Entries by Bruce Ballast

Preach About Money Matters

Money Matters In the last post I introduced this subject of how to preach about money matters in our sermon schedules.   I began the subject by looking at why our congregations don’t want us to preach about money, and we saw how people view their use of money as an extremely personal thing.  We […]

Preaching About Money

Preaching About Money I think most pastors cringe just a little bit when the subject of preaching about money comes up.  We don’t like to do it.  Why?  I suspect it is because we believe that people in the congregation don’t want to hear such things.  We know, as I said in an earlier post, […]

People of Grace

People of Grace We’ve been discussing in this blog how to preach to the culture around us.  In the last post, I reflected on the culture of the United States as an example of how the church can get away from its central message of grace, and instead can equate politics with our faith.  In […]

Preaching Grace

Preaching Grace In the last two posts we began the discussion of how to preach Christ to the culture in which we live.  We considered in the last post the various philosophies about how we should approach the culture.  Today I want to share where I have come down on this subject.  You may disagree. […]

Christ and Culture

Christ and Culture In the last post, we began a discussion of how to preach to a culture that either ignores Christ or, worse, is hostile to him.   We continue today talking about how Christians should view Christ and culture and especially so in preaching.  I find this quote from British Eagelton, a British […]

How to Conclude Your Sermon

How to conclude your sermon We’ve looked for several posts now at how to conclude your sermon well.   This is the last post in the series, a conclusion to conclusions.  We’ve seen a variety of ways to end a message effectively, from going back to the introduction, to telling a story, to giving an […]

Ending Your Sermon Well

Ending Well We have been considering the importance of conclusions.  This link will connect you to the first post in this series.  Today we continue with examples about how to conclude your messages effectively.  Ending your sermon well is key to how people will remember your message. We have seen that it is effective to […]

Try This Kind of Conclusion

Try This Kind of Conclusion In this post I’m going to continue reflecting on conclusions, a subject we started a couple of posts ago.  I’m going to give you some examples and encourage you to try this kind of conclusion in each case. End with a story that summarizes your main point Another extremely effective […]

Conclude Effectively

Effective Conclusions We have been exploring the importance of conclusions in previous posts.  We’ve seen that there are many ways to do conclusions ineffectively.  In this post we are turning our attention to how to bring your sermon to a conclusion in an effective, powerful and memorable way.  There are a variety of ways to […]