Hankering after authority...

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Vestments (Tim, w/thanks to DC) A preacher wearing a simple black gown is one thing. And I hate to break it to you, but a Reformed preacher wearing vestments isn't that one thing. It's something else.

An affectation. A giggling excitement over fashion. Gaudy and kitschy and ridiculeish. It's Presbyterian bling.

So what about a female Presbyterian preacher wearing vestments? Faced with that sartorial conundrum at a wedding last week, I concluded I approve.

Until the Lord returns, woman preachers will be helpless to keep their desire for authority from being a public spectacle. So if the lady refuses the head-covering, let's settle for a dress.