Just a small pet peeve that I have. But I also see it in ministry all the time. I see it in blog posts, hear it at times in podcasts, and have also heard it live in sermons. And this is nothing new. I just don't understand why people have to be copycats instead of just saying they heard it somewhere and give the original author the credit.
Why is this so hard?
Why do we have to try to look like the smart person?
And what do we do if we get caught? I've seen it happen and the person just said, "Oh it was in my nights, I was just in the zone and I forgot to quote them."
I've seen and heard several pastors give entire messages of Andy Stanley's, Doug Fields, Francis Chan, and even Billy Graham where they failed to quote and claim it for their own. I use other pastors material from time to time, but I make sure to give the brothers credit. And I hope that you do the same.