The Manuscript Maze (part four)February 23, 2007
Our fourth and final week of the Manuscript Maze brings us not so much to a conclusion, as simply to the third main method people use. At the end of the day, it would seem foolish to prescribe a once for all method since Scripture doesn’t do so. What is left for us to consider then, is a reduced manuscript.
What then are the pros and cons of this method?
1. It allows some support to the preacher who may not have the memory capacity to remember much of the sermon detail. There is always a fall back if the preacher struggles.
2. It aids the preacher to carefully word particular points in the sermon, should he feel the need to do so.
3. It still provides the preacher with a great degree of freedom, and it is less likely he will ‘read his sermon’ or be tied to his notes.
1. This method may still take a large an amount of preparation time, especially if a full manuscript is developed, then reduced to a shorter outline.
2. Arguably, it may not be as ‘free’ as extemporaneous preaching, or as ‘careful’ as a fully developed outline.
3. If a full manuscript has never been developed, then the same weakness may be leveled as against the extemporaneous approach: the language of delivery may not be so thought through or clear.