The Thomas A. Smail book Reflected Glory is out of print and hard to come by. I’ll be posting some parts of it here to contribute to the “Strange Fire” discussion. This snippet is a great statement on the need for all of the good gifts the Spirit gives:
“…in dealing with the charismata Paul makes no distinction between ordinary and extraordinary gifts. He has no miracle-mongering preference for the dramatic gifts of 1 Corinthians 12 and equally no ‘anti-supernaturalist’ prejudice in favour of the more ‘ordinary’ gifts of Romans 12, and in fact makes no distinction between the two. Prophecy, healing, and the working of miracles have no less permanent a place in the life of
Christ’s Body than service, liberality, teaching and exhortation.
On the other hand the latter as much as the former are charismatic, they are not just natural human talents dedicated to Christ, they are the gracious giving of new possibilities to our renewed humanity, and they are gifts of the Spirit because they do what dedicated human talents by themselves never could do; they have transcendent reference, and they reveal and convey the power and presence of the ascended Lord. One set of gifts is never played off against the other. The presence of prophecy in both lists shows that for Paul they are on the same footing, because the criterion by which they are accepted as gifts of the Spirit is that Christ is manifested by the Spirit in all of them.”
- Thomas A. Smail