Recently, someone visited our church and, after the sermon, came to speak to me. He thanked me for what I’d said, but then said, “I’d rather you had spoken from the heart, not a book.” Now, it’s important to check on what someone means when they offer critique. It could well be that my talk was exceptionally dull that morning or that I was just speaking at an intellectual level about things that I didn’t seem to be passionate about. I don’t claim to have the oratorical gifts of a fiery Welsh preacher, so maybe it was that. However, from the conversation, it seemed that his problem really was with me speaking “from a book.” You see, I had stood there with my Bible open and constantly referred back to specific verses in the Bible passage. This man wanted to hear my thoughts and opinions, as became clearer during follow-on conversations. But no, I insisted that I would stick with telling him what “the book” says. Why? Well, simply, because as we have seen, this is the source of Special Revelation where God speaks to us clearly and authoritatively. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this is the only place that Christians should be going to and expecting God to speak.