Leadership

What counts as plagiarism in a sermon?

J. D. Greear offers some personal rules that he follows: 1.     If I ever preach the gist of another person’s sermon, meaning that I used the lion’s share of their message’s organization, points, or applications, I give credit. 2.    If I glean an interpretation of a passage from someone, but the organization of the points, application and presentation are my own, I generally do not feel the need to cite. 3.     When I take a direct point or a line or the creative wording of a truth from someone, I feel like I should cite.  4.     When I give a list that someone else has come up with or offer some piece of cultural analysis, I feel like I should cite. 5.     If I hear a story told by someone else that reminds me of a story of your own, and I tell that story from my own life, I don’t think I need always to identify where I got the idea for that story from originally. What do you think? Good advice? Too loose?  Too tight? Read much more on the subject from J. D. right here… QUESTION:  Have you ever felt guilty after giving a sermon, feeling that you may have crossed the line?  Why or why not? Todd