Entries by Bruce Ballast

Funeral Sermon for An Unbeliever

Funeral Sermon for An Unbeliever In the last post we considered some guidelines for preparing a funeral message.  Now we are going to turn to how to prepare a funeral sermon for an unbeliever in your community. The Difficult Funeral I remember the telephone call.  A man in his 40’s had died suddenly of a […]

Creating An Impactful Funeral Message

Creating an Impactful Funeral Message We’ve been considering various parts of a funeral in the previous posts.  Here’s the first in the series.  In this post we turn specifically to creating an impactful funeral message that will build on your preparation for the funeral. The Usual Rules Apply In other words, creating an impactful funeral […]

An Effective Order For The Funeral Service

An Effective Order for The Funeral Service In the last few posts we looked at the challenges of preaching at a funeral and some lessons I’ve learned in preparing for a meaningful funeral.  In this post we are going to consider an effective order for the funeral service at which you are going to preach. […]

Preparing A Meaningful Funeral Service

Preparing A Meaningful Funeral Service In the last post we started looking at the six elements for preparing a meaningful funeral service for your people.  Dr. Alan Wolfelt identifies six such elements.  He is the director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition. The six elements are: 1) acknowledging the reality of the death, […]

Preparing a Funeral Service

Preparing a Funeral Service In the last two posts we looked at the challenge of preaching at a funeral service.  We also considered some tips on how to prepare to preach at a funeral service.  In this post we’re switching gears just a bit.  We will be  looking at the process of preparing a funeral […]

Preparing to Preach At A Funeral

Preparing To Preach At A Funeral In this last post I started to look at the challenge of preaching at a funeral.  We considered some of the challenges and the opportunity of a funeral sermon.  In this post we pick up that theme as we consider how to go about preparing to preach at a […]

Preaching At A Funeral

Preaching At A Funeral The first year that I was in ministry was a surprise in many ways.  I learned that what I had learned at seminary didn’t always apply to the real-life experience of the pastor.  One of those areas where I hadn’t learned much was in regard to preaching at a funeral of […]

Themes for Preaching on Easter Sunday

Themes for Preaching on Easter Sunday In the last post, I looked at a couple of tips for having an impactful Easter Sunday service.  In this post, we are going to turn to some themes for preaching on Easter Sunday in your church.  These suggestions are meant to spur your thoughts once you “read your […]

Preparing to Preach on Easter Sunday

Preparing to Preach on Easter Sunday In the last two posts we looked at some tips for preaching during the Lenten season.  Lent, of course, culminates in the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  So in this post and the next I want to look at preparing to preach on Easter Sunday in your […]

Preaching About Giving Something Up For Lent

Preaching About Giving Something Up For Lent In the last post, we began an examination of how to make your preaching in Lent impactful.  Today let’s look at preaching about giving something up for lent as part of your plan for this season. The History of Giving Something Up For Lent Fasting In the ancient […]