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Head Coverings, Part 1: My Personal Journey (The Domestic Theologian)

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Covering the Web is where we shine the spotlight on good content about head covering or complementarianism that we did not produce ourselves. This week we’d like to introduce you to an article by Jessica A. Hageman which was posted at The Domestic Theologian.

Before beginning my foray into formal theological study a few years ago, I had never heard a single person in the church openly indicate (or even imply) that the passage on female head covering in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 is to be applied in the Christian church today. I’ve been going to church since I was in diapers, but it wasn’t until 2016 that I met some sisters in Christ who revealed that they practice head covering. The more I talked with these women and the more I opened up in questioning their interpretation, the more my eyes were opened to women in my close personal circles – in my own church congregation, even – who also apply the passage in this way.

I was stunned at first. I definitely stuck my foot in my mouth on many occasions with phrases like, “Surely you know this passage is about Corinthian culture. You need to repent of your legalism.” This is what I had always been told and I never thought to question it. And to be honest, I didn’t want to question it. I didn’t want to stick out like a sore thumb in a culture that demands I have both the looks and the feminism of Emma Watson. I didn’t want to look like an Amish grandmother in comparison.

The more I had these hard conversations with my patient friends, however, the more I felt convicted about my rationale (or lack thereof) for objecting to this passage’s modern application. For several months in 2017, I began covering during corporate worship (the formal gathering of the local church) but hadn’t come to any solid conclusions at this time except that I didn’t trust my motives for objecting. I decided I would rather be safe than sorry, so to speak, until I came to a more solid conclusion; I had at least decided that while it definitely isn’t disobedient to cover, it might be disobedient not to. It wasn’t too much trouble to tie on a bandana once a week until I actually studied the subject in depth.

After several months I wavered again. I had experienced some pushback from some close believing friends, and being a people-pleaser, it wrecked me to experience this conflict over a conviction I already wasn’t confident about. I started reading through the passage critically again. The arguments of both sides seemed equally heavy. Life became exceptionally busy when Devynn and I started dating and got engaged, and I completely forgot about it for almost a year.

Then one random day in June, I was hit with a wall of conviction – not about my failure to cover, per se, but about my apathy. I didn’t care whether or not I was being disobedient, and I didn’t care to seek answers in Scripture. So I sat down, wrote a list of all my questions and objections, pulled out every commentary and Bible translation I could find in our house, and sprawled out on the floor with them. And here’s the thing about this passage, its language, and the controversy surrounding it: I spent nearly four hours like this, but only one or two out of my nine or ten questions had been answered in any definitive way.


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Covering The Web: Jan 26/18

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Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

    • Presbyterian Head Covering (Matthew Grant)
      “The law of the scripture demands women dress modestly in church and given the second section of this chapter; they must cover their hair in church as the hair of a woman is the glory of a woman.”
    • Where To Get Headcoverings (James & Lea D – Youtube)
      A video demonstration of various styles along with information on where to buy them.
    • ACLU Alleges Discrimination Over Prison Visitor’s Christian Head Covering (Law.com)
      “‘Once she identified herself as a Christian, the officer refused to allow her to proceed through security,’ the ACLU lawyers said. They said the officer told her that a Christian belief in head covering was not ‘recognized,’ but that if she were ‘Muslim or Jewish,’ then the scarf she wore would have been ‘fine.'”
    • The Head Covering and Real Life (YourTrueVoice – Youtube)
      “Is there any practical application to this symbol? Is it possible for a Christian to walk it out? Part 2 of the series.”
    • Elegant Wedding Head Coverings (Radical Christian Woman)
      “As a Christian that head covers during church, I definitely cover at a wedding service as a guest.  But what about the bride?…Here is a list of 10 elegant wedding head coverings for brides-to-be…”
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Covering The Web: May 15/17

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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.
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Covering The Web: Mar 7/17

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Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

    • About Those Pink Hats — A Christian Woman’s Reaction (Latayne.com)
      “After I saw all those pink hats, and found out what they meant, I did what I never thought I’d do. I decided– and announced publicly– that I was going to start wearing a head covering while praying or speaking publicly at church.”
    • Should Christians practice head covering? (Youtube)
      6min Youtube video: “What does the Bible teach about head coverings? Is this a practice we should still do today? “
    • Should A Christian Woman Cover Her Hair? (Radical Christian Woman)
      “And you thought only CNN was biased! The church has a TON of it’s own biases (and so does Fox News too!) Maybe “bias” is a harsh word. But what else would you call it when almost all modern church women don’t cover their heads and haven’t since the 1960s.”
    • Ahh, the Headcovering Issue (Covered Christian)
      I am a Christian.  I attend a Southern Baptist church.  And, I wear a head covering in accordance with my understanding of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. I began doing this in September of 2009
    • Got It Covered (The Peaceful Wife)
      April re-published and updated her article and video on head covering. You can watch the video here.
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Covering The Web: Jan 23/17

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Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

    • Straightforward English Helps us Understand Headcovering (Truth at Home)
      “Last night, I watched Steven Anderson’s sermon “Head Coverings in Light of the Bible” for the first time. For several months I had been planning to view it, but hadn’t felt quite up to the agitation I suspected would result.”
    • Headcovering and Happiness (The Happy Housewife)
      “My veils make me so happy. I’m protected by God and my husband, and the veils (or my glittering or satin headbands when I choose to cover that way) remind me of that and make me feel safe and secure. And I adore the femininity of it. I love being feminine.”
    • Piper and Grudem: Wrong on Headcoverings (Reformed Christian Theology)
      “Both John Piper and Wayne Grudem repeat falsehoods in their ‘Fifty Crucial Questions: An Overview of Central Concerns About Manhood and Womanhood.’ My corrections to their claims will interrupt what they have written”
    • 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 – An interactive Bible Study (Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely)
      “Knowing that convictions on an issue come through personally working through the Scripture instead of having someone spoon-feed you an answer, I wanted to provide my bible study on 1 Corinthians 11 for the benefit of a few readers.”
    • A Gift that Made Me Smile (Truth at Home)
      “This past Sunday was beautiful. The weather was beautiful, and something that happened to me was beautiful, too. A lady at my church gave me a gift, and that gift was a variety of lovely zheadcoverings!”
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[Re-Blog] Christian Woman Forced to Remove Religious Headscarf at Alabama DMV, Told Only Muslims Can Cover Head

Yvonne Allen
The following article is a part of our re-blog series where we seek to give exposure to those who are writing interesting pieces on Complementarianism and head covering. We are not the author.

A Christian woman who was forced by DMV staff in Alabama to remove a headscarf she wore as a symbol of her faith in order to take a photo to renew her driver license is now suing local officials for violating her religious freedom rights under the U.S. and state constitutions.

The ACLU announced on Tuesday that it had filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Christian woman, Yvonne Allen of Tuskegee, asking the court to order DMV officials to allow her to retake her driver license photo with her headscarf intact.

“Today, the ACLU and ACLU of Alabama filed a federal lawsuit on Ms. Allen’s behalf, arguing that Lee County’s refusal to provide a religious accommodation to Ms. Allen violates her rights under the Alabama Constitution and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit asks the court to order Lee County officials to allow Ms. Allen to retake her driver license photo with her headscarf,” the ACLU said.

“Wearing a headscarf is an integral part of my Christian beliefs. In 2011, I moved with my children to Alabama after the end of a 12-year relationship with their father. I was lost, confused, hurt, and broken. But I turned to God and spent hours in prayer and study. During that time, it became clear to me that, to be obedient to God’s Word and show my submission to Him, I had to cover my hair on a daily basis. In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul speaks very clearly without ambiguity about this. I have followed this command every day since and believe that removing my headscarf in public is extremely shameful and dishonors God,” Allen first wrote in a statement on the issue in April.

According to the lawsuit, Allen visited the DMV office in Auburn on Dec. 29, 2015, to renew her expired license and was told she had to remove her head covering and eyeglasses in order to take the photo for the document.

“No ma’am, I don’t uncover my hair,” Allen said she told the clerk.

“She asked me, ‘Is it for religious purposes?'”

“I smiled, ‘Yes, ma’am,'” said Allen.

The clerk then asked Allen if she was Muslim and when Allen told her she is Christian the clerk told her that she would have to remove the headscarf.

“Ms. Allen informed the clerk that she does not uncover her hair. In response, the clerk asked her, ‘Is it for religious purposes?’ Ms. Allen responded, ‘Yes ma’am.’ The clerk then asked, ‘Are you Muslim?’ When Ms. Allen explained that she is a Christian, the clerk told her, ‘No, then you need to uncover your hair. Only Muslim women have the right to cover their hair in the driver license photos,'” the lawsuit said. Read more

[Re-Blog] A Complementarian “Samurai” Man Emerged!

Re-Blog: Headcovering Articles
The following article is a part of our re-blog series where we seek to give exposure to those who are writing interesting pieces on Complementarianism and head covering. We are not the author.

Dear brothers and sisters, today, I’d like to share my joy with you regarding the Christian Head Covering in 1 Corinthians 11. A few weeks ago, a Japanese brother wrote to my blog, saying that by reading the HCM articles, he was convicted that the Christian Headcovering is applicable for today (though he was not sure, at that time, that this command should be applied to ALL Christian women or not.)

Then, this evening, this same brother wrote to me and said as follows: I made a small leaflet regarding my personal conviction of the woman’s headcovering practice and distributed it to my wife and several other sisters in the church today.

Wow! Isn’t he brave? Isn’t he like a 21st century “samurai”? Yeah, I think he is! Not only this brother, but I’ve also witnessed other courageous and valiant complementarian brothers who stand firm on the Bible doctrine.

And I strongly believe that there must be many other potential “samurai” brothers in the churches across the globe whom the world is waiting for their emergence! We need more brothers like him who dare to testify the Bible truth gently and fearlessly.

As regards to the recent phenomenon called the “feminization of the church”, the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood said as follows;

Walk into the average evangelical church in America, and you will likely sing lyrics such as “I want my life to be a love song for you, Jesus” and “I want to fall in love with you.”

Then you might hear a sermon encouraging Christians to be “intimate” with Jesus and attend a “care group” where everyone is expected to share their feelings.

Such tactics might appeal to women, but they are at least partially unbiblical and push men away from Christianity, according to Randy Stinson, executive director of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) and assistant professor of gender and family studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS).

“Where are the men in our churches today?” Stinson said in a lecture sponsored by the SBTS theology school council March 29. “We have a crisis going on in the local church. Number one, men aren’t coming. And number two, when they are coming, they’ve [sic] marginalized, they’re being passive, they’re being pushed to the side.”

I believe that the recovery of the practice of the headcovering will reinforce and further the Biblical masculinity and femininity. And it must be one of the strongest testimonies of the 21st century Christian churches to the gender-confused world that God exists and that there is a creation order of men and women which reflects His infinite wisdom and beauty!

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