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.
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.
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.
Reading the Beatitudes Like a Christian - Study Guide
Study guide for a lesson about scripture. Patristic and medieval biblical interpreters can help us relearn reading Scripture within the story of salvation. Discussion questions and liturgical elements included.
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.
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.
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.”
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....
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.
Most Teens Cheat
The results of a study indicating that more than 70 percent of US college and high school students admit to cheating illustrates the biblical doctrine of total depravity (cf., Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; 7:1-25).
James Schaap gives a moving, personal reflection on the "despicable theology of race and faith" with which American Christians of all stripes must reckon.
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.
History of Hymns: “He Lives”
This offer background and commentary on the beloved him by Alfred H. Ackley (1887-1960), "He Lives."
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.
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.
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.
"Finding Forrester": Two-Way Mentoring
Describing the mutually beneficial relationship between a budding writer and a reclusive Pulitzer Prize winner, this sermon illustration demonstrates the value of mentorship, relationship, and our need for community.