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No Notes, Lots of Notes, Brief Notes (pt. 2)

The pros and cons of extemporaneous and manuscript delivery

This is part two of a two-part series. In part one, Arthurs defined the three methods of preparation and discussed the pros and cons of the "no-notes" technique.

Lots of Notes

By "lots of notes" I mean preaching from a manuscript or a very detailed outline. Preachers such as Jonathan Edwards, John Henry Jowett, and Richard Baxter used this method with great effect.

Why Use This Method?

1. Because it creates security.

What a wonderful feeling to walk into the pulpit knowing exactly what you will say! What a wonderful feeling to know within a minute or two how long your sermon will run!

2. Because it yields precise wording.

This is the reason cited most often by the lots-of-notes clan, and it is a powerful argument. Some preaching occasions, such as enforcing an instance of church discipline, demand such careful language that the use of a manuscript is not only permissible but advisable. Just as the President of the United States would not dare to make a policy statement without a manuscript lest ...

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