Pastoral Ethics

‘If you have eyes, plagiarize’: When borrowing a sermon goes too far

"When Reese typed the sermon title into Google, a link to her pastor’s latest sermon series popped up. But so did a three-year-old series from a church in Kentucky. The Kentucky sermon was almost identical to the sermon her pastor had preached." - RNS

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Pastor, Plagiarism Is More Than Theft

"At the heart of all plagiarism are two sins: (1) theft and (2) deception. When a preacher plagiarizes he is not merely making an 'unwise decision' or engaging in 'immature indiscretion.' He is violating both the eighth and ninth commandments (Ex. 20:15–16). He is insulting a true and holy God." - TGC

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Pastors Answer: Does an Affair Disqualify You From Ministry?

"'Pastors’ Views on Moral Failures,' conducted by Nashville-based LifeWay Research...'There is widespread disagreement from pastors across denominations, church size, age, race, and education levels to quickly restoring pastors who commit adultery to public ministry positions.'" - Church Leaders

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Pastors face questions after selling church property and buying million dollar lakefront home

"A husband and wife team of pastors from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, are now facing tough questions after selling their longtime church to developers then splurging on a million dollar luxury lakefront home while telling their members that God now wants them to worship in 'micro churches' held in their homes." - Christian Post

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“While 75 percent of churchgoers ‘hold clergy in high regard,’ they aren’t as positive when it comes to personal attributes and character qualities.”

"Barely half consider clergy to be trustworthy, and only slightly more regard them as 'honest and intelligent.' Remember these are people who attend church at least once a month! Among those who seldom or never attend church, the respective numbers on those questions are 23 and 30 percent. The obvious question is why?" - BreakPoint

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Study: 32% of Southern Baptist churchgoers “believe many more Protestant pastors have sexually abused children or teens than have been currently exposed”

"Relatively few, however, know someone attending their church who has sexually abused a child (3 percent) or sexually assaulted someone (3 percent) but has not yet come to light." - BPNews

Related, in Christiantiy Today: 1 in 10 Young Protestants Have Left a Church Over Abuse

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