the Legolas pic. =)
    When do you think a woman is in the presence of God's glory and therefore should have her head covered? A "gathering of the saints?" Family devotions? Personal devotions? Is it up to her/her husband?
    It was interesting to see the difference between "covered/uncovered" and "covering."

  2. Yeah, the difference between "covered/uncovered" and "covering" was the biggest surprise to me, because so many people are under the impression that they are the same word.

    As far as when this applies, It would seem from the context that these "traditions" were something practiced when they came together as a church. (The broad context of 1 Corinthians is assembly order, as well as the immediate context of 1 Corinthians 11.)

    I take "prayer" and "prophecy" as speaking to God or about God, whether collectively or individually. I would remove my hat especially if I were leading in prayer or worship, but also if I were participating in it collectively. I would also remove my hat if I were speaking to others on behalf of God, or if the word of God was being expounded. I would also carry this over to private prayer/worship and private exhortation.

    I don't think this is something that I need to be dogmatic with others about. I think this issue is a very misunderstood one, and the main purpose of my speaking on it is to remove some of the confusion surrounding it that has led to bitterness in some. Paul was fixing ignorance, not enforcing tradition (v.2), and that is my goal as well. I think that if someone were teaching that this should not be the practice of Christians, he would be out of line (1 Cor 11:16), but I see no need to enforce the practice.