Popular dating and marriage author Sheila Gregoire is accusing Dallas-area megachurch pastor Josh Howerton of plagiarizing other well-known pastors in a sermon this spring.
On Thursday, Gregoire, host of Bare Marriage podcast and author of The Great Sex Rescue, released a podcast that analyzed Howerton’s March 27 sermon on marriage. Howerton serves as lead pastor of Lakepointe Church, a multi-site megachurch based in Rockwall, Texas which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
“In eight minutes of the sermon that I analyzed, (he) had five pithy sayings—and four of them I found sources for other than him,” said Gregoire. In clips from his March 27 sermon, which has recently been removed from YouTube, Gregoire reveals alleged plagiarism of four prominent evangelical pastors: Andy Stanley, Steven Furtick, Rick Warren, and Mark Driscoll.
In a sermon clip, Howerton said: “If you’re single and wanting to find and attract a good spouse—let me say it like this,…