Milk a Lot of Cows, But Churn Your Own Butter: Avoiding Plagiarism

Milk a Lot of Cows, But Churn Your Own Butter: Avoiding Plagiarism

A few months ago I worshipped at the church of a talented young pastor whom I had been coaching. His sermon was good, surprisingly good. While I was chatting with him after the service, another parishioner we both knew well joined us and told him how much she enjoyed his message. She then remarked, with all sincerity and not at all accusingly, “I heard Andy Stanley give that same message this week. He told the same stories you did.” My young friend was clearly embarrassed. I invited him to lunch that week and waited to see if he would bring up the incident. He quickly did.