Entries by Bruce Ballast

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 […]

Mental and Emotional Health for Preachers

Mental and Emotional Health for Preachers In the last post we began looking at the issue of self-care for preachers who work in a time as stressful as this pandemic.  Today we are going to look further at how to encourage mental and emotional health for preachers during a pandemic. Mental/Emotional Health Continued I used […]

How To Take Care Of Yourself

How To Take Care Of Yourself In the last post I made some suggestions as to why this is indeed a stressful time, so you need to take care of yourself.  In this post, we’re going to look at how to do that, how to take care of yourself in times of stress, like this […]

You Need To Take Care of Yourself

You Need To Take Care of Yourself We have been looking at how to preach in a pandemic in these posts.   This is the eleventh post in this series, and here is the link to the first in case you want to catch up.   In this essay we are going to explore a […]