Excellent thoughts on preaching. It’s better to listen than to take notes.

Tides and Turning

The Doctor, and Jonathan Edwards, didn’t think we should be taking notes during a sermon. Martyn Lloyd-Jones quotes Edwards:

The main benefit obtained by preaching is by impression made upon the mind at the time, and not by an effect that arises afterwards by a remembrance of what was delivered. And though an after-remembrance of what was heard in a sermon is oftentimes very profitable; yet, for the most part, that remembrance is from an impression the words made on the heart at the time; and the memory profits, as it renews and increases that impression (Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 1, p. 294, Quoted in Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Puritans: Their Origins and Successors, pp. 359-360).

Lloyd-Jones then comments,

I would add that I have often discouraged the taking of notes while I am preaching. It is becoming a custom among evangelical people; but it is…

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