Entries by Bruce Ballast

The Opportunity for Preaching During Lent

The Opportunity for Preaching During Lent It is time to turn from the theme of preaching and politics.  We are, as I write this post, in the season of Lent.  In this post I will look at the opportunity for preaching during lent in your church. What is lent?  For a full definition, look at […]

Preaching and the Politics of Paul

Preaching and the Politics of Paul In the last few posts we have looked at the politics of Jesus and the politics of Peter, and examined what those mean for our preaching.  In this post I want to look at preaching and the politics of Paul and see what else we can learn that will impact […]

Preaching and the Politics of Peter

Preaching and the Politics of Peter In the last several posts we reflected on preaching and politics.  We’ve looked at the politics of Jesus, as well as the priority of preaching the Gospel.  Today we will consider preaching and the politics of Peter as he expressed it in his first letter.  In the next post, […]

Preaching Jesus In A Politically Charged World

Preaching Jesus in a Politically Charged World In the last couple of posts we began to explore how to preach about politics.  In this post we continue that subject as we consider how to go about preaching Jesus in a politically charged world like ours.  I live in the United States, and we have just […]

Preaching About the Politics of Jesus

Preaching About the Politics of Jesus In the last post we started reflecting on preaching on politics.  In this post we are continuing to consider preaching about the politics of Jesus in our church. Jesus And First Century Politics Obviously, Jesus didn’t live in a democracy.  When he lived in Palestine (now modern Israel), the […]

Preaching About Politics

Preaching About Politics Our world is more and more divided by political ideology.  How do you go about preaching about politics in such a climate?  Should you preach about politics at all?  That will be the subject of the next couple of posts. The Problem With Preaching About Politics It’s a little after 7 am […]

Preaching About Creating Beauty This Year

Preaching About Creating Beauty This Year We’ve looked at some themes that are impactful as you preach into the new year.  In this post we’ll look preaching about creating beauty this year in your sermon schedule. What Is Beauty? In the fall of 2009 a new show appeared on ABC called True Beauty.  Ten people, a […]

Looking Ahead To A New Year

Looking Ahead To A New Year In the last post we considered some thoughts about how to look back at the past year.   That is one part of preaching at the new year.  The other aspect of preaching at this time is looking ahead to a new year in your preaching.  How do you […]