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Plagiarism, Integrity, and Giving Our Best

How do you give your very best to sermon prep every week?

I will never forget the night in the fall of 2000 when a member of the house church we had just started approached me and said, "Pastor, you are not going to believe this. A few weeks ago at a church here in New York, I heard the same exact sermon I heard at a church while visiting friends half-way across the country!"

As he described the sermon, I soon realized it was from Rick Warren's site www.pastors.com now under www.saddlebackresources.com. Most of the sermons on this site were topical in nature, and many were 6-12 week series. With your purchase came a full manuscript, an outline, and a bulletin insert so the congregation could follow along. The site also gave carte blanche permission to use the sermon without citing Rick Warren.

Most preachers are fully aware that the number of Internet sermon resources available online has exploded since the early 2000s. Many of the sermon resource sites now provide greater biblical and theological content and are not focused on providing ...

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