Entries by Bruce Ballast

Humor Makes A Memorable Sermon

Humor Makes A Sermon Memorable If you are new to this blog, please review the previous posts about making a sermon memorable.   In the last few posts we’ve focused on humor as a key strategy in making a message memorable.  In this post we will continue to explore how humor makes a sermon memorable […]

Using Humor Well For A Memorable Sermon

Using Humor Well For A  Memorable Sermon In this series of posts we have been considering how to make a memorable sermon.  The last post introduced humor as one strategy to create memorable sermons.  In this post we’ll consider using humor well for a memorable sermon experience.  Humor in a sermon is not for everyone. […]

Humor Can Make A Sermon Memorable

Humor Can Make A Sermon Memorable We’ve been reflecting on how to make a sermon memorable in the past several posts.  Humor can make a sermon memorable for your congregation.  But that brings up a question.  What do you think about laughter in church?  I remember the first time I saw this picture of a […]

Adding Color Makes The Sermon Memorable

Adding Color Makes The Sermon Memorable We are in a series of posts on how to make your message memorable.  Another strategy to this goal is that adding color makes the sermon memorable for the hearers. My wife and I watch a British comedy together occasionally called, As Time Goes By.   In one episode the […]

The So What Question Makes The Sermon Memorable

The So What Question Makes The Sermon Memorable Many sermons are easily forgotten because the preacher forgets that the so what question makes the sermon memorable for the hearers. Wondering About The So What Question and Sermons When I was in grade school we got a new preacher at the church that my family attended. […]

Creating a Memorable Sermon Sentence

Creating a Memorable Sermon Sentence In this post we are going to discover how to go about creating a memorable sermon sentence that will cause people to remember your sermon.  In the last post, we started a consideration of this skill, as you remember if you frequent this blog. Examples of Power Packed Sermon Sentences […]

The Power Packed Sentence And The Sermon

The Power Packed Sentence And The Sermon I’m writing this week on a tactic I’m trying to improve in my preaching.  The power packed sentence and the sermon is an important part of making a sermon memorable.  I know this–in theory, at least.  I wrote something similar a few years ago, when I wrote about […]

Attention Can Be A Fragile Thing

Attention Can Be A Fragile Thing In the last couple of posts, we’ve been considering the reality that your congregation’s attention can be a fragile thing when you preach.  Peoples’ minds quickly wander, and you can often tell it, leaving with you an uneasy feeling like they are off somewhere else in their imagination.  So […]

Holding The Attention of People As You Preach

Holding The Attention of People As You Preach In the last post we began a consideration of how to grab and hold peoples’ attention.  This post is a continuation of that subject.  We saw how asking questions and telling people how to respond can get them to “check in” to what you are saying.  How […]

Grab Peoples’ Attention As You Preach

Grab Peoples’ Attention As You Preach While I was in seminary I spent a summer in a church in Canada to get credit for “field work”.  I preached every Sunday morning and evening for 12 weeks while in a medium-sized church in a medium-sized town.  The first week there was a shock to me.  You […]