Entries by Bruce Ballast

How To Make An Argumentative Sermon

How To Make An Argumentative Sermon You may have read that title and thought that this was going to be a post about getting the better of all those people in your audience that don’t agree with you.  That’s not what this is about!  This topic, how to make an argumentative sermon for your church, […]

Getting An Updated Map for Your Sermon

Getting An Updated Map for Your Sermon In the next several posts we are going to look at the subject of getting an updated map for your sermon preparation and presentation. The Need For An Updated Map Several years ago my wife and I were traveling from our home in Michigan to St. Louis to […]

Sermon Introductions For Great Sermons

Sermon Introductions For Great Sermons In the last post I made several generalizations about introductions to sermons.  In this post we will look at a few sermon introductions for great sermons of the type described earlier. An Example of a Sermon Introduction for a Great Sermon Jeff Strite is a pastor/preacher in the Church of […]

Putting A Great Sermon Together

Putting A Great Sermon Together In the last few posts we’ve looked at the impact that sermons can have.  Now we’re going to turn to the challenge of putting a great sermon together for your preaching event. I love this quote by Haddon Robinson, prolific author and teacher on preaching: There are three types of […]

Preaching Is God’s Tool

Preaching Is God’s Tool In the last couple of  posts we considered whether preaching is worth the effort in a world that is so deeply impacted by media.  God reminded me many times that preaching is God’s tool to change lives.  Let me tell you about one of those times. First Church The first church […]

Does Preaching Make A Difference?

Does Preaching Make A Difference? In the last post I asked the question, “Is preaching worth the time and effort I put into it?”  In today’s post I am continuing that theme, with a slightly different question: “Does preaching make a difference in the lives of people?”  Spurgeon, as I reported in the last post, […]

Is Preaching Worth The Time and Effort?

Is Preaching Worth The Time And Effort? That’s a good question, isn’t it?  I read a long time ago the results of a study that someone had done on how long people remember a sermon.  By Sunday evening, as I recall, the normal listener remembered 25%.  By Wednesday it was 10%.  That kind of makes […]