Thursday, October 2, 2008

Extemporaneous Preaching a More Healthy Practice?

In his book Extemporaneous Oratory, James Buckley imageobserves:

The extemporaneous process, in comparison with reading [a sermon], has the advantage of greater ease and power of vocalization.  The voice of the speaker is deeper, strong, and more flexible and the effort required to produce it much less.  The head being held erect, there is no constriction of the throat, the lungs are fully expanded and the respiratory muscles are free to perform their functions.  Platform reading cannot, with propriety, be called a health-promoting exercise of the vocal organs. 

I don't know that I have observed that.  What has been your observation.  Do you find extemporaneous preachers to speak more deeply, strongly and with more flexibility?  I am still processing that.  What do you think?

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