Bro Eicher, you may have a point (your first comment) as you draw inferences from other parts of scripture to come to the conclusion that it is both a question of modesty and headship.

God said these will knock on his door and he will tell them to go away. That's why I feel that merely wearing a ribbon, or some other similar item is insufficient to fulfill this commandment. For some groups, different covering styles or colors were used to signify the availability of a woman for marriage (as old order Amish and some more conservative groups still do). We left the Catholic church because we didn't believe in infant baptism.

I like the idea that, just as the cherubim in Isaiah 6 covered their faces in the presence of God, it is suitable for a woman to cover her glory, which is to say her hair, in the His presence. The Biblical Teaching on the Head Covering.

The lace head coverings are beautiful!

Do this by catching the net and hair in the pin and then tucking it down underneath. Repeat with other side. I really appreciate you sharing your studies on this subject, I have studied it somewhat in depth in the past but hadn't remembered about how that the word "for" in that verse can have different interpretations.

God's commands are the issue, they mean what they are, they may cause a feeling, but they are not a sign of a feeling. However, if I'm completely honest, I have to say I feel the Mennonites are somewhat unbalanced in our practice of 1 Cor 11 and have the focus of application almost entirely on the women's side and very little mention of the men, which irks me. Place the centre on the crown of your head, bring the ends to pass under your chin, and tie at the back of your head. I don't want to sound demanding or judgemental, I just wondered what you're getting at or where you're coming from. Renee has told me alot about you all and I’ve seen your how-to videos on youtube. Just curious to hear your opinion on that. A question for you: Do you think that Paul when he was "being a Jew to reach the Jews" would've continued to cover his head while in the synagogue as was the Jewish custom? Paul gives clear inference that it is shameful to be uncovered previous to his commentary) is a cultural practice of their day which Paul, with Holy Spirit inspiration, chose to add to the repertoire of necessary Christian practice. You don't know what a "tichel" is or you are wondering which style is appropriate for a Christian woman to wear. I'm cool with saying yes, in the context of 1 Thess 5:17 it's a good idea for me to wear the veil all the time. Hello Brother Eicher,

I admit that I struggle with the fact that there are so many people who do not follow clear Scriptural teaching, and yet seem to enjoy the blessing of God. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Use the two hairpins to secure this. I'm not saying that I know the right application of this, it just peeves me a little that I've not ever really heard this really acknowledged as something for Christian men to think about. On the one hand stress is laid on leaving hair long, natural, etc. Delmar Stoltzfoos. There are lots of things closer to God's heart -- such as the kingdom of God, loving one another, finances and caring for people. I don't deny it would be terribly impractical for farmers and people working outside to have their heads uncovered.

of our headcoverings? I would study commentaries and other sources to do my best to take an unbiased view of the subject. As for churches which wait until marriage, I guess that is between them and the Lord. I feel that girls oughtn't to wear a covering until they can explain why. Still others apparently choose to wait until marriage. It does make a lot of sense, and I'm glad to have learned that. You can see a photo essay from a young Amish girl in Michigan showing how to make this bun at Amish Workshops, or you can watch this tutorial from a sister on YouTube: What you need: hairnet, 2 large hairpins and 5 small hairpins. I think it is best to seek the truth and follow it, and leave the reason why to God. In this blog are some of my thoughts regarding the Anabaptist church.

She isn't supposed to let her hair be seen by everyone; she's supposed to keep it for him. How to wear the Covering. I guess it's one of those issues where each person works out his own salvation with fear and trembling. I believe that the since the covering is intended for this dual purpose, it is more than a mere symbol. I do not want to say we should "shut down" the conversation, because it is good... but, let's keep in mind that Jesus never mentioned this and that Paul mentioned it one time. Each and every command is just as important as the others to follow. For example, the headwear worn by Amish women is a flat head covering (usually white) with strings attached. This is not explicitly explained in Scripture, and may be open to individual interpretation or understanding. Create your own unique website with customizable templates. Some churches put coverings on baby girls.

Fold the square in half along the diagonal to create a right-angle triangle. If a woman's hair is immodest, what then about her face? I wholeheartedly agree that the Devil seems to be a master at side-tracking God's people into majoring on minors. Pin it at the crown, sliding the pins back into the lower hair, and at the sides, using the smaller hairpins. Just wash it with everything else – unless you’ve used a difficult material, in which case, use your own discretion. 3 – Cover with the hairnet and pin it all around with six to eight hairpins (removing the ones you’ve just used in Step 2 and re-using them).

Yet we then put it up (going against all nature, and making it appear short and manlike). Plait a further 6-8 inches or so and leave the tails free. I do not think it is an outward sign of something deeper, nor do I think Baptism is. There are many things that are not hard to understand or controversial (which are repeated over and over again in the Bible) that I wish we would spend a lot more times focusing on and really applying to our daily lives, like James 1:27. You can buy a kerchief or scarf the right size. Maybe your new to head coverings and you are confused by all the styles available. Do you mean modest as in, un-showy, un-pretentious, or modest as in, the reason we wear clothing? Thank you for taking the time to write this posting. There are some references to Greek words in this study, but I will avoid being too technical and to make things as clear as possible. Blessings to you, too! 3 – Cross the plaits at the back and bring them up to the front of the head. Those who are made up of the extra conservative branch of Old Colony Mennonites such as the ones from Lower Barton Creek, Pine Hill, and Red Bank resemble the Old Order Mennonites of Springfield and Upper Barton Creek in dress and lifestyle but their headcovering is used in the same fashion as Shipyard (Old Colony), although it is always black, never with extra colors on it. Just wash it with everything else – unless you’ve used a difficult material, in which case, use your own discretion. If there are any actual Altkolonier or Kleinegemeinde Mennonites (current or former) who could tell me how to do it properly, that would be brilliant.

If us ladies would apply the passage in that way the flip side would be wearing the covering whenever we feel like, but for sure at church. I'm thankful that those details do not qualify as "doctrine" per se, and we can still enjoy fellowship and learn from others in the family of Christ who have not come to the same conclusions in these areas. If the top of the head is to be covered, I fail to see how a cup shaped, semi-transparent highly specialize cap unique to a specific culture, along with a host of other variants which all seem to maximize covering the back of the head are suitable to serve this purpose. Since I Corinthians 11 deals mainly with headship, it seems fruitless to attempt to prove what exactly is "modest enough." I decided that if I learned that the Bible did not teach the head covering as a practice which is applicable today, I would not promote it. Jesus said the word is not for man's interpretation, yet many ignore this.

This seems to be the most popular bun if you search for an “Amish” or “Mennonite” bun on the internet, and it produces a reasonably flat bun well-suited to the stiff, pleated caps worn by many Amish and Conservative Mennonite groups. I have a few problems with putting coverings on babies. Also, men tend to find long flowing hair to be attractive, and as such, it is a good idea to remove temptation by covering the hair. Styles, patterns, color and age of when to use it depends on the church's interpretation of it. Delmar, yes, I agree there are so many passages in the Bible concerning the fatherless, the widows, what we're supposed to do with our resources, etc. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. That's why it's so important to read the Bible and have it renew our minds and show us over and over what it is that God really desires from us. They look wonderful on your head, the way they lay . Several years ago, I decided to learn exactly what the Bible said about the head covering. Probably this is sometime during the late preteen years.

Agape is a commitment, not a feeling.

I live in a city with a Mennonite church and while we don’t have horse and buggy Mennonites, we do have those who dress more like the Amish and those who dress in long jean skirts and t-shirts that work at a local thrift store.