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Should We Use Someone Else's Sermon?: Preaching in a Cut-And-Paste World [Paperback]

By Scott M. Gibson (Author)
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A short but definitive study of the growing problem of pulpit plagiarism, which people are reluctant to talk about, with suggestions on how to avoid the problem or deal with it if it comes to light in a church.

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With easy access to sermons on the Internet, plus pressure to deliver the next sermon with little time to prepare, no wonder some pastors have resorted to plagiarizing other people s sermons, passing them off as their own. This growing epidemic has received coverage in the Wall Street Journal, on National Public Radio, and elsewhere. Some pastors have been caught in the act and dismissed from their churches. Is this fair? Is this stealing? How can you recognize it? How can it be prevented? This book not only helps explain the problem, but it also explores the ethical implications and gives advice on how to avoid it or deal with it if the problem surfaces in your church. It includes study questions at the end of chapters and a concluding case study."

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 10, 2008
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  18
ISBN  0310286735  
ISBN13  9780310286738  
UPC  025986286736  

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More About Scott M. Gibson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Scott M. Gibson (DPhil, Oxford) is the Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching and Ministry, director of the Center for Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and one of the founders of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. He is the author or coauthor of several books on preaching and lives in Massachusetts.

Scott M. Gibson currently resides in South Hamilton, in the state of Massachusetts. Scott M. Gibson was born in 1957.

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Learn from other preachers, but don't steal their sermons word for word  Dec 29, 2008
Scott Gibson is a preaching professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He writes this book to encourage pastors to prepare their own sermons, to spend time exegeting and studying God's Word for themselves.

The first chapter is a brief survey of a number of famous people who have been accused of plagiarism or who have been caught in the act of plagiarizing. He mentions poets, preachers, historians, and public speakers.

In the next chapter, Gibson defines plagiarism as stealing other people's material and using it as your own. He says that plagiarizing sermons betrays the trust of the people, who are paying you and dpending on you to study the word and bring fresh insight into issues affecting their lives and their parish.

Gibson goes to say that pastors who plagiarize do it because they are insecure about their own ability to give home run sermons, or because they are lazy, or because they are depressed (hard to see where Gibson was coming from on this point), or because they feel a need to compete with the megachurch preachers. Gibson says that we should study responsibly, read widely, take notes, apply the text to ourselves, and give credit when we do use other pastors' insights. No heavy documentation is necessary, simply say "I heard so and so say this," or "It has been said in the past," or "Church Swindoll writes."

Ginson also advises pastors to be careful when navigating the world wide web. Pastors should should wisely, and do what is right. When we blow it, we should confess, repent, and get some accountability partners.

There is a brief discussion near the end of the book concerning how to properly confront a minister suspecting of sermon stealing.

This is a controversial topic, and I think Gibson does a good job with it.

Plagiarizing Preachers Beware, this book could expose you to yourself  Nov 21, 2008
I picked up Gibson's book while stocking books in the preaching section of our store. Having been the victim of a plagiarizing pastor in college, I was interested to see what he would say, and how he would approach it. Fortunately, I shared the same sentiments as he did, so the book was interesting the whole way through.

In about 100 pages Gibson takes on the ethical dilemma many pastors find themselves in during their preaching lifetimes, should they use someone else's sermons? His answer is a firm, "No" with the exception of citing, in a bulletin, or in the sermon. While it seems rather obvious to a layperson that a pastor should have something original every Sunday, Gibson discusses the intricacies that could go unnoticed.

He handled the subject pretty objectively, noting that many pastors throughout history have suggested that pastors use other's sermons instead of taking the risk of preaching a doctrinally unsound sermon. But he makes sure it is understood that there is a big difference between stealing a sermon, and quoting/citing others ideas within one's own sermon.

He also devotes a chapter to the prevention of this temptation for pastors. He suggests ways in which the church can handle a situation in which a pastor plagiarizes. The book is very readable, and worth the read for anybody who is on staff at a church, or anybody who has been victim to a sermon stealing pastor, or are suspect of their pastor.

I too thank you Mr. Gibson for writing this book. I have seen sermon stealing first hand, and it didn't help my own disillusionment, but this book helps reconcile the situation.
Finally, someone says it!  Oct 30, 2008
Finally someone said what has needed addressing for some time now. Thanks Dr. Gibson. Two very big thumbs up.

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