The Sermon: Aiming For Affect During or Effect After?

9 07 2008

Jonathan Edwards said he aimed for the affect during the sermon.

The main benefit that is obtained by preaching is by impression made upon the mind in the time of it, and not by the effect that arises afterwards by a remembrance of what was delivered” — quoted in Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden, pg. 282

So, taking notes during a sermon can be good… as long as we are not thinking that the truth we are hearing/writing is for later. Agreed?

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