Entries by Bruce Ballast

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 […]

Using Powerpoint for Punch

Guidelines for Using Powerpoint I’ve been giving several guidelines for the presentation of your sermon in the past several posts. In this post, we turn to the subject of powerpoint. I am aware that many of you do not have the equipment to do powerpoint, but many of you do, so it is good to […]

Create Vocal Variety

How You Speak Makes A Difference In the last post I began the subject that I called Guidelines for Sermon Delivery. I want to continue that subject in this post. Having said, in the last post, that we should keep a pretty vigorous pace of speech, above 150 words per minute, now I want to […]

Make Your Message Interesting

Make Your Message Interesting You have to make your message interesting if you want it to be memorable. I’ve mentioned this many times before in this blog, as you can see from this post on illustrations, or this one on keeping your message clear. I want to emphasize again here, in this section on developing […]

Notes or No Notes Preaching

Notes or No Notes? Are you a notes or no notes preacher?  That’s the question for today’s post.  In the last post we saw that it is helpful to have a map, or outline for your message. Now the question is how you lead people through your map. Who are the most effective communicators, in […]

Create a Map

Creating a map In the last post we saw that one of the most effective ways of creating a sermon is to pick one point, one major idea that you are going to bring to people in a memorable way.  The second step is to create a map that will emphasize the point with enough […]

Make One Point

One Point Preaching John F. Kennedy was one of the great speakers in the history of the United States. People still study his speaking style and delivery, as well as the content of the speeches he made. One of the great secrets of his speeches came as the result of advice that he received from […]