Entries by Bruce Ballast

Preaching At A Funeral

Preaching At A Funeral The first year that I was in ministry was a surprise in many ways.  I learned that what I had learned at seminary didn’t always apply to the real-life experience of the pastor.  One of those areas where I hadn’t learned much was in regard to preaching at a funeral of […]

Themes for Preaching on Easter Sunday

Themes for Preaching on Easter Sunday In the last post, I looked at a couple of tips for having an impactful Easter Sunday service.  In this post, we are going to turn to some themes for preaching on Easter Sunday in your church.  These suggestions are meant to spur your thoughts once you “read your […]

Preparing to Preach on Easter Sunday

Preparing to Preach on Easter Sunday In the last two posts we looked at some tips for preaching during the Lenten season.  Lent, of course, culminates in the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  So in this post and the next I want to look at preparing to preach on Easter Sunday in your […]

Preaching About Giving Something Up For Lent

Preaching About Giving Something Up For Lent In the last post, we began an examination of how to make your preaching in Lent impactful.  Today let’s look at preaching about giving something up for lent as part of your plan for this season. The History of Giving Something Up For Lent Fasting In the ancient […]

The Opportunity for Preaching During Lent

The Opportunity for Preaching During Lent It is time to turn from the theme of preaching and politics.  We are, as I write this post, in the season of Lent.  In this post I will look at the opportunity for preaching during lent in your church. What is lent?  For a full definition, look at […]

Preaching and the Politics of Paul

Preaching and the Politics of Paul In the last few posts we have looked at the politics of Jesus and the politics of Peter, and examined what those mean for our preaching.  In this post I want to look at preaching and the politics of Paul and see what else we can learn that will impact […]

Preaching and the Politics of Peter

Preaching and the Politics of Peter In the last several posts we reflected on preaching and politics.  We’ve looked at the politics of Jesus, as well as the priority of preaching the Gospel.  Today we will consider preaching and the politics of Peter as he expressed it in his first letter.  In the next post, […]

Preaching Jesus In A Politically Charged World

Preaching Jesus in a Politically Charged World In the last couple of posts we began to explore how to preach about politics.  In this post we continue that subject as we consider how to go about preaching Jesus in a politically charged world like ours.  I live in the United States, and we have just […]

Preaching About the Politics of Jesus

Preaching About the Politics of Jesus In the last post we started reflecting on preaching on politics.  In this post we are continuing to consider preaching about the politics of Jesus in our church. Jesus And First Century Politics Obviously, Jesus didn’t live in a democracy.  When he lived in Palestine (now modern Israel), the […]