The days of preaching someone else’s sermons on the down-low is gone.
(Not that any of you all would ever do that).
But the level of scrutiny and accountability for your sermon has never been higher.
The internet has changed EVERYTHING.
And if you take a significant part of your sermon from a source other than yourself… the chances are high… very high actually, that someone will find out. And if you haven’t given proper annotation somewhere in your sermon or proper credit, it will undermine your integrity.
I remember hearing a sermon online that sounded really (really) familiar. It turned out the sermon I had heard the previous week was a word-for-word (seriously, word for word) delivery of this very famous pastor’s sermon.