The Weekly Herald: Let's Talk About... Plagiarism

This week:  We're talking plagiarism! (Exciting, right?) But hey... this is important.

SHOULD PASTORS BORROW SERMONS?

The similarities in the sermons are unmistakable.

A video comparing the two sermons has racked up thousands of views online in recent days, partly because the two men are not just any church leaders: The first, who delivered his sermon in 2019, is J.D. Greear, the departing president of the Southern Baptist Convention. The other is Ed Litton, who was elected as Mr. Greear’s successor just a couple of weeks ago by a thin margin at an unusually contentious meeting.

Mr. Litton’s critics are calling it “sermongate.”

And the dust-up has revealed a dirty little secret of the preaching life...

Many pastors borrow from one another in the pulpit, and the norms around the practice are fuzzy at best >>>

 


 

WHERE'S THE LINE BETWEEN INSPIRATION AND PLAGIARISM?

“Borrowing” someone else’s sermon is one of the top four ways pastors get fired from churches, according to Thom Rainer, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s publishing arm and a noted interpreter of modern Christianity.

Rainer made that statement four years ago in a website post titled “The Four Most Common Acts of Stupidity that Get Pastors Fired.” He included sermon plagiarism along with flirting dangerously with sexual boundaries, financial stupidity and social media madness.

His assessment explains, in part, why such a furor has arisen over accusations that newly elected SBC President Ed Litton has copied some sermons from his predecessor, J.D. Greear >>>

 


YOUR BEST ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH

Happy National Workaholics Day! Today is the day we celebrate YOU.

Your hard work.
Your grind.
Your sacrifice.

And I want you to know one simple truth that's helped me to keep going...

Your best isn't good enough, and it never will be >>>


 

👕  MEME OF THE WEEK

"Me > Everything."
-- Jesus

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STORIES SHAPE US. FIND GOOD ONES.

People say you are what you eat, and we consume stories all day long. What kind of person are you becoming based on your diet of stories?

Movies, music, shows, sports, books, gossip, social media—these are all stories we munch on daily. But how do they affect our souls? Do they mold us more into the image of God?

Or do they drive us further away from the light of his presence?

 


QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"A man who first tried to guess 'what the public wants,' and then preached that as Christianity because the public wants it, would be a pretty mixture of fool and knave."

C.S. Lewis, Letters To Malcom: Chiefly On Prayer