Entries by Bruce Ballast

Positive Ways To Preach About Money

Positives In Preaching About Money Preaching about money is a challenge, as we’ve seen in the past few posts.  We’ve also seen that there are some pitfalls to avoid when you are dealing with this controversial topic.  There are positive ways to approach the subject of giving, including using humor, as in this cartoon.  In […]

Mistakes to Avoid When Preaching About Money

Mistakes to Avoid When Preaching About Money In the last couple of posts I introduced the subject of preaching about money.  We’ve seen that people in your congregation probably have some reasons why they don’t like to hear about money from the pulpit.  We have also seen that pastors have reasons that they don’t like […]

Preach About Money Matters

Money Matters In the last post I introduced this subject of how to preach about money matters in our sermon schedules.   I began the subject by looking at why our congregations don’t want us to preach about money, and we saw how people view their use of money as an extremely personal thing.  We […]

Preaching About Money

Preaching About Money I think most pastors cringe just a little bit when the subject of preaching about money comes up.  We don’t like to do it.  Why?  I suspect it is because we believe that people in the congregation don’t want to hear such things.  We know, as I said in an earlier post, […]

People of Grace

People of Grace We’ve been discussing in this blog how to preach to the culture around us.  In the last post, I reflected on the culture of the United States as an example of how the church can get away from its central message of grace, and instead can equate politics with our faith.  In […]

Preaching Grace

Preaching Grace In the last two posts we began the discussion of how to preach Christ to the culture in which we live.  We considered in the last post the various philosophies about how we should approach the culture.  Today I want to share where I have come down on this subject.  You may disagree. […]

Christ and Culture

Christ and Culture In the last post, we began a discussion of how to preach to a culture that either ignores Christ or, worse, is hostile to him.   We continue today talking about how Christians should view Christ and culture and especially so in preaching.  I find this quote from British Eagelton, a British […]

How to Conclude Your Sermon

How to conclude your sermon We’ve looked for several posts now at how to conclude your sermon well.   This is the last post in the series, a conclusion to conclusions.  We’ve seen a variety of ways to end a message effectively, from going back to the introduction, to telling a story, to giving an […]