Puritan Board Freshman
Do you think taking notes during the sermon is a help or a distraction?
A preacher wants to see the faces of his congregation not the crowns of their heads!
That is part of the rapport between the two, to my mind. If the word is coming red hot off the anvil,
then there is no time to weild the biro, the mind being fully engaged with the power of the truth. But
it depends on what kind of preacher is delivering. If the preacher delivers in a monotone then note taking
is necessary to concentrate on the content. There are sermons I can remember from fifty years ago because
delivered in the power of the Spirit. Indeed there was an occasion when a godly, godly Minister stopped in his
sermon and exhorted us young people to pocket our pencils,for he said, I want to see your faces if you have
understood this truth.
There is a saying that we have concerning preachers, "Buwch a llais, Buwch a llaeth." That is, a cow with a
voice, or a cow with milk. When the cow has milk you can drink it straight from the teat!
For some people, it will help them follow the train of thought. For some preachers, however, there is no train of thought, or it got derailed somewhere during rabbit trail number 15 (usually much sooner with that many rabbit trails).