Entries by Bruce Ballast

Watch Your Language When You Preach

Watch Your Language When You Preach In the last couple of posts we’ve looked at the Curse of Knowledge and how to overcome it.  In this post we are going to consider one of the ways that you might become a victim of the curse of knowledge.  You need to watch your language when you […]

How To Overcome the Curse of Knowledge

How to Overcome the Curse of Knowledge In the last post we identified a major obstacle to effective preaching, the curse of knowledge.  In this post we are going to consider how to overcome the curse of knowledge in your preaching. A Reminder Let’s review for just a moment what the curse of knowledge is. […]

The Curse of Knowledge for Preachers

The Curse of Knowledge for Preachers In this post we are turning away from the subject of the past several weeks, new maps for sermon making, to a challenging subject: the curse of knowledge for preachers as they present their sermons. What is the Curse of Knowledge? I am writing this post after being to […]

How To Create An Integrative Sermon

How To Create An Integrative Sermon There is one more “map” to consider as we consider new ways of thinking about organizing your sermon.  The Integrative Sermon attempts to bring together all the elements we looked at in previous posts.  So the title to this post is: how to create an integrative sermon for your […]

A Visionary Sermon Tutorial

A Visionary Sermon Tutorial In the previous post we considered how to create a visionary sermon.  This post will be a visionary sermon tutorial that will help you as you craft a visionary sermon. Preaching The Visionary Sermon Here is how Kenton Anderson describes the challenge of preaching the visionary sermon. Painting is a powerful […]

How To Make A Visionary Sermon

How To Make a Visionary Sermon We have been considering how to use some new maps, or organizing principles for your sermon.  Here’s the first post in this series.  Below is the image that lists the various kinds of maps that are discussed in Kenton Anderson’s book, Choosing To Preach.   In this post we are going […]

How To Make A Narrative Sermon

How To Make A Narrative Sermon We’ve been considering some “new maps” or different ways to think of organizing your sermon.  The first in this series of posts is here.   In today’s post we are going to consider how to make a narrative sermon that sings.   Here is the image I’ve been working […]

How To Make A Pragmatic Sermon

How To Make A Pragmatic Sermon Last time we looked at how to make an argumentative, or declarative sermon.  In today’s post we will look at the next  “map” for a sermon, as delineated in Kenton Anderson’s book, Choosing to Preach.   How to make a pragmatic sermon is the topic.  Hopefully, you remember this division of […]

How To Make An Argumentative Sermon

How To Make An Argumentative Sermon You may have read that title and thought that this was going to be a post about getting the better of all those people in your audience that don’t agree with you.  That’s not what this is about!  This topic, how to make an argumentative sermon for your church, […]

Getting An Updated Map for Your Sermon

Getting An Updated Map for Your Sermon In the next several posts we are going to look at the subject of getting an updated map for your sermon preparation and presentation. The Need For An Updated Map Several years ago my wife and I were traveling from our home in Michigan to St. Louis to […]