Entries by Bruce Ballast

Preaching About Politics

Preaching About Politics Our world is more and more divided by political ideology.  How do you go about preaching about politics in such a climate?  Should you preach about politics at all?  That will be the subject of the next couple of posts. The Problem With Preaching About Politics It’s a little after 7 am […]

Preaching About Creating Beauty This Year

Preaching About Creating Beauty This Year We’ve looked at some themes that are impactful as you preach into the new year.  In this post we’ll look preaching about creating beauty this year in your sermon schedule. What Is Beauty? In the fall of 2009 a new show appeared on ABC called True Beauty.  Ten people, a […]

Looking Ahead To A New Year

Looking Ahead To A New Year In the last post we considered some thoughts about how to look back at the past year.   That is one part of preaching at the new year.  The other aspect of preaching at this time is looking ahead to a new year in your preaching.  How do you […]

Preaching At The New Year

Preaching At The New Year It’s time we turn from preaching during Advent, the subject of the last two posts, and turn to preaching at the new year.  Today’s post reflects on some things you might use when preaching at the new year in your church. The other night I was watching Jeopardy, the trivia […]

Tips For Preaching In Advent

Tips for Preaching in Advent In the last post I reflected on the opportunity for preaching that Advent provides.  In this post we’re going to look at some tips for preaching in Advent season. Tip #1: Tell The Story Yes, I know, that seems obvious, doesn’t it?  But here’s the reality of what can happen […]

The Advent Preaching Opportunity

The Advent Preaching Opportunity It’s time we turn from considering how to preach in a time of pandemic to other subjects.  I grew up in a tradition that didn’t celebrate Advent, and therefore, didn’t recognize the advent preaching opportunity for pastors like me.  Since we are in that time period before Christmas, I thought it […]

Follow Pathways to Spiritual Health

Follow Pathways to Spiritual Health In the last post I suggested some ways to encourage your own spiritual health.  This is a continuation of that subject.  One of the best means to spiritual growth is to follow  your individual pathways to spiritual health during times of crisis. What does that mean?  The idea of spiritual […]

Staying Healthy Spiritually Is Imperative

Staying Healthy Spiritually is Imperative Staying healthy spiritually is imperative for the preacher during times of crisis, like this pandemic we are going through.  We have been looking at the importance of taking care of yourself in this blog for many weeks.  Here’s the first in the series.  After looking at mental and emotional and […]

The People Around You Are Important To Your Health

The People Around You Are Important To Your Health We’ve been looking at various aspects of preaching during a world-wide pandemic in this blog.  Specifically, we’ve been exploring how to stay healthy as you face the stress of this time.  Today we are going to see that the people around you are important to your […]