Entries by Bruce Ballast

Adding Color Makes The Sermon Memorable

Adding Color Makes The Sermon Memorable We are in a series of posts on how to make your message memorable.  Another strategy to this goal is that adding color makes the sermon memorable for the hearers. My wife and I watch a British comedy together occasionally called, As Time Goes By.   In one episode the […]

The So What Question Makes The Sermon Memorable

The So What Question Makes The Sermon Memorable Many sermons are easily forgotten because the preacher forgets that the so what question makes the sermon memorable for the hearers. Wondering About The So What Question and Sermons When I was in grade school we got a new preacher at the church that my family attended. […]

Creating a Memorable Sermon Sentence

Creating a Memorable Sermon Sentence In this post we are going to discover how to go about creating a memorable sermon sentence that will cause people to remember your sermon.  In the last post, we started a consideration of this skill, as you remember if you frequent this blog. Examples of Power Packed Sermon Sentences […]

The Power Packed Sentence And The Sermon

The Power Packed Sentence And The Sermon I’m writing this week on a tactic I’m trying to improve in my preaching.  The power packed sentence and the sermon is an important part of making a sermon memorable.  I know this–in theory, at least.  I wrote something similar a few years ago, when I wrote about […]

Attention Can Be A Fragile Thing

Attention Can Be A Fragile Thing In the last couple of posts, we’ve been considering the reality that your congregation’s attention can be a fragile thing when you preach.  Peoples’ minds quickly wander, and you can often tell it, leaving with you an uneasy feeling like they are off somewhere else in their imagination.  So […]

Holding The Attention of People As You Preach

Holding The Attention of People As You Preach In the last post we began a consideration of how to grab and hold peoples’ attention.  This post is a continuation of that subject.  We saw how asking questions and telling people how to respond can get them to “check in” to what you are saying.  How […]

Grab Peoples’ Attention As You Preach

Grab Peoples’ Attention As You Preach While I was in seminary I spent a summer in a church in Canada to get credit for “field work”.  I preached every Sunday morning and evening for 12 weeks while in a medium-sized church in a medium-sized town.  The first week there was a shock to me.  You […]

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 […]