Because of the Angels 2

Universality and ethnicity in Paul’s churches - Dr, Koontz (

Continuing on the thought of last weeks post, "why does this section of scripture matter" ... 

Quoting Dr. Koontz once again:

Likewise the worship practices of the Corinthians are to be brought into harmony with universal church practice (1 Cor. 14:26-36). Women were speaking “in the churches,” but Paul commands silence for women in the churches so that they are not participating in the public proclamation and overriding the necessity for submission (1 Cor. 14:34). The command to silence harmonizes with the command to wear a head covering in that Paul seeks to inculcate a universal practice of female submission to men “in all the churches.” The distinctive for our purposes is the Pauline reminder that “in all the churches” or “in all the churches of the saints” something is the case. 

So we don't just snip out the headcoverings pericope as a standalone doctrine, but we see how the practice of head coverings, submission, and silence in the Church harmonize around Chrstian truth.

This universality of practice opens up a broader horizon for the significance of Pauline imitation than even the questions of power or specific practice that we covered in the previous two chapters. If Pauline imitation is a gateway to something larger, what was that larger thing with which Paul was concerned? In these two admonitions in 1 Cor. 11 and 14 we see a glimpse of the larger thing: universal practice marking out a distinctive community. The rationales about female subordination to men that Paul provides in 1 Cor. 11:2-15 and 14:34, 37 are decisive in tone and include exhortations to obedience such that one has no other choice but to obey or be cast out. Indeed, should one disregard Paul’s admonitions concerning women’s silence or any other practical regulation he delivered, “if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized” (1 Cor. 14:38). The adherence to Pauline tradition and practice is the litmus test of being among the brothers and within the churches of all the saints. Through that adherence, one practices those things that accord with being “in Christ,” whether in a Pauline congregation such as Corinth, Philippi, or Thessalonica or anywhere else, for the practices are the same “in all the churches of God.” That universality is reflected in Paul’s discussions with both his own churches and others about the nature of belonging to the church. 

This is important as we see the idea of headship and God's order of creation challenged by leadership in our Synod. We discussed the plans at St Johns to reconfigure congregational leadership, in concert with the upper echelons of Synod leadership. The idea of rethinking congregational governance was presented at last years' Lutheran Leadership Conference. We see it in the reconfiguration of WLHS's governance to include female board members and delegates who have the power to vote, with minimal (in some cases, no) oversight. 

Headship is being recast from male leadership in service to all (including our wives, single ladies and children) to group consensus (likely lead by ladies that feel they have been overlooked all this time) checked by someone who has a penis but doesn't necessarily have balls (let the reader understand). It is, shall, I dare say, a functional view of leadership.