I guess we are seeing the logical results of the culture that's been around in colleges and universities for a long time. This response, written by the always-interesting-and-sometimes-provocative Carl Trueman, to this web site which provides 'research services' to pastors, is very interesting.
I suppose there are legitimate reasons for pastors to use such a service, but I can't see how such a service could be financially viable if it was restricted to 'legitimate reasons.' I have a funny feeling, as Trueman hints, that there is a lot more ghost writing going on than meets the eye. In my mind, this kind of ghost writing for sermons is no different than the purchasing of parts (or all) of term papers by college students.
Well, there is one difference: college students who buy their papers will answer for their dishonesty, but pastors who don't do what they are paid to do will answer for their dishonesty as well. I can relate, because sometimes I don't always do everything I'm supposed to do, so I'm guilty of the same thing at times. What really bothers me is these pastors will also answer for their responsibility as teachers, per the New Testament proscription on teaching, cited by Dr. Trueman. That's kinda scary.
I don't want to paint all these pastors with a broad brush as dishonest. Some of the names and faces on the testimonial list are pastors I greatly respect and admire. I'm sure many pastors really do use this service for viable and legitimate reasons. But I think they should be very careful in attaching their endorsement of such a service because of the liability of being associated with those who step over the line of appropriate activity.
It will be interesting to see if this story grows some legs.