History of the pulpit...
Pulpits, which are associated with traditional churches today, haven't always been included in churches. In the earliest days of the church, Christians met in homes. In the Middle Ages, pulpits were installed in churches, but sermons rarely were preached out of them. More emphasis was given to the sacraments than to preaching.
The pulpit became more prominent during the Protestant Reformation, when the preaching of God's Word became the primary ingredient of worship. The pulpit became more than a place to stand or a structure on which to place notes and a Bible. It became a symbol of the authority of the Bible, the church, and the preacher.
Now that you know the history, let me tell you how we came to this wonderful piece. My husband and I love to go antiquing, we are very drawn to things with meaning, and history. Definitely seems we are drawn to things spiritual. So one day along with our boys we ventured out for a hamburger, and came across this cute little town in Charlotte with some antique stores. So of course, the boys where like "not again, do we have to go in"? YES come on....so we went in and browsed around and nothing really stood out, that was til my husband spotted this beat up pulpit. It was in really bad shape and he thought it was beyond repair. I of course saw past the damage and saw the true potential in it, nothing a little sanding and stain could not fix. And for 40.00 how could you go wrong? I have since then priced pulpits and they can be very expensive. In the meantime the boys stood outside miserably and I went out with them while Mike still pondered it. Next thing you know we see a priest and nun walk in the store....I ran in and said to Mike buy it, this was a sign of goodness! Hence it sits in our home in a perfect corner, with my husbands Masonic bible on top. It is quite the conversation piece to say the least!!~
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