These are all books, sermons and shopping sites that I found helpful while figuring this all out.

The Very Best Starting Place


  • Head Covering: A Forgotten Christian Practice for Modern Times
    • This is the first book you should read; it goes through the Scripture line by line, but misses an important piece (I think)
  • Because of the Angels: First Corinthians Eleven and Head Coverings in Divine Worship
    • The first book caught my brain, the second caught my heart. A note of caution, the author is Episcopal and that shows, but what he writes is good.


  • Garlands of Grace
    • Far and away the best (so far) - one caution, if you're shopping by color, the website isn't all that accurate and the colors tend to be richer than shown, so if you're looking for brighter colors, it could be an issue.
  • Headbands of Hope
    • for wide headbands, these are very wide (like 18"). I cut them in half and they still covered what I wanted covered.


  • Michael Barrett has a number of sermons that made an impact (I'm looking for a specific one and can't find it right now)

Head coverings? Really? That is so 1900's. Or 1700's, or maybe 100's. How did I get here?

My husband, Phil, and I attend a small group Bible study and we’ve been working through 1 Corinthians.  The men take turns leading and we thought head coverings would be a quick study with some invigorating conversations. Phil took that chapter to lead.

The process begins

I had read through 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, on my own as well as in a women’s group but this time it caught my attention.   There are books! The process of listening to sermons, reading websites, getting another book...or three began.  There are tangents and then the tangents found tangents.  Since I process better when I write, I began to type my notes and add the questions I asked myself.

About a week into all this I decided to wear a hat to church for the purpose of a head covering.  The next week I wore a wide headband with my hair in a bun. If it’s in the Bible, I have a duty to obey.  Phil told me that since I would be affected more than he would, he would stand back and let the study take its course and he would honor whatever conviction I came to.

Facebook started showing me memes that pointed me straight at Scripture and I was reminded of my own thoughts on Sola Scriptura.

What are we afraid of?

I shifted "if this is a command I have to do it" to "this is a symbol of my joyful submission to God's created order"

Moving from wide head bands to a more traditional cover, I discovered "Garlands of Grace"

The study of this passage took a couple of months, so I did due diligence. It's been a process for sure, and it's brought joy and frustration and tears of joy "because of the angels"

“Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine has come to me from a journey and I have nothing to serve him’  and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even if he will not get up and give him anything just because he is his friend, yet because of his shamelessness (importunity) he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

Luke 11:5-8

The four aspects of this parable (used by Jesus as an example of persevering prayer)

1 - your relationship to the one you're going(praying) to - friend

You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, because all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. - John 15: 14-15

(yes, I know that we don't pray to Jesus, but to the Father...but if this parable means what it seems to say, the person we pray to is..."Friend")

2 - The difficult timing - midnight, that is when help is least to be found

3 - The nature of the request(prayer) - in this example, we are to order/prioritize our requests according to our greatest and immediate needs.

4 - The occasion of the request

What is Importunity?

im·por·tu·ni·ty/ˌimpôrˈt(y)o͞onədē/nounnoun: importunity; plural noun: importunities

  1. persistence, especially to the point of annoyance."you urged me on with untiring importunity"

Basically, we're supposed to be holy nags.

GotQuestions adds "urgent" - as in "urgent persistence."

Proverbs 6:3 says

Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself,
Seeing thou art come into the hand of thy neighbor:
Go, humble thyself, and importune thy neighbor;

It seems that importunity (urgent persistence) goes hand in hand with humility.

It's in the urgent times of great need that we come to the point where we are face to face with the reality that we cannot help ourselves.

We are in the hands of God.

I started reading "Importunity" and realized that the author died at the age of 33 and I wondered why. Oh. My.

Christopher Love, a lesser known Puritan, was born in 1618 in Cardiff, Wales.

Before the age of 15, he had not even heard a sermon, and decided to hear William Erbery in the pulpit, for the fun of it. He was convicted of sin and became a Christian.

Christopher mourned over his sin, which his father saw as "melancholy" and locked him in the house. Christoper climbed out a window and down a rope in order to go hear a sermon by William Erbery.

He was executed by Parliament on Friday, August 22, 1651

By the time he was 15 he became a Christian - his father disapproved and locked him in his he climbed out the window in order to go to church.Love was executed at the age of 33 for speaking out against Parliament over the execution of Charles I and supporting Charles II. (the actual charge was involvement with Scottish Presbyterians who were raising money to restore Charles II to the monarchy, a charge that Love denied)

“There is but two steps between me and glory. It is but lying down upon the block that I shall ascend upon a throne. I am exchanging a pulpit for a scaffold and a scaffold for a throne. I am exchanging a guard of soldiers for a guard of angels, to carry me to Abraham’s bosom."

Christopher's wife, Mary wrote a last letter to him:

Be comforted, my dear heart. It is but a little stroke and thou shalt be there where the weary shall be at rest and the wicked shall cease from troubling. Remember that thou mayest eat thy dinner with bitter herbs, yet thou shalt have a sweet supper with Christ that night

One stroke of the axe, one heartbeat, one moment and those who are found in Christ will be in His presence. is the first day of Lent. Observing Lent wasn't on my radar at all this year, but I have observed it in the past.

First...what is Lent?

From Michael Horton at White Horse Inn:

I believe an evangelical celebration of Lent affords an opportunity to reinforce rather than undermine the significance of Christ’s person and work.

Lent is a 40-day preparation for the observance of Christ’s passion and Easter. It gives us an annual opportunity to trace the history of redemption. We learn that the number 40 is associated with a trial, a preparation, even an ordeal that leads either to blessing or curse in the stories of Noah, Moses, and Jonah. Recapitulating Adam’s trial and Israel’s 40 years of testing, Jesus was taken by the Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days, fasting instead of following Adam and the wilderness generation of Israelites in demanding the food they craved (Matt. 4:1-4). Resisting Satan’s temptation with God’s Word, Jesus was the Last Adam and Faithful Israel who fulfilled the trial not only for himself but also for us, as well as bearing the curse for our covenant-breaking.

Reformed folks take both sides of this. Not "you must or you must not: - but rather, "this is a matter of Christian liberty vs. no, it's not"

But...why do Lent?

I think that some observe Lent because their walk is lacking in other ways. When I was in a church that left me feeling dry and foundering, I observed Lent. I spent forty days focusing my devotional time on the coming Good Friday and Resurrection Day - it was time well spent. It took my eye off of what I was not getting in church, and what I already had In Christ.

Tim Challies has about the best take:

To those who plan to observe Lent, I wish you well and trust you’ll benefit from a time you’ve chosen to make special between you and the Lord. To those who plan not to observe Lent, I wish you well also and trust you’ll benefit equally from the so-ordinary, so-wonderful means of grace that are available to all of us all the time.

How do we harmonize praying curses with "love your enemy". How can we repay evil with good, yet pray that God's enemies "melt away like a slug on the sidewalk"?


Anathema means "cursed" - but there's more than that. It carries a meaning of "laid before God."

Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said,

Luke 21:5

As with all the imprecations, this is not about us carrying out personal revenge. This is about laying the enemies of God at His feet, praying that the God of the Covenant will carry out HIS justice on behalf of His people.

Follow the Leaders and pray the curses

When we look for those praying curses on the enemies of God...and God's people, we find Paul, telling Timothy about Alexander, "May God repay him on that day."

We find the perfect saints of God who have been martyred, crying out

“O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Rev. 6:10

If the perfected saints in heaven pray curses against those who murder God's people pray for His perfect justice, we should be free to follow their example.

But Love!

Jesus said to love our enemies. Paul said to overcome evil with good and to try to be at peace with all men.

However, what is in view here is not praying for God's justice. We are not to pray curses in order to further our own sinful and malicious maltreatment of those who have wronged us.

Taking our own personal revenge is always wrong (and that brings us to the end of this post...

Read the Rest of the Imprecation Series here.

A "different norm"

In the Uighur Province of China, the communist government is running "reeducation camps", committing genocide against the population, including the Muslim minority in that province.

I'm leading off with this, so that you can keep it in mind as you read.

President Biden says,

"..I am not going to speak out against what he’s doing in Hong Kong, what he’s doing with the Uighurs in western mountains of China and Taiwan...Culturally there are different norms that each country and their leaders are expected to follow,”

New York Post

Yes, folks, our president sees the systematic rape, torture, and genocide as merely "different norms" and he does not intend to speak out against these heinous actions.

I am back to "how do we DO good and yet pray curses?"

For he did not remember to show kindness,
    but pursued the poor and needy
    and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.

from Psalm 109

Systematic torture and rape

Women are raped in these reeducation camps, not only by guards, but the men in the surrounding areas who pay the guards for the priviledge of raping young girls.

Tursunay Ziawudun, who fled Xinjiang after her release and is now in the US, said women were removed from the cells "every night" and raped by one or more masked Chinese men. She said she was tortured and later gang-raped on three occasions, each time by two or three men.

So, gang rape is simply a "different norm" so it's okay...according to President Biden.

People who do these things and politicians who publicly refuse to speak against these abuses of image bearers of God...are enemies of God.

Let curses come upon him!

He loved to curse; let curses come upon him!
    He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him!

from Psalm 109

1,000,000 Uilghurs from the region have been "removed" and some reports say 3,000,000.

He clothed himself with cursing as his coat;
may it soak into his body like water,
like oil into his bones!
May it be like a garment that he wraps around him,
like a belt that he puts on every day!

From Psalm 109

May curses soak into his body like water

"The woman took me to the room next to where the other girl had been taken in. They had an electric stick, I didn't know what it was, and it was pushed inside my genital tract, torturing me with an electric shock."

There were "four kinds of electric shock", Sedik said - "the chair, the glove, the helmet, and anal rape with a stick".

O Lord, God of vengeance,
    O God of vengeance, shine forth!
Rise up, O judge of the earth;
    repay to the proud what they deserve!

The rest of the Imprecation Series is here.

What the world has for Christians

Christians are being persecuted all over the world and here we are

In the last year

  • Over 340 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution and discrimination
  • 4,761 Christians killed for their faith
  • 4,488 churches and other Christian buildings attacked
  • 4,277 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned
  • (source: Open Doors USA)

The groundwork is being laid in the United States and here we are.

We've looked at the "Do No Harm Act" and the "Equality Act".

James Coates has been arrested for holding church services in Canada.

The current administration is once again funding Planned Parenthood in the USA and funding abortion in other countries.

Leftist agendas abound and Christians risk their jobs if they speak up.

Kroger, one of the country's largest supermarket chains, is being sued in federal court after two former employees claimed they were wrongfully terminated for refusing to wear an apron with a rainbow symbol.

so here we are.


Is the church of Christ restricted to "love our enemy" and "turn the other cheek"? In other words, is there a way to love our enemies, while crying out for justice?

Can we turn the other cheek, while praying

Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime,

Psalm 58:8

We must remember that the imprecations of Scripture are just as inspired as the rest of the words. There are 100 imprecations in the Psalms alone, plus other parts of the Old Testament, and many in the New Testament.

The Imprecatory Psalms are the "war psalms of the Prince of Peace"

God does not view evil in the abstract and the imprecations are the cries of God's people, begging Him to intervene against evil and evil-doers.

Our pastor said, "one of the reasons we are repulsed by these Psalms is because we are not repulsed by evil."

Notes on the Imprecations

  • These Psalms remind us that we are in a spiritual war and praying judgement on the enemies of God is one of our weapons of war.
  • We should pray these Psalms if we love holiness and Biblical justice and hate evil.
  • We cannot remain indifferent to evil - and to politicians who do and promote evil things.

Follow this link for the rest of the series

Here is the link.

Andrew Torba founded Gab in 2016 as a free speech alternative to Facebook:

"We believe that the future of online publishing is decentralized and open," reads a description on its website. "We believe that users of social networks should be able to control their social media experience on their own terms, rather than the terms set down by Big Tech."

About Andrew Torba

Torba is unashamedly Christian and will not do interviews with organizations that are not Christian. (You can listen to the Cross Politic interview with him here, where he explains why). Basically, he doesn't wish to do interviews with those who are hostile to free speech platforms and to Christianity.

Gab was "blamed" for the 2018 synagogue shooting because the shooter had posted on there. The fact that he also posted on Facebook and Twitter was "overlooked" in the race to blame the platform. Torba cooperated with law enforcement agencies and that was also "overlooked". Furthermore, that Gab does not allow calls to or threats of violence was also "overlooked."

The New York Times claimed that the January 6, 2021 riots were organized on that platform. Here's the problem - the Feds say that it was on Twitter and Facebook.

"Big Tech" wants control and they have very deep pockets. Groups that have been cancelled are becoming numerous and Gab is a big target.

Torba's sites have lost their internet provider, are not allowed on the iTunes or Android app stores. They are banned from Visa or Mastercard, and one of the bitcoin companies. PayPal and Stripe have also blocked this group. In other words, Gab has been targeted.

Gab does not sell advertisements (you are not the product) and does not allow calls to violence or pornography on the platform. "Facebook was responsible for 94% of the 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US technology companies last year."

Torba has a grand vision for his companies, including a Christian marketplace, they already have a browser (Dissenter) and more.

Gab News...

See more of the "Free Speech Platforms" series