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Major Announcement regarding HCM and its founder

[Notice: For updates on Jeremy’s health you can follow his personal Facebook page.]

Hey everyone, it’s Jeremy the founder of the Head Covering Movement. I have some major life changing news that I’d like to share with you all today.

Since the night of June 2nd I have been having some serious health complications that included strong abdomen pain, back pain, and breathing problems. After numerous tests with specialists they have found the issues.

My breathing issues are because I have many large blood clots in my lungs which if they weren’t dealt with soon would have been fatal. It’s putting a lot of stress on my heart so that’s where doctors are focusing their time and effort on now trying to stabilize my heart and breathing before they move on to the next issue.

The lower body pain I’ve been experiencing is confirmed to be cancer. Though the cancer started in my lower body it has been moving upwards and I have a grapefruit sized tumor in my stomach which is wrecking havoc on my body as it’s wrapped around blood vessels and pushing organs around. It is also what’s been causing the blood clotting in my lungs. Both surgery and chemotherapy will be employed to deal with the cancer in various places.

So much has happened so soon. Just as early as a week ago–standing, walking, and turning were all movements I did without thinking but now are very difficult and can sometimes only be done with assistance or pain medication. I’m not able to help my wife with even the simplest of things and can expect to be mostly bed-ridden for the foreseeable future.

Even though I received a lot of bad news quickly, I am in good spirits. I am not scared or worried. My theology is keeping me grounded through this all. Particularly the Bible’s teaching on God’s sovereignty (Daniel 4:35) and the fact that he promises to work all things (including cancer) together for my good (Romans 8:28). Knowing I have an all-powerful God who is in complete control of this situation and is weaving this chain of events for my ultimate good is comforting. And knowing that even if I don’t recover from this and die early, I know that because my faith is placed in Jesus, I will spend eternity together with Him. The doctor when he broke the news to me said “I wish everyone could respond as well as you’re responding”, I told Him that the reason I can respond well is because “I’m in a right relationship with God.” It really is the only reason.

Your prayers for myself and my family would be greatly appreciated during the season. If anyone would like to help us out in a tangible way as we walk through this process, you can donate through Paypal or if you use a Canadian bank, through email money transfer (same e-mail for both: [email protected] ). For those who prefer less tech ways of giving, my mailing address is: Jeremy Gardiner    1123 49A Street NW     Edmonton, Alberta, Canada    T6L 4C5

100% of the money will be used to help cover the extra costs of things like hospital parking and medication as well as practical things which will lessen the load of my wife like take-out meals for my kids on days when she is too exhausted too cook.

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What does this mean for the Head Covering Movement? It means at least for the foreseeable future I will be unavailable to create or curate new content for the site. I don’t think it would be helpful to speculate long term right now. I likely will be able to provide an update toward the end of the year on my health and what will happen with HCM moving forward. Our site will remain online as a resource hub and my prayer is that it will continue to remain a blessing to those who find our site after researching this topic.

Covering The Web: May 15/17

Covering The Web

Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

    • How to Share Head Covering with Friends (Radical Christian Woman)
      “Once you discover the biblical mandate to head cover, you probably will find yourself wanting to share this newfound knowledge with your friends…Here are some tips for how to share”
    • WHY I WEAR A HEADCOVERING : Headcoverings & The Christian Faith (James & Lea D – Youtube)
      “My unique story of how and why I started wearing a head-covering as a Christian woman. Plus, a look at the scripture that backs it up. 1 Corinthians 11: 1-16”
    • Veiled Glory (Infertility Mom)
      “The thoughts I am about to explore took me over 30 years of walking with Jesus to even consider. I share them here ONLY for those interested in putting yourself more deeply under the Lordship of our God.” 
    • My head covering story (YourTrueVoice – Youtube)
      “The first in a video series on the head covering. I share how my personal journey got started.”
    • How to Discreetly Have a Head Covering Available | Head Covering Tip (Elaine Mingus – Youtube)
      A helpful tip from Elaine on having a head covering available at all times.
Found an interesting link about head covering? Tell us about it here.

Can Wedding Rings Replace Head Covering?

Can Wedding Rings Replace Head Covering?

Those who take the cultural viewpoint of head covering often argue that since the veil has no meaning in modern Western culture, believers can uphold the principle by substituting the symbol with something that has more modern relevance. The most often cited replacement is for women to wear a wedding ring.

As one example of this recommendation Dr. Roy B. Zuck in his book “Basic Bible Interpretation” says,

Should women today wear shawls on their heads in church? No, because the significance of women wearing shawls in the Greco-Roman world no longer holds true in our culture. The act does not carry the symbolism it once had. But is there a principle here to be followed, and to be expressed in a modern-day cultural equivalent? The principle of subordination (not inferiority!) of the wife to her husband still holds because that truth is stated elsewhere in Scripture. A possible modern cultural parallel, some have suggested, is the wife’s wedding ring (and changing her last name to that of her husband) which shows that she is married and thus is under her husband’s authority. 1) Zuck, Roy B.. (1991)., Basic Bible Interpretation: A Practical Guide to Discovering Biblical Truth (p. 97). Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook.

There is a foundational reason for why I don’t accept symbol replacement. We simply do not have the authority to change what God commands in Scripture. As his people, our responsibility is to accept what He commands and put it into practice, not modernize or update it. I’ve already covered this point in-depth here and shown how this hermeneutic actually undermines other biblical symbols (like Baptism and the Lord’s Supper). For this article, I’d like to narrow my focus on the “wedding ring” and share why I do not believe it is a suitable replacement for head covering. I’ll lay out my case through five reasons. Read more

References

1.
 Zuck, Roy B.. (1991)., Basic Bible Interpretation: A Practical Guide to Discovering Biblical Truth (p. 97). Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook.

If Paul appeals to the Creation Order, why didn’t Eve wear a Head Covering?

Why didn’t Eve wear a Head Covering?
The Objection: You say that Paul appeals to the creation order in 1 Corinthians 11 and I agree that it appears that way. The thing is, if that is the case, where was Eve’s head covering? Genesis 2 says she was naked, and not ashamed. And you can’t turn around and say that it only began after the Fall, because then it wouldn’t be a Creation mandate. How would you respond to such an argument?

In 1 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul grounds his argument for head covering in the pre-fall creation order. This is one of the strongest arguments for why veiling is not a cultural practice but rather is something that is to be upheld by all Christians. In making a distinction between the principle (biblical manhood and womanhood) and the symbol (head covering), some hold that only the principle needs modern affirmation. The symbol is seen as a cultural practice that pointed to proper gender roles in the first century, but that has no meaning today. Many complementarian theologians arrive at this conclusion because of a wrong expectation of continuity in practice. Meaning if the veil was truly grounded in the creation order, then not only would Eve have worn it before the fall, but also every godly woman throughout biblical history.

Head covering is not a practice that was required under the Old Covenant (though many women did cover throughout this time). It is only a requirement for those under the New Covenant (like us). So let’s first state up front that I agree that head covering was not supposed to be practiced in continuity from Eve onward. But that does not deal a death blow to the creation order argument. My position is that God has taken something common (a covering) and has infused it with creation order meaning. So he has set up a brand new symbol which he designed and gave meaning to, and then had His apostles deliver it to the churches for them to practice. This is not an anomaly as God has always been about creating symbols to visually teach different truths. Many of these symbols (like head covering) were only to be practiced under one covenant. For example, the sacrifices and the feasts (Col 2:16-17) were only to be practiced under the Old Covenant whereas Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are only for the new covenant. Read more

A Muslim Asks, Why Aren’t Christians Practicing Headcovering?

Marjolein is a Muslim from Holland. She asks us “Why aren’t Christians practicing head covering anymore”. In this video I lay out three general reasons why.

For info on how to submit your own question watch this video:

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