Entries by Bruce Ballast

The Importance of Conclusions

Conclusions Are More Important Than You Think Quite awhile ago in this blog I looked at introductions in several posts, saying that introductions are more important than you think.  Here’s a link to the first of the posts in that series.   Lately, as I’ve been working through a class on preaching for CLI, I’ve […]

Using Pain in Preaching

Using Pain in Preaching One last reflection on how to preach while in pain.  We’ve been looking at this subject for the last few posts, and today we are going to consider using pain in preaching your sermons. Henri Nouwen has said, in his book, The Wounded Healer, that God can use our pain.  Here’s the quote: […]

Preaching While In Pain

Preaching While In Pain We’ve been exploring the subject of how you go about preaching through pain that invades your life.  There are sources of pain that drain you physically, mentally and spiritually, and require that you learn the art of preaching while in pain of various kinds.  There the big ones, of course, like […]

How To Preach In Pain

How To Preach In Pain In the last post we began talking about the subject of preaching through pain.  Today we continue that discussion, but this time exploring how you do it.  Learning how to preach in pain is vital for every person who preaches on a regular basis.  In this post we will begin […]

Preaching Through Pain

Preaching Through Pain Every pastor, at some time or another, is going to experience preaching through pain.  Imagine the following as your life.   You have moved to a new, larger venue for your growing church, and someone shouts “Fire” at your inaugural service.  Seven people die in the rush to get out.   Your […]

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”. […]