Entries by Bruce Ballast

Conclude Effectively

Effective Conclusions We have been exploring the importance of conclusions in previous posts.  We’ve seen that there are many ways to do conclusions ineffectively.  In this post we are turning our attention to how to bring your sermon to a conclusion in an effective, powerful and memorable way.  There are a variety of ways to […]

Missing the Nail

Missing the Nail In the last post we began looking at the importance of conclusions to the sermon.  We reflected on two ineffective ways to conclude a message: the fail the plan and the “I’m out of time” conclusions.  Today we continue looking at ways that we could be missing the nail when we are […]

The Importance of Conclusions

Conclusions Are More Important Than You Think Quite awhile ago in this blog I looked at introductions in several posts, saying that introductions are more important than you think.  Here’s a link to the first of the posts in that series.   Lately, as I’ve been working through a class on preaching for CLI, I’ve […]

Using Pain in Preaching

Using Pain in Preaching One last reflection on how to preach while in pain.  We’ve been looking at this subject for the last few posts, and today we are going to consider using pain in preaching your sermons. Henri Nouwen has said, in his book, The Wounded Healer, that God can use our pain.  Here’s the quote: […]

Preaching While In Pain

Preaching While In Pain We’ve been exploring the subject of how you go about preaching through pain that invades your life.  There are sources of pain that drain you physically, mentally and spiritually, and require that you learn the art of preaching while in pain of various kinds.  There the big ones, of course, like […]

How To Preach In Pain

How To Preach In Pain In the last post we began talking about the subject of preaching through pain.  Today we continue that discussion, but this time exploring how you do it.  Learning how to preach in pain is vital for every person who preaches on a regular basis.  In this post we will begin […]

Preaching Through Pain

Preaching Through Pain Every pastor, at some time or another, is going to experience preaching through pain.  Imagine the following as your life.   You have moved to a new, larger venue for your growing church, and someone shouts “Fire” at your inaugural service.  Seven people die in the rush to get out.   Your […]

Listening To The Listeners

Listening to Listeners Haddon Robinson taught preaching for many years at Denver Theological Seminary.  The title for this post is the title of  one of the chapters in his book, Making a Difference in Preaching.  Listening to listeners is one of the keys to preaching more effectively to your particular audience. What do you think of […]

The Story Sermon

The Story Sermon There’s one more kind of sermon that I want to explore before we leave our review of the various types of sermons that we can put in our preaching tool belt.  (Again, if you are new to this blog, the first in this series of reflections on kinds of sermons is linked […]

Variety In Preaching

Variety in Preaching So, if you’ve been reading this blog regularly, we’ve just completed a series on the various kinds of sermons that can be preached.  Here’s a link to the first in the series.  Today we turn to a related question: “What kinds of sermons do I schedule over a period of time?”  If […]