Entries by Bruce Ballast

The Preacher Identifies As A Servant

The Preacher Identifies As A Servant We considered the self-identity of the preacher in the past few blogs.  We studied the concepts that the preacher should see himself/herself as an under-rower, as a keeper of the mysteries of Christ, and as a slave. In this post we’ll look at one more aspect of our identity […]

The Preacher’s Identity Is As A Slave

The Preacher’s Identity Is As A Slave In the last couple of posts we have been looking at the preacher’s identity.  How does the preacher look at himself or herself?  We’ve seen that we are “under-rowers”, and that we are “keepers of the mysteries of Christ”.  In this post we are going to see that […]

The Preacher Is A Keeper of Mysteries

The Preacher Is A Keeper of Mysteries In the last post we began a consideration of the preacher’s identity.  We saw that we are “under-rowers”, a special kind of servant to Jesus Christ.  In this post I will continue that theme of considering our identity by looking at Paul’s statement in I Corinthians 4:1 that […]

The Preacher Looks Closely At Identity

The Preacher Looks Closely At Himself/Herself In the last post we considered what God says about never sharing His glory with anyone else–and that includes the preacher.  In today’s post I want to reflect on what the Bible says we should find when the preacher looks closely at himself as a servant of God. The […]

Preaching and Who Gets The Glory

Preaching and Who Gets the Glory Last week I had the privilege of preaching on Pentecost.  What a great day to be able to present the story of the birth of the church!  However, while preparing for this message, I once again had to confront the relationship between preaching and who gets the glory from […]

Top Tips for Creating Wedding Messages

Top Tips for Creating Wedding Messages I shared in the last post the story of the groom saying, “I don’t remember anything you said….”  That experience taught me the lesson taught in that post.  In this post I’ll be sharing the top tips for creating wedding messages as I have experienced them. Top Tips #1 […]

Preparing a Meaningful Wedding Message

Preparing A Meaningful Wedding Message Funerals provide a wonderful opportunity to share the Good News, as we’ve seen in the previous posts.  People face their own mortality as they deal with the loss of a friend or family member, and are therefore ready to hear about heavenly things.  Weddings are different.  Preparing a meaningful wedding […]

Funeral Sermon for An Unbeliever

Funeral Sermon for An Unbeliever In the last post we considered some guidelines for preparing a funeral message.  Now we are going to turn to how to prepare a funeral sermon for an unbeliever in your community. The Difficult Funeral I remember the telephone call.  A man in his 40’s had died suddenly of a […]