Monthly Archives: February 2007

Women & headcoverings

I have been doing two things:  (1) writing a “What I Believe” page that details what I believe to be truth, and (2) reading through I Corinthians, both of which have led to today’s post:  I Corinthians 11:2-16 talks about women and their need to wear headcoverings when praying or prophesying as a recognition of the headship of man, of their subjection to man.  It is important to note that subjection does not indicate inferiority.  Although a woman is subject to her husband, she is not inferior.

I have not been in churches that have taught this, although I have seen occasional women honor this teaching.  Most of the time it seems to be ignored as a cultural instruction to those in Paul’s day or the long hair of the woman fulfills the requirement of a headcovering.

A couple things that the commentary I use says that have convicted me to pray and think on this further.  The commentary I use is the Believer’s Bible Commentary by William MacDonald.  First, it says, “Some think that the instruction given here was applicable only to Paul’s day.  Some even go so far as to contend that these verses reflect Paul’s prejudice against women, since he was a bachelor!  Still others simply accept the teaching of this portion, seeking to obey its precepts even if they do not understand them all.” (Emphasis in original).  The other thing pointed out by the commentary is: “Does Paul mean that the things he has just been saying are not important enough to contend about? Does he mean that there was no such custom of women veiling their heads in the churches?  Does he mean that these teachings are optional and not to be pressed upon women as the commandments of the Lord?  It seems strange that any such interpretation would ever be offered, yet they are commonly heard today.  This would mean that Paul considered these instructions as of no real consequence, and he had just been wasting over half a chapter of Holy Scripture in setting them forth!”

Of course, I don’t know what to do next if I become convicted on this but my wife does not.  That would be a strange result, would it not?

So, here is what I believe this portion of scripture teaches, without addressing whether it still applies today:  God is the head of Jesus, Jesus is the head of man, man is the head of woman.  This is the natural order of things.  Man is not to cover his head as this would be a covering of his glory — a covering of Jesus.  In the same way, woman is to cover her head as an acknowledgement of  her subjection to man.  The headcovering rules only apply when prophesying or praying.

Does this mean that when a woman wants to pray she must first find a headcovering?  I often pray in the middle of the night when I wake up and can’t sleep.  Must a woman find a headcovering at these times?  Or is she only to cover her head when she is in public, since the headcovering is simply an outward sign of an inward grace?

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February 2007 Training Plan

Training is done for February 2007!  I trained for a 12-minute mile-and-a-half, and it worked.  Next step is training for the half-marathon!

26 Feb PT TEST! (52 push-ups, 52 sit-ups, 1.5 miles in 11:34)
23 Feb Treadmill 30 mins @ 6.3 Ran a practice test at 12:02, did 52 push-ups, but only 34 sit-ups
22 Feb Outdoor run for 25 mins, less pain, no walking, most running was fairly high speed
21 Feb 3x800m @ 8 mph
20 Feb Outdoor run for 30 mins, but experienced pain from new shoes, some walking done on the return trip
19 Feb Treadmill 30 mins @ 6.3
16 Feb Treadmill 30 mins @ 6.0
14 Feb 2x800m & 2x400m @ 8 mph
12 Feb Treadmill 30 mins @ 6.0
9 Feb Valentine 5K @ Luke AFB (27:30)
7 Feb 2x800m & 1x200m @ 8 mph
5 Feb Treadmill 30 mins @ 6.0
2 Feb Treadmill 30 mins @ 6.0
31 Jan 2x800m @ 7.5 mph; 2x400m @ 8 mph
29 Jan Treadmill 30 mins @ 6.0

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Trip to Texas?

I would like to begin to prayerfully consider a trip to Texas in April.  On a Friday and Saturday, there is a course being taught at Homestead Heritage that I would very much like to attend.  I would also like to visit with my good friend, Chris, and attend their worship services.  Gina doesn’t seem to like the idea as it will push money away from our farm.  But I would really like the opportunity to visit Homestead again and observe them living out their lives as they are led by the spirit.  It would also be an opportunity to visit with my sister & nieces on the way out, and a chance for Caleb & Meagan to visit with their Grandpa, assuming he could meet us in Waco again.  Finally, we could stop by our good friends in Argyle, TX, on our way home.

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When can we move?

Our outlook really has changed here.  We used to think we needed for the adoption to be final before we could move to Nebraska.  But now it turns out that the only thing we now need to move to China is a job!  Based on my current leave balance, it looks like if I take no more leave for the rest of the year, I can go on ‘terminal leave’ on 1 September.  I’m not sure if there are any other benefits associated with a separation, such as time for moving household goods back to my home of record.  I still wanted to take some time off, though, in May or June to inspect our newly-acquired residence, so I probably won’t be going on terminal leave quite so soon.  Plus Caleb constantly asks me to take days off, right now he is pushing for me to take his birthday off.

So now we wait for word back from either Nemaha County or USCIS (as I think those are my best prospects).

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Job Search Continues

Whew!  Today I finally sent off two applications that I have high hopes about.  The first was a coverletter and resume to the Nemaha County Attorney, in hopes that I might be able to fill their recently-vacated deputy position.  When I spoke with the county attorney, he didn’t seem too encouraging, but I really feel that this position was communicated to me as a God-thing.  There is no other way I would/could have found out about it since it is still not an advertised vacancy. 

The other application I sent in is less crucial, but I applied for adjunct faculty positions with Peru State College in Peru, NE.  Peru is in Nemaha County, so it would be simple for me to complete my work in Auburn, then swing up to Peru to do some teaching. 

I can’t remember whether I communicated our good news from Monday yet or not, but on Monday Gina learned that if we leave the state of Arizona while our adoption is still pending, it will not impact our ability to adopt!  That means we don’t have to wait for the adoption to be final to move to Nebraska!  We are very excited — that is what has led to this renewed vigor in my job search.  As soon as I get a job offer, I will apply to seperate from active duty in the Air Force.  I still plan to be a reservist at Offutt AFB, though.  If I can’t get out early, I can still get out around 1 September!  It is exciting to think that we are only months away from reaching our dream!

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Septic problems

Today I need to make at least two phone calls.  First, I need to call the seller of the house in Nebraska, Normand, and talk to him about the septic tank problem.  I talked to Gina’s uncle, Rick, last night, and he is certain that we have a saturated drain field and that the drain field will need to be replaced.  Rick will help me install the new drain field when the time comes, but I don’t want to have to bear this expense all by myself.  I still need to talk to Gina about all this, too.

Second, I need to call the county attorney for Nemaha county and ask him if I can send him my resume.  I will send in my resume regardless, but I want to make contact first.

Gina will need to call Great Wall to see what impact our relocation to NE would have on the adoption process, if any.

I also need to go for a run today.  I am sure that Caleb will want to go along, and Meagan may also want to go along, which will complicate things and will make it very hard for me to get in a decent workout.  Oh well.  I could go running now, but I know that I won’t.

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Friday in NE

This morning I went to the airport to pick up the luggage that somehow made it to Omaha, even though my dad wasn’t able to (see post “Wednesday in NE”).  It was a relatively simple process, nothing eventful.

Then we went to lunch with Grandma and pushed off for home at 1200L.  We drove all through the afternoon and evening, reaching Liberal, KS at 2100.  Then we drove through the night to get home Saturday at about 10:30L.  What a long drive!

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