Entries by Bruce Ballast

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Questions to Ask

      Questions Before Preaching Another way to prepare to preach is to ask specific questions as you go through the preparation process.  In this post today I want to look at questions to ask when you are preparing to preach.  The purpose of asking questions like these is to help you think through […]

Topical Preaching

Topical Preaching We have been looking at the subject of styles of preaching.  In the last post, we looked at an example pf preaching exegetically.  This week I want to turn our attention to topical preaching as a tool to prepare your message.  One thing you will find, if you read a lot of books […]

Preparing to Preach Illustrated

    An Example of Exegesis In the last post we looked at the subject of how you prepare to preach a sermon.  We considered the difference between Exegesis and Eisegesis, and considered a suggested pattern to be used.  In this post I want to look at preaching using exegesis in your preparation of a sermon. […]

Prepare to Preach

    Prepare to Preach One of the secrets to turning the act of preaching into an art is to learn to prepare to preach powerful sermons.  In this post we begin a series on how to go about putting together a sermon.  There are  many styles of good preparation.  I remember hearing a nationally-known […]

Preach with Passion

      Make Sure You Preach With PASSION We’ve come to the end of our consideration of TULIP, the acrostic that describes the top tips for preaching.  We’ve seen that a good sermon addresses the needs of the hearers, or is Therapeutic.   Another top tip is to include something Unconventional occasionally.  Make sure […]

Search For the Right Illustration

    Searchfor the Right Illustration In the last post, we looked at the fact that illustrations open windows for listeners.  In this post, and the ones that follow, we will to learn how to search for the right illustration when you prepare your messages. As a reminder, we are exploring the TULIP of good […]

Illustrations Open Windows For Listeners

To Illustrate or Not to Illustrate One of the secrets to good preaching is knowing when and how to use illustrations.  Illustrations open windows on your subject, and serve to “hook” your audience.  The pastor of my teens prided himself on never using a gesture or an illustration.  He explained his theory to a group […]

Clarity Helps Hearers Stay Tuned In

Clarity Helps Hearers Stay Tuned In We’ve looked already that effective sermons are Therapeutic, that is, that they are geared to address peoples’ felt needs.  We’ve also discussed that people will tune into your preaching more effectively if you do something unconventional, or attention getting.  In this post we turn to the topic of clarity, […]

Unconventional Preaching Hooks People

Get And Hold People’s Attention One of the secrets to memorable preaching is that unconventional preaching hooks people into your subject.   Think about it: today the attention span of your average listener has been molded by the media.  In a typical television show, images are changed every 3 to 7 seconds.  When you preach, […]