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?



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