Entries by Bruce Ballast

Listening To The Listeners

Listening to Listeners Haddon Robinson taught preaching for many years at Denver Theological Seminary.  The title for this post is the title of  one of the chapters in his book, Making a Difference in Preaching.  Listening to listeners is one of the keys to preaching more effectively to your particular audience. What do you think of […]

The Story Sermon

The Story Sermon There’s one more kind of sermon that I want to explore before we leave our review of the various types of sermons that we can put in our preaching tool belt.  (Again, if you are new to this blog, the first in this series of reflections on kinds of sermons is linked […]

Variety In Preaching

Variety in Preaching So, if you’ve been reading this blog regularly, we’ve just completed a series on the various kinds of sermons that can be preached.  Here’s a link to the first in the series.  Today we turn to a related question: “What kinds of sermons do I schedule over a period of time?”  If […]

Teach Your People Well

Preaching as Teaching In this post we are going to explore what it means to teach as a preacher.  Teach your people well in some, if not most of your sermons. A little girl called Martha was talking to her teacher about whales.  The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow […]

Speaking About Important Things

Speaking About Practical Things We are on an adventure to discover what preaching is, as we explore the various words in the New Testament that refer to preaching.  In the last post we examined what it means to preach the gospel.  Today we consider the word laleo (transliterated Greek), which is mostly translated as “to speak”. […]

Preaching the Gospel

Preaching the Gospel Preaching the gospel is another kind of sermon.  We’ve been exploring the various kinds of activities that are translating as “preaching” in the New Testament.   We’ve seen so far that preaching can be announcing news, or kerusso; and we’ve also seen that preaching can be admonition, or noutheteo. Preaching the Gospel […]

Proclaiming The News

Proclaiming the News In the last post we began a series of reflections on different kinds of sermons.  We’ve looked at what it means to admonish well in that post.  Proclaiming the news is another kind of sermon. Proclamation the News Described I live near Holland, MI, which is the place that many Dutch immigrants […]

Doing Admonition Well

Doing Admonition Well In this post I want to turn to something that is very important when you are thinking about the kinds of sermons that you are going to preach.  In the next several posts were going to explore different subject kinds of sermons that you may feel called to preach to your congregation. […]

Praying For Preachers Produces Power

Getting Prayed Great Praying for preachers produces power in sermons.  Tony Campolo learned this lesson well when his church called a new pastor.  As with most churches, there was a search team charged with the task of finding the person who would lead them after the long pastorate of a well-known, influential pastor.  Not only […]