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Need a jump start to get ahead of the relentless sermon/service planning schedule? This is the place. This website is designed to break the cycle of habitual last minute work and also to give even the most organized pastor a chance to consider various options regarding future sermons.I love this. I never really thought about what a hassle it must be for preachers to come up with something every Gosh-darned week. Plus the weddings, funeral, baptisms ... it's one fudging sermon after another. The congregation just takes, takes, takes. And then they take some more, because it's Christ-tide and you know that means extra sermons. What's more, once again you've left it until the last minute, you sinful, slothful slugabed, even though you promised yourself that this week you'd get it done by Friday at the latest. Talk about "what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I"! Fortunately the Sermon Coach is here to rescue you.
The Sermon Coach has sermons for every occasion, with a sermon keyed to every Sunday of the year. "Sermons will be posted at least three months ahead of time. They will remain available until that date is past." Basic sermon access is free, but for $9.95/month you get access to the entire sermon archive, plus Powerpoint graphics(!); for $14.95/month, you also get "Drama Scripts, Sermon Illustrations and Videos." That's better than Netflix!
So here's my question to you Renaissance scholars: how widespread was sermon "plagiarizing" in the Renaissance (scare quotes added to acknowledge the semi-anachronism of the concept of plagiarism)? I'm not talking about the practice of taking down sermons by shorthand in order to study them later or even to have them printed. I'm talking about preachers lifting sermons from other preachers, or from printed texts, because they couldn't be bothered to write their own. It must have occurred, right? And surely someone has written about it. But I haven't read about it.
One final point. The slogan for Sermon Coach? "Helping you conquer the sermon sucking black hole." Huh?