Thou shalt not steal another pastor‚Äôs sermon?
Recent cases of high-profile pastors who have been accused of lifting others‚Äô material are raising questions about whether pulpit plagiarism is on the rise ‚ÄĒ and whether it has become a more forgivable sin.
Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll was accused last year of plagiarism in material he wrote with Tyndale House Publishers and InterVarsity Press. ‚ÄúMistakes were made that I am grieved by and apologize for,‚ÄĚ Driscoll said in a statement. Most recently, popular Oklahoma City-based megachurch pastor Craig Groeschel has been accused of plagiarizing the work of writer and comedian Danny Murphy.
Groeschel is the pastor of Lifechurch.tv, a tech-savvy megachurch founded in 1996 that has quickly grown to one of the nation‚Äôs largest churches, with 80 weekly ‚Äúworship experiences‚ÄĚ across 19 campuses in five states. ...