David Lose says that plagiarism in the pulpit (representing others' work as one's own) is unacceptable because it violates the integrity of the pastorate. Lose offers suggestions for avoiding plagiarism.
Begging, Borrowing, But Not Stealing
This article explores the issues surrounding attribution, plagiarism, and borrowing ideas when crafting sermons.
What Do Your Words Reveal?
John Leax provides two different examples of the importance of being careful with words. The first is a story about plagiarism and the second about privileging kindness over laughs at key moments.
History of Hymns: “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending”
This offers background and commentary on the beloved hymn by Charles Wesley (1707-1788): “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending.”
Dennis R. Edwards shares the pressure that pastors face preparing a sermon and how a sermon should be personal, telling our own story while studying the scriptures.
Arguing that there are occasions in which it is appropriate to "recycle" sermons, this article by Nathan Aaseng discusses how to adapt older sermons to meet a congregation's current context.
Five Tips for Discovering What to Do With Your Life
Reflecting on Ephesians 2:10, this practical how-to encourages Christians to pay attention to compliments, recognize what causes frustration, find work that feels meaningful, assess skills that are already present, and take cues from peaks and valleys.
Content or Communion?
Why shouldn’t we just download the best sermon available at iTunes for our Sunday worship? This article argues that the Word proclaimed can't speak to communities with depth unless it is particular to the hearers.
Things You Cannot Live Without: Forgiveness
A sermon outline by Arthur Landwehr on Hebrews 10:11-18. Landwehr reflection on the necessity of confession and forgiveness, grounded in the cross, as the means by which people take responsibility for wrongs and find healing.
James Schaap gives a moving, personal reflection on the "despicable theology of race and faith" with which American Christians of all stripes must reckon.
A President Forgives
A sermon illustration about a United States president who calls a staffer into his office to forgive him. The staffer was caught committing multiple acts of plagiarism. Appropriate for Luke 6:37 and other scriptures on forgiveness....
Gender: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
In this article, Maria Fedoryka argues that masculinity and femininity are reflections of the two gestures of love—self-giving and receiving—that are found within the Trinity.
What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
Gender is the main topic of this essay which also defends the importance of marriage and gives insight into the nature of femininity.
Maintaining Your Virtual Integrity
This article considers virtual integrity, encouraging us to maintaining a clear e-conscience where our Christian character applies also to our online activities and actions. This resource is well suited as a sermon illustration or sermon starter.
Preaching with Authority
In this article, Chris Croghan reminds us of the power of God’s Word. When God’s Word enters into the ears of God’s people, God actually establishes a new reality for the hearer.
History of Hymns: “He Lives”
A history behind Alfred H. Ackley's beloved hymn "He Lives."
Cheaters at Harvard, the Moral Decline of Language, and Overcome Hate with Love: Illustrations for Preachers
The stories here provide fodder for illustrations on the decline of integrity at elite schools, the paucity of virtuous language, and how one church used the power of the gospel to serve its opponents.
Forgive Us Our Shortcuts
Often in life it seems like the best way forward is sideways, through some shortcut or another. Yet God calls us to take the honest path, unused as it might seem, rather than proceed by deceit.
Here is a design to remind us not to worry based on what Jesus said in Luke 12. It is based on Jesus' comments about the lilies and the ravens.
Truth and Love Top Internet Word Search
A statistic of the top defined words on Yahoo!, appropriate for 1 John 4:10 and Psalm 25:4-5.