Time crunch, competition, self-doubt, accessibility are a few reasons we are tempted to swipe someone else’s sermon and presented it as if it were ours.
Scot McKnight leans into this issue in his article Plagiarizing Sermons. I love this quote,
[A sermon is] a whole life brought to bear on a text each week for a single 30 minute or so sermon before a specific congregation. It shames the preacher not to be who he or she is in the pulpit, and to pretend to be someone else.
Here are seven more great articles:
- A Pastor Talks about the Pressures to Plagiarize by John Frye
- The Five Mistakes Public Speakers Are Making Now via Publicwords.com
- Sticky Sermons: Neuroscience Insights that will Improve Them by Charles Stone
- The Unintended Consequences of Multi-Tasking by Tim Elmore
- 10 Stories Pastors Can Use In Their Sermons by Brian Dodd
- When you don’t feel like you can be loved: how to practice the presence of God by Ann Voskamp
- 6 Tips For Getting Started With Evernote via Schneiderb.com