A pulpit for our time

If Forward Movement decided to sell liturgical furniture, this is the sort of thing we’d offer. A company called Little Mountain Productions is now selling the iPulpit. You guessed it. It’s a pulpit for your iPad. When I preach from a text, this is exactly how I do it: using my iPad. Paper is so 2009.

Of course, for Episcopalians, that giant Bible with all the highlighting is going to be a prayer book / hymnal combo. And more would probably sell if they could figure out how to stick an iPad into an eagle lectern or something.

What tickles my funny bone is that the URL for this thing is “…gamestands.html”. Game stands. But all kidding aside, using an iPad for preaching is no game. It offers few advantages over paper, except that I won’t get pages out of order. I also like that I can tweak my sermon in my office between services, and the iPad is automagically updated. This seems to me the way preaching should work in our tech age.

One of these days, I’ll rant more about preaching and rave about using my tablet for preaching and teaching.

Wave of the giant Bible to pastorgear.com and a certain bishop who sent me this link. Also, Forward Movement is not going to sell furniture. That references was for illustrative and humor purposes only.

8 Comments so far

  1. Penny Nash on February 19th, 2012

    I’m an iPad preacher, too, for all the reasons you mention. AND it’s wonderful for evening services in the church w/my BCP app…. everyone else needs a little flashlight and I’ve got a lighted screen. Brilliant!

  2. Victoria Gaile on February 20th, 2012

    :looks dubiously at it & wrinkles her nose:

    The iPad integration looks very sensible, but there isn’t anything else *to* this pulpit! No place to tuck the glass or bottle of water, or kleenex or cough drops, or to screen the perfect visual aid or prop until just the right moment in the sermon.

    It doesn’t look like the height adjusts very easily, either, in which case there’s also no place to hide the stepstool that children and other height-disadvantaged persons (who would really rather not look like children) will need.

    And am I really the only person who finds comfort in the thought that nobody can see my tapping feet or twitchy knees?

    Oh, so boringly practical. It does look like just the kind of pulpit they’d have in the chapel on the Starship Enterprise, though! ;)

  3. Marguerite on February 20th, 2012

    When you walk to the front of the church at the start of the service, you carry your Ipad, not a Prayerbok? Mrs Pearson, at our church, would roll her 80-year-old eyes. :-D

  4. Nan Doerr on February 20th, 2012

    I, too, use the iPad for preaching – for all the reasons listed. I do just fine with the regular pulpit at the church where I currently serve as interim rector. With my iBCP and my onboard Bible resource I have instant access to whatever I need during service. The only thing I lack is an onboard hymnal. But with my Onsong App, I have access to all the contemporary music that is used, especially by our youth group praise band.
    I set my iPad on the pulpit before the service starts and it stays there unless I need it like when we commissioned lay ministers. :-)

  5. Penny Nash on February 20th, 2012

    I use it for the whole service on weekdays, but usually not on Sundays. Mostly because of the hymns. I have to say that the older folks get a kick out of it as well as the young. I even have some of them use it to read the lections at the service at the retirement center.

  6. Robert Wooten on February 20th, 2012

    Well these folks have it all wrong. I was thinking that a nice overstuffed chair [maybe a rocker]is just the thing for a minister to give his or her serman on. Perhaps a floor lamp behind to read better with and a moveable lectern to move aside if He wants to put his feet up. A folksie down home setting is whats called for not stiff cold modernism.

  7. marcie on February 21st, 2012

    Sounds like there are a lot of ideas here as to what the perfect liturgical furniture would be. This is a great read for more inspiration (and ideas for custom church donations) http://blog.custommade.com/2012/02/custom-liturgical-furniture-for-church-donations-and-renovations/

  8. thing 1 on February 26th, 2012

    Those of us sitting below would be subjected to knees & twitching & watching acolytes serving water,holding notes & props but on the other hand, they could hold the applause signs!