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April 8, 2009

On flag waving in the church

Filed under: worship — Petros @ 7:49 am
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Flag waving in worship became an issue while I was on staff at a church a few years ago.  I wrote the following tract.  It has recently been brought up in a discussion at the CETA-L (Canadian Evangelical Theological Association yahoo group list).  Please note that I am a supporter of Israel and Canada politically, and I disagree with people who are offended by the flags of these two countries.  But in worship, we must remember that our goal is to make a place where people can come to know Christ and him crucified.

On the waving of National Flags in Christian Worship

Peter W. Dunn (c) 2001, rev. 2009

The waving of national flags has become vogue in our church and others.  There have apparently been recent prophecies which have guided various individuals into the practice of waving the Canadian and Israeli flags in worship.  I personally would appreciate being able to see the prophetic words.  The highly idiosyncratic practice of waving the political flags of Israel and Canada should have prophetic confirmation and approval from leaders, especially other pastors, prophets and theologians.  Such a practice, after all, is unprecedented in any other church in my experience (including churches of various denominations in Africa, Europe, England, Canada and the United States).
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March 2, 2009

A mirror reading of These are the Days of Elijah by Robyn Mark

Filed under: worship — Petros @ 7:46 pm
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Critics of the the popular worship song “These are the Days of Elijah” have called it incoherent (e.g., here), while others struggle to understand its message (e.g., here).   What I offer here is not to be confused with what Robyn Mark meant.  It is how certain Christians who have been influenced by the Toronto Blessing might read it.  I invite commentary (words are from www.robinmark.com).

These are the days of Elijah,
Declaring the word of the Lord:
And these are the days of Your servant Moses,
Righteousness being restored.
And though these are days of great trial,
Of famine and darkness and sword,
Still, we are the voice in the desert crying
‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord!’

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