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Covering the Web: April 30/14

Covering The Web

Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

  • Modest Monday: Garlands of Grace Review and GIVEAWAY!!!! (Raising Soldiers for Christ)
    “My journey with head covering I guess began as a child……Click on the giveaway and enter for your chance to win a head covering from Garlands of Grace!!!!” (Giveaway ends tomorrow, May 1st)
  • The history of headcoverings in the Church (Examiner.com)
    “While most Christian women today do not veil their heads, many are surprised to learn that wearing headcoverings was actually the rule throughout the history of the Church…Below is a list of quotations from historically important theologians that make it clear that wearing such coverings was the universal practice of the Christian Church.”
  • It’s never too late for Easter bonnets (With God’s Help)
    “I read a number of sites that had been suggested to me in order to better understand the arguments against headcovering. In the end, the most compelling reason to me is simply that it is commanded in the same breath that other directions we have been given and maintain are.”
  • Head Coverings and a Consistent Biblical Hermeneutic (Reformed Christian Theology)
    “Paul does not say “nor have the churches of God for now” or “in Greece” or any other qualifying phrase or context in which the commandment is given. If this is the case, how can we not interpret the command to be important and to be followed as a matter of obedience?”
Found an interesting link about head covering or biblical manhood/womanhood? Tell us about it here.

Covering Testimony: Crystal Moyer

Head Covering Testimonies
Name: Crystal MoyerAge: 24Location: Bedminster, PAStarted Covering: January 2014

Covering Testimony: Crystal Moyer

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

Hi, my name is Crystal Moyer! The Lord has been so gracious to me in my short 24 years, and I have seen Him work so intimately in my life that I cannot help but praise Him! I have grown up in the church, but not always a church that preaches from the Bible and so that has been frustrating and caused me to seek a church that firmly stands on the Word as  their source of Authority. I currently work as a social worker with adults who struggle with chronic mental illnesses. I am also engaged to a wonderful man of God, Christopher and we are in a long distance relationship until I will move to Texas in the fall of 2014. My heart and mind have been transformed through Christ and His work in my life both through Scripture and through Christopher and his leading of Bible studies. I enjoy theatre and have been heavily involved in both high school and college in performances and wish to get involved some time in the future. I also enjoy singing and lifting praises to our God both in public worship and private prayer times. Christopher and I are a mixed couple (he is black and I am white) and we have gotten some strong resistance from family members about this. However, through the Lord working in their hearts, things have become much more civil. I am amazed at the man God has given me to marry and I look forward to the day we will be married! The Gospel is at the core of our relationship and we seek to literally live out the picture of Christ and His Church through our marriage. We have learned a lot and have much more to learn about what that truly means. Read more

Charles Ryrie Quote Image #2

Charles Ryrie Quote Image #2

Source: Charles Ryrie – The Ryrie Study Bible NASV (Moody Publishers, 1976) Page 303

What Did Thomas Aquinas Believe About Head Covering?

Head Covering: Church History Profiles

[Series introduction: This post is part of a series that examines what certain leaders in church history believed about head covering. Their arguments, choice of language and conclusions should not be misconstrued as an endorsement from us. The purpose of this series is to faithfully show what they believed about covering rather than only selectively quoting the parts we agree with.]

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was an Italian Dominican friar and priest and an immensely influential philosopher and theologian. He is considered by the Catholic Church to be its greatest theologian and one of the thirty-three Doctors of the Church.
Thomas Aquinas

In the 1200’s Thomas Aquinas published a commentary on the book of Corinthians. It’s a thorough treatment that shows us how he understood head covering and how it was practiced in the middle ages.

To set the stage, Aquinas believed the focus of 1 Corinthians 11 was issues related to the Eucharist, and head covering related to proper dress during this practice. He said “[the Corinthians] erred in clothing, namely, because the women gathered for the sacred mysteries with heads uncovered”. So for Aquinas, head covering was a church issue.

He gave us two reasons to explain what it was that head covering symbolized. The first reason was “because a veil put on the head designates the power of another over the head of a person existing in the order of nature. The second reason he gave was, “to show that the glory of God should not be concealed but revealed; but man’s glory is to be concealed.” So head covering was a symbol that you were subject to another in nature and it was also meant to conceal the glory of man. Read more

Covering Testimony: Alison Chapman

Head Covering Testimonies
Name: Alison ChapmanAge: 44Location: Oxford, UKStarted Covering: 2010

Covering Testimony: Alison Chapman

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Alison and I come from a missionary background, growing up as a child in the Seychelles in the early 70s. I have known the Lord from an early age but perhaps with more head knowledge rather than heart. I really encountered the love of the Lord whilst training at bible college in my late 20s. That’s where the Lord radically changed me and developed within me a desire for truth and to know Him in a deeper way and to make Him known.  I have been challenged by the cost of following Jesus in everyday life and I seek to love Him wholeheartedly and somehow share the good news of Jesus. I have especially enjoyed various work opportunities overseas including time spent in Israel, a nation that the Lord has put on my heart.  I married at the age of 41, after what seemed like an arduous, sometimes painful and long wait, to a prayerful and righteous man that God had been preparing me for.  I have learned much from my husband and I have joy and appreciation in being his wife. Read more

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