Two shall become one flesh

What did Paul mean “This mystery is great” So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body. FOR THIS REASON A […]

CORINTHIAN HEAD COVERINGS – PART FOUR

In this short series on head coverings in Corinth I have presented information that supports the view that Paul referred to a custom of the region and directed the church to maintain this practice in the region of Corinth. The church in Corinth met in a home or homes and the larger houses of the period retained an open doorway […]

HEAD-COVERING IN CORINTH – “THE VEIL” PART THREE

Our feature image is a Grave relief from the mid 3rd Century AD depicting a family. Note the mother wears a head covering as her sign of marriage. In this post we are considering the significance of the veil or head covering in ancient Greco Roman society and especially in Corinth. We know from various historical documents that the wearing […]

HEAD-COVERING IN CORINTH – “CAPITE VELATO” PART TWO

In Latin, the phrase capite velato means literally “with covered head.” The term is used in Roman religious contexts to refer to the act of covering the head when performing sacrifices. The featured image is The Ara Pacis – housed in its own museum in Rome, the Ara Pacis was the throne of the Emperor Augustus. Above:  This image is taken from […]

HEAD-COVERING IN CORINTH PART ONE

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (ESV) Head Coverings Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head, 5 but every wife who […]

Run in such a way that you may win

Whilst out walking I gazed up at this tree with entangled roots and some words from the New Testament letter to the Hebrews came to mind. Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with […]