Thoughts on taking Sermon Notes

I read an interesting article the other day on taking notes while hearing a sermon. It’s a thought provoking read.

Personally, I’ve been on both sides of this. In the past I have taken notes and found it to be beneficial. However, over the past 6 months or so I’ve transitioned to not taking notes. A few of my reasons for doing so include:

  1. I was never reviewing the notes anyway
  2. Sermons, to an extent anyway, seem most applicable for the time and place where I hear them–not always meant to affect me the same way x months down the road
  3. Related to #2, sermons vary broadly by style depending on the preaching style of the pastor. Some lend very much more toward lecture based talks where the amount of information is worthy of jotting down a few notes on. Others are (as in #2) meant more for the moment.

The part that gets me in the above article is a quote by Tim Keller: “I don’t mind if you take notes at the beginning of a message, but if you’re still taking notes at the end, I feel like I haven’t brought it home.”