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Prophecy Cannot Replace Scripture

John Piper argues that the gift of prophecy, while still in use today (as we Reformed charismatics believe), is not the norm for discerning the will of God:

So we are alerted not to carry our enthusiasm for prophecy beyond limits. It is not supposed to become the usual way we make the hundreds of decisions that we must make each day. Why do you think this might be? I think the basic reason is this: if you live your life not on the basis of spiritual wisdom but on the basis of external revelations, you are not compelled to deal so deeply with the corruption of your own heart and mind. It is possible for a servant to hear the commands of his master and do them without really loving his master or being like him. But if the master refrains from telling the servant the details of what he wants done, and simply says, “Go now, and be a good representative for me in what you choose,” then the servant is forced to consider what his master is really like and how deeply his own heart and mind con…

The Christian Hedonist’s Playbook (Part 7)

I am reminded of a phrase in the English language: “damn with faint praise.” If we commend something with little enthusiasm, we are showing that our praise is not heartfelt. It is fake, superficial—even hypocritical. Words of praise only ring true when flowing from a heart full of praise.

The true state of our heart is revealed when we praise something. For example, my coworkers don’t doubt my love of the Copper Cellar hamburger. Why? Because I continually praise it as a great lunch—the best, in fact—and because I partake of that meal every single Wednesday (except in cases of conflicting business appointments, inhibiting sicknesses, or when the restaurant closes and locks its doors). It is obvious that I enjoy the food because I so heartily commend it.

Similarly, our praise of God reveals how much we prize God. Do I see my need for God? Do I recognize that I am desperate for His aid? Do I value God’s presence in my life so much that I would rather stop living than have Him leave me? My…

Non-VQers Accused of Not Committing Vandalism

[The following “news story” will not make complete sense unless read in conjunction with this article.]

KNOXVILLE, TN – In an unusual turn of events, a group of Knoxville locals was incarcerated last Saturday for not committing a crime. Cornerstone Church of Knoxville members Jill Brickey, Cap Stewart, and Joanna Holbrook were arrested last Saturday when it was discovered that they failed to vandalize any of the vehicles owned by the church’s vacationing college students.

The UT students had taken their annual spring break “Vision Quest” (or VQ) trip to Laguna Beach, Florida. Most of the students rode down in buses, leaving their cars in the church parking lot for the week. Last year Brickey, Stewart and Holbrook (a.k.a., the K-Town Trio) were arrested for smearing window paint all over the unattended vehicles. Some viewed the act as an attempt to serve the college students, whereas others viewed it as a blatant display of depravity. CCK pastors reprimanded the trio by ordering them to …

Bauer Power

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Last night’s episode of 24 was excellent. No surprise there, really. I mean, a bad episode of 24 is like a hamburger without beef. Jack Bauer has to be one of the most amazing TV characters of all time. His prowess never fails to bring a smile to my face. He is an absolute thrill to watch.

In the spirit of Jack Bauer Appreciation Day (which is a recurring holiday—every Tuesday, in fact), below are some entertaining Jack Bauer sayings I recently discovered. Enjoy!

Jack Bauer never retreats, he just attacks in the opposite direction.On Jack Bauer’s Tax Returns, he has to claim the entire world as his dependents.Some people see the glass as half full. Others see it as half empty. Jack Bauer sees the glass as a deadly weapon.When bad things happen to good people, it’s probably fate. When bad things happen to bad people, it’s probably Jack Bauer.When a convicted terrorist was sentenced to face Jack Bauer, he appealed to have the sentence reduced to death.Jack Bauer once arm-wrestled Super…

The Christian Hedonist’s Playbook (Part 6)

It’s been a while since we visited this series on the book of Psalms. I didn’t mean to take such a long break. Here’s the next installment…

Much of the content of the Psalms is praise, whether the writers are praising God themselves or calling others to praise Him. In fact, the word “praise” appears more in Psalms than in any other book in the Bible—a total of 152 times to be exact (in the NJKV). This is amazing when considered with the word’s use in the rest of Scripture. “Praise” appears only 28 times in the rest of the Old Testament, and only 23 times in the New Testament.

So, the word “praise” appears 152 times in the book of Psalms alone, and only 51 times in the rest of the Bible! Claiming that Psalms is THE book of praise is no exaggeration. Therefore, Psalms is an indispensable tool in helping us know what it means to be a Christian hedonist.

After all, at its root the oft-repeated call to praise the Lord is really a call to prize the Lord—to consider Him as the ultimate treasur…