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Yes preacher, we like alliteration too—but like it best when it's original.

There's no excuse for stealing the ideas or words of others without appropriate attribution. Plagiarism has been a problem for overworked preachers for generations, but our digital age appears to be making it even more commonplace—and disturbingly, more acceptable, even for high-profile pastors.

Religion News Service reports:

Recent cases of high-profile pastors who have been accused of lifting others' material are raising questions about whether pulpit plagiarism is on the rise — and whether it has become a more forgivable sin.
Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll was accused last year of plagiarism in material he wrote with Tyndale House Publishers and InterVarsity Press. "Mistakes were made that I am grieved by and apologize for," Driscoll said in a statement. Most recently, popular Oklahoma City-based megachurch pastor Craig Groeschel has been accused of plagiarizing the work of writer and comedian Danny Murphy.

It's a major problem. But how do busy pastors give their best week after week? Here's one take from preacher Corey McPherson.

As an alliterative aside—preaching pastors, perchance you'll permit us to proffer a poultice prepared for the pressing, problematic pulpit plague of plagiarism: PreachingToday.com. (Whew!)

Our sister site's resources for empowering original, well-crafted preaching are second to none, and our strong stance against homiletical shoplifting is well known. It's like having a research assistant and a tutor all in one, so that you'll never have to fear someone out in the pews has heard your words before—out of someone else's mouth.

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