Entries by Bruce Ballast

Sermon Introductions For Great Sermons

Sermon Introductions For Great Sermons In the last post I made several generalizations about introductions to sermons.  In this post we will look at a few sermon introductions for great sermons of the type described earlier. An Example of a Sermon Introduction for a Great Sermon Jeff Strite is a pastor/preacher in the Church of […]

Putting A Great Sermon Together

Putting A Great Sermon Together In the last few posts we’ve looked at the impact that sermons can have.  Now we’re going to turn to the challenge of putting a great sermon together for your preaching event. I love this quote by Haddon Robinson, prolific author and teacher on preaching: There are three types of […]

Preaching Is God’s Tool

Preaching Is God’s Tool In the last couple of  posts we considered whether preaching is worth the effort in a world that is so deeply impacted by media.  God reminded me many times that preaching is God’s tool to change lives.  Let me tell you about one of those times. First Church The first church […]

Does Preaching Make A Difference?

Does Preaching Make A Difference? In the last post I asked the question, “Is preaching worth the time and effort I put into it?”  In today’s post I am continuing that theme, with a slightly different question: “Does preaching make a difference in the lives of people?”  Spurgeon, as I reported in the last post, […]

Is Preaching Worth The Time and Effort?

Is Preaching Worth The Time And Effort? That’s a good question, isn’t it?  I read a long time ago the results of a study that someone had done on how long people remember a sermon.  By Sunday evening, as I recall, the normal listener remembered 25%.  By Wednesday it was 10%.  That kind of makes […]

The Power of the Pregnant Pause

The Power Of The Pregnant Pause I learned the power of the pregnant pause by accident.  It happened when I was a seminary student, assigned to preach in a pretty conservative church near our school.  I was nervous, because at that time I had long hair and a full beard, and I feared that  I […]

Pace Is Important For The Preacher

Pace Is Important For the Preacher In the last post we looked at the need to vary the pace of your sermon.  Pace is important for the preacher who wants to keep the attention of the people.  Here are some more suggestions about pace of your sermon. Keep It Short, Stupid When I was in […]