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Thursday, January 28, 2010

What exActly is a Pulpit?

 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 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!!~ 




Blogger Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

How unique and how pretty. I love it when someone puts something in an unexpected place. It makes things so much more interesting. laurie

January 28, 2010 at 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

What an amazing find. I have never seen one for sale at an antique store.

January 28, 2010 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Razmataz said...

That is very cool. I love anything with a cross on it. I am not sure \I have seen one in my travels before.

January 29, 2010 at 5:53 AM  
Blogger Hootin Anni said...

Wow....just speaks volumes. What a TREASURE!

My show n tell is all about Valentine stuff this week.


January 29, 2010 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a great history lesson. I didn't know any of that. Very unique.

January 29, 2010 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Ms. Bake-it said...

What a great find! Thank you for sharing the history of the pulpit with us.

~ Tracy

January 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Love the story behind the pulpit. What a fun piece. I have been searching for one of those light a candle holders, from an old Catholic church. Where you light a candle to pray for someone.

Thanks for the teacup tip!

January 29, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

What a unique find and a real conversation the story and my husband and kids groan everytime I want to stop at a yardsale or thrift store! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment!

January 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great find. Thanks for sharing the history with us.
Thanks for stopping by. You are going to get the front that came thru here probably. We ended up with about an inch, but there are a lot of concern about ice especially tonight.

January 29, 2010 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Hi Deb...thanks for stopping by! My hubs was a minister for we had quite a few various pulpits...but he really used them!
Hope you have a great weekend!

January 29, 2010 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

My kids feel the same way yours do! I laughed out loud when I read about the priest and the nun! I thought you were going to say you had to run it and buy it before they did! haha!

January 30, 2010 at 12:35 AM  
Blogger GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Dear Debbie, The pulpit is a wonderful find and you made your Show and Tell post so interesting with the history. I have perused several of your posts and have enjoyed getting to know you a bit.

Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving your comment!

Kindly, ldh

January 30, 2010 at 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Begoluna said...

That light perfectly iluminating your pulpit... does it come from the window? is it special added effects? or God Himself??? :-)

So unique! Looks great in your house! Thanks for preserving it! Some people would have turn it into a table...! Heavenly beauty!!

February 1, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

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