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Sermon Stealing: It's More Common Than You Think
Sermon Stealing: It's More Common Than You Think

By: Tony Cartledge
Although many preachers prepare their own sermons, plagiarism has long been a common preacherly practice. Pastors and congregations must work together to ensure quality time for sermon preparation.

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Cyrus Cylinder – Pointing Toward Human Rights
Cyrus Cylinder – Pointing Toward Human Rights
The Cyrus Cylinder has been called the world's first Bill of Rights. While Cyrus the Great was no human-rights advocate, he pointed us in the right direction.
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What N.C. Governor Needs to Learn about Education
What N.C. Governor Needs to Learn about Education
A college degree in the humanities may not set you up for a high-paying job, but job preparation is not the only, or even the primary, function of higher education.
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Constitutional Crisis in England's Church-State Relations?
Constitutional Crisis in England's Church-State Relations?
If the matter of women bishops remains unresolved and the conflict ratchets higher, is it possible that there could be a parting of the ways for the marriage of church and state in England?
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Plummeting Protestants Become a Minority
Plummeting Protestants Become a Minority
With 48 percent professing affiliation in a recent study, Protestants became a minority. The biggest factor in the decline? More folks say they have no religious preference.
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How Electronic Communication Can Scuttle Intimacy
How Electronic Communication Can Scuttle Intimacy
Relationships are challenging enough, but they can be even more complicated when electronic communication is thrown into the mix. Here are the dangers and the benefits.
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Papyrus Fragment Stirs Discussion Again about Jesus and a Wife
Papyrus Fragment Stirs Discussion Again about Jesus and a Wife
A small fragment of ancient papyrus contains a tantalizing reference to Jesus as a married man.
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How Do You Sum Up the Bible in 10 Words or Fewer?
How Do You Sum Up the Bible in 10 Words or Fewer?
Can you sum up the Bible's overarching message in 10 words or fewer? No matter how many or how few words we use, our expression of the biblical message will be incomplete.
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The Greatest Struggles Christian Women Face
The Greatest Struggles Christian Women Face
A solid majority of Christian women feel "a lot" of joy, spiritual freedom and fulfillment, a new survey says. But you may be surprised by what many call their biggest struggles.
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Will Postmoderns Support the Church?
Will Postmoderns Support the Church?
If younger adults were more aware of the fiscal realities facing the church, could they be persuaded to share more of the costs?
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Your Favorite Hymn May Be
Your Favorite Hymn May Be "Faith's Review." Really.
You may not know it, but your favorite hymn may be called "Faith's Review and Expectation." Find out who wrote it and what name it is better known by today.
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How College Students Study Less, Earn Better Grades
How College Students Study Less, Earn Better Grades
College students are studying less but earning better grades. For colleges that depend almost exclusively on government-funded tuition, students with decent grades keep their schools funded.
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Shorter University: From Education to Indoctrination
Shorter University: From Education to Indoctrination
Under the control of fundamentalists, Shorter University has seen its mission morph from education to indoctrination – and something very important has been lost.
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Are You Lonesome Tonight? More of Us Are
Are You Lonesome Tonight? More of Us Are
We are becoming a lonely nation. People have fewer confidants and are more likely to live alone. What will it take for us to make friends and end our isolation?
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Here's What You Should Not Do When Preaching
Here's What You Should Not Do When Preaching
Lots of people will tell you how to preach. But Lillian Daniel, senior minister of First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill., recently shared tips on how not to preach.
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Why You Shouldn't Need Your iPad for Lent
Why You Shouldn't Need Your iPad for Lent
As technology advances, we depend on computers to remember things for us. But during Lent, it's important to remember what God in Christ has done for us – without relying on our iPads.
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Why We're Too Quick to Criticize Jefferson's Bible
Why We're Too Quick to Criticize Jefferson's Bible
Many criticize Thomas Jefferson for "picking and choosing" the teachings of Jesus he wanted to follow, but we all heed some parts of the Bible more than others.
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Why Most of Your Church Don't Believe in Tithing
Why Most of Your Church Don't Believe in Tithing
The once-common practice of tithing is fading away, and sometimes with the encouragement of church leaders who fear that an emphasis on giving will chase away present or prospective members.
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Conservative Group Molds Bible in its Own Image
Conservative Group Molds Bible in its Own Image
A conservative group is working to save us from the liberal bias in the Bible with their own translation using "powerful conservative words." It's ludicrous and dangerous.
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Male Dominance Reflects Culture, Not Biblical Mandate
Male Dominance Reflects Culture, Not Biblical Mandate
God's own "personhood" is beyond gender. Although God created both men and women in God's image, some assume that male dominance is a divinely intended biblical value.
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Dead Sea Scrolls Receive New Life Online
Dead Sea Scrolls Receive New Life Online
High-resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls are available online. Even if you don't read Hebrew, the website is worth a look so you can appreciate the painstaking way in which the Scriptures were copied through the years.
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Saudi Women May Be Allowed to Vote, But Not Drive
Saudi Women May Be Allowed to Vote, But Not Drive
Women in Saudi Arabia may be allowed to vote and run for office in four years, but today they still can't drive cars freely. One woman even received 10 lashes for driving.
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Lying About History Doesn't Help Palestinians' Cause
Lying About History Doesn't Help Palestinians' Cause
Palestinians who seek a safe homeland in the Mideast have been lied to and mistreated repeatedly, but that doesn't mean they can rewrite history by denying that there was ever a Hebrew nation in Palestine.
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When Censorship Crops Up in Religious Circles
When Censorship Crops Up in Religious Circles
A book's missing chapter. Warning labels on books. Blog critics blast a book before it's published. A lot of people in religious circles have been worried lately about what you might be reading.
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Why Should You Care About the Septuagint?
Why Should You Care About the Septuagint?
Only a tiny fraction of the population has any clue what the Septuagint is. However, understanding its history helps us understand the Bibles that we read and study today.
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On Calling Women Pastors: Say One Thing, Do Another
On Calling Women Pastors: Say One Thing, Do Another
It's time for moderate Baptists who claim they support women pastors to quit paying lip service to the notion and actually call a woman. When will they be ready to give women a chance?
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Bibles Abound in Our Homes, But Are They Read?
Bibles Abound in Our Homes, But Are They Read?
Owning a tower of Bibles or displaying a giant version for the coffee table may appear impressive, but the Bible's true message doesn't seep out by osmosis. We need to take time to read it.
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 Atheists Score Best on Religious-Knowledge Quiz
Atheists Score Best on Religious-Knowledge Quiz
It's clear that most Americans have an insular faith. On a pop quiz of religious knowledge, people who identified themselves as atheists and agnostics scored better than anyone who identified with a particular faith.
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North Carolina CBF Seeks Input on Revised Statements
North Carolina CBF Seeks Input on Revised Statements
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina is seeking input on revisions to its foundational statements. However, those revisions mute some of the most distinctive aspects of the Baptist movement.
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How Small Churches Can Find Qualified Ministers
How Small Churches Can Find Qualified Ministers
While there is a surplus of ministers wanting a shrinking pool of big-church jobs, many small churches have difficulty attracting a decent pastor. They could have an easier time if they didn't eliminate half the candidates.
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Lesson Learned from a Skeptical Thomas
Lesson Learned from a Skeptical Thomas
A small church's life-size fresco of the Last Supper on the chancel wall offers the opportunity for reflection. And one of the disciples, Thomas, his arms folded, seems to ask "Why are you here?"
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For More Than a Third of Adults, Church Hurts
For More Than a Third of Adults, Church Hurts
More than a third of adults who don't go to church say they've been hurt by an experience or person within the church, a survey found. Isn't it time for the church to start setting a better example?
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For Guys, Trust is Only a Beard Away
For Guys, Trust is Only a Beard Away
Men with beards were regarded as trustworthy more often than their smooth-shaven counterparts, a study found. Should pastors and other ministers also grow beards in order to increase their credibility?
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Academic Honesty Carries High Price for Scholar
Academic Honesty Carries High Price for Scholar
A conservative Old Testament scholar said Christians risk being branded a cult if they refuse to acknowledge the evidence favoring some form of evolution. The seminary he worked for handed him his walking papers.
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What People Don't Know About Easter
What People Don't Know About Easter
A recent survey from the Barna Group revealed that less than half of Americans connect Easter with the resurrection of Christ. Meanwhile, 2 percent even thought that Easter was about Jesus' birth.
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Does Family Metaphor Hurt Church Growth?
Does Family Metaphor Hurt Church Growth?
Should churches stop thinking of themselves as families? One consultant claims the metaphor can cause them to focus on themselves and lose sight of their larger mission.
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Woman Preacher's Legacy Spans Generations
Woman Preacher's Legacy Spans Generations
The last seven generations of the Cartledge family have been Baptists. And it all started because of a seemingly unfortunate incident and a woman preacher's spirited defense in 1770.
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Ancient Text's Translation: Care for Least of These
Ancient Text's Translation: Care for Least of These
A translation of the oldest known Hebrew inscription calls for sensitivity to slaves, widows, orphans and strangers. If accurate, it's a reminder of the importance of loving one's neighbor, especially the least fortunate.
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Lottie Moon and Crawford Toy: Two Baptist Heroes
Lottie Moon and Crawford Toy: Two Baptist Heroes
Two 19th century Baptists remind us there's more than one way to be a hero. Lottie Moon sacrificed a comfortable life to share the gospel in China, and Crawford Toy refused to surrender his integrity to narrow-minded demands.
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Out of Circulation? Newspaper Numbers Still Dropping
Out of Circulation? Newspaper Numbers Still Dropping
Newspaper circulation continues to decline, dropping 10.6 percent from this time last year. Sadly, Internet-savvy Americans don't realize what good newspapers do for them.
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Internet Gaming Parlors Skirt N.C. Gambling Laws
Internet Gaming Parlors Skirt N.C. Gambling Laws
The lottery's no longer the only game in town in many North Carolina communities. Sweepstakes parlors, where patrons play online games hoping to win money, have been able to skirt the law.
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Do-It-Yourself Americans Build Their Own Religion
Do-It-Yourself Americans Build Their Own Religion
A survey on Americans' spirituality reveals we can be do-it-yourselfers. Some are spiritual but not religious. More than a third are less religious than their parents. And 9 percent have found their own psychic powers.
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Ocean's @ 13? Why More Parents Should Say 'No'
Ocean's @ 13? Why More Parents Should Say 'No'
A 13-year-old girl from the Netherlands wants to sail around the world solo. Her parents seem to think it's a great idea. Sometimes, children are better off when parents are willing to say 'no.'
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They're Serious? Two Preposterous Public Statements
They're Serious? Two Preposterous Public Statements
A possible presidential candidate's words undermine Middle East peace. A pastor refers to a tornado as God's judgment against Lutherans. Two lessons in why we should think before we speak.
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Freely Speaking Lies Abuses Right to Free Speech
Freely Speaking Lies Abuses Right to Free Speech
Freedom of speech is a corollary to freedom of religion, which Baptists have championed for 400 years. Some, however, abuse this right when they spread lies.
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Global Group Lends Insight to World Problems
Global Group Lends Insight to World Problems
A global group of well-seasoned leaders, called The Elders, lends their voices to promoting peace and addressing the major causes of human suffering.
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Seminary Heads' Answer to Declining Baptisms: Have More Kids
Seminary Heads' Answer to Declining Baptisms: Have More Kids
Southern Baptists have watched their baptism totals decline, and two seminary presidents know who's to blame. The birthrate has also been declining among Baptist families. These leaders think Baptists need to have more kids.
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Digging for Truth: Good Newspapers Deliver Essential Service
Digging for Truth: Good Newspapers Deliver Essential Service
Two top university administrators in North Carolina resigned after their role in creating a cushy job for the former governor's wife came to light. The truth was revealed to the public thanks to the diligent work of newspaper journalists.
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Like Other Justices, Sotomayor's Perspective Will Sway Decisions
Like Other Justices, Sotomayor's Perspective Will Sway Decisions
Charged with being "racist" for a remark she made in 2001, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was simply acknowledging that perspective can be important. Like every other justice, her experiences inform her perspective.
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Misguided Pentagon Covers Turned Bible into War Propaganda
Misguided Pentagon Covers Turned Bible into War Propaganda
Newly declassified documents reveal that top secret briefings featured photos of military scenes overwritten with Bible verses. The men and women risking their lives in service to their country should not be turned into Crusaders.
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Sri Lanka's Children Among Armed Conflict's Heavy Casualties
Sri Lanka's Children Among Armed Conflict's Heavy Casualties
Sri Lanka, an island country just off the coast of India, is still rocked by armed conflicts in which tens of thousands, including many children, have died. Although a truce was signed in 2002, violence has intensified in the past year.
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Fewer Labeling Themselves Christian May Be a Good Thing
Fewer Labeling Themselves Christian May Be a Good Thing
A survey revealed that the percentage of Americans identifying themselves as Christians is declining. That may be a positive step. There's a huge difference between wearing a Christian label and living a Christian life.
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This World Could Use More Good Samaritans
This World Could Use More Good Samaritans
A friend's daughter was driving on the interstate after midnight when her car broke down. She pulled over and waited for a patrolman or someone to help. For 15 hours, no one did. Where are our Good Samaritans?
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Blogger Predicts Evangelicalism's Collapse Within Decade
Blogger Predicts Evangelicalism's Collapse Within Decade
Evangelicalism's fall is blamed on its overt identification with the political right and its insufficient roots in genuine faith.
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North Carolina’s CBF Challenged to ‘Talk the Talk’
North Carolina’s CBF Challenged to ‘Talk the Talk’
Too many Christians buy into the idea that a vocal witness is not important and “words don’t mean anything,” Fred Craddock says.
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The Real Problem with the “Sin Tax” – Not Big Enough
The Real Problem with the “Sin Tax” – Not Big Enough
North Carolina is among the states that are looking at "sin taxes" as a relatively easy means for increasing revenue – easy, so long as they can get by the powerful tobacco and alcohol lobbies.
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College Presidents' Alcohol Project Deserves Failing Grade
As of Aug. 25, a group of more than 125 college presidents and chancellors have signed on to promote one of the dumbest ideas ever to emerge from an administrative office.
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Global Baptists Seek to Transcend 'Worship Wars'
Worship and the so-called "worship wars" were on the agenda during the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education, held in Prague July 27-29.
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Bullies Need Guidance
I suppose every school has bullies. I remember running into high-school bullies who didn't like my nerdy appearance, or who took offense when I talked to a certain girl in Latin class. Almost the entire high school turned bully in 1968, the year a handful of brave African-American students became the first to integrate our all-white enclave. I saw cruelty up close, but don't remember any of the adults instructing us to be nicer. Some of us really needed an authority figure to spell things out for us.
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Sin Spinning, Government Style
Despite a sinking (some might say stinking) economy, sales of lottery tickets are up in North Carolina. While listening to North Carolina Public Radio, I heard chief hustler Tom Shaheen credit the improved sales to the bigger prizes being offered.
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Another Vital Statistic: Is the SBC On the Brink of Financial Decline?
LifeWay Christian Resources' recent annual statistical study demonstrated in rather clear fashion that the Southern Baptist Convention, which had long defied the trends of mainline denominations by continuing to grow, appears to have peaked and begun a gradual decline. Baptisms continue a steep slide despite fervent efforts to prop them up, and even the amorphous "membership" category showed a dip in 2007.
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The Jesus Faith and Message
A recent letter from International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin gave a few remaining holdout Southern Baptist Convention missionaries an ultimatum that finally spelled out what most folks have assumed all along. Failure to sign a statement affirming the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message has consequences, and the consequences are spelled t-e-r-m-i-n-a-t-i-o-n.
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