Thou shalt not steal another pastorâ€™s sermon?
Recent cases of high-profile pastors who have been accused of lifting othersâ€™ material are raising questions about whether pulpit plagiarism is on the rise â€” 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. â€śMistakes were made that I am grieved by and apologize for,â€ť 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 nationâ€™s largest churches, with 80 weekly â€śworship experiencesâ€ť across 19 campuses in five states. ...