Entries by Bruce Ballast

When Communion Goes Badly

When Communion Goes Badly In the last post I began a series of reflections on what to do when things go wrong with your message or in the worship service.  Most pastors today try to have the various elements of a worship service blend together.  So it affects your sermon if other areas of the […]

When Something Goes Wrong

When Something Goes Wrong Inevitably, there will come a time in your preaching when something will go very wrong,  either in the worship service or in your message.  What do you do then?  For many years I’ve had a practice of asking this question when with a group of preachers: “What’s the funniest thing that […]

Tricks of the Trade

Tricks of the Trade In the last post I looked at the first two “tricks of the trade” that we can learn from television production that will improve our preaching.  We saw that cross promotion and editing are two of the keys for effectiveness. Evaluating A third of the tricks of the trade is evaluation. […]

Grab Their Attention

Grab Their Attention If you are new to this blog, know that we have been looking at what we can learn from television that will improve our preaching.  You can catch up by reading the posts that begin with this one.  We looked at the fact that television is very intentional about knowing the audience, […]