The passage in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, which covers covering, has been the subject of a long-standing confusion, even apparently for the translators, and also for my fellowship, my wife and myself. I think it is still relevant to think on this topic as Paul writes: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.2 I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.” In other words, Paul is concerned that this tradition (action) as well as teaching is continued without alteration, in his absence. Continue reading
Imagine seeing a body made entirely of hands, or of eyes (see image)? Or even, of feet? Or armpits? (I am imagining one eighty feet tall terrorising rural England- yeuch). Yet that seems to be how denominations can be. Bear in mind that the following post contains gross generalisations and is not an absolute guide to any particular fellowship of which you may be a member!
From 1 Corinthians 12: (focussing on the part from 12-27):
“Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.”
“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?”
“The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,…”
The emphasis of Paul’s passage is the gifts of the Spirit. But I would like to take this further and make some suggestions, that surely apply to the denominationally divided church today. Continue reading