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Bucks County Preacher Using Technology To Spread God’s Message

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SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. (CBS) – Many churches use a multi-media approach to spreading the word, but a Bucks County minister holds the whole presentation in his hand.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Southampton had been using slides and even videos in sermons for a while, but now Pastor Michael Carlson has cut out the middle man in the A/V room by using an iPad as a control device while he’s preaching. And, no, this is not more flash than substance.

“I hope that whenever I’m sharing with the congregation that it’s the message that is foremost,” Carlson says. “Ours is a fairly traditional Lutheran congregation and, you know, using media in worship in any form was not our tradition. I’ve detected no real resistance.”

Despite technical wrinkles, Pastor Carlson finds that because the iPad screen lets him see what’s next he’s more conversational and spontaneous.  His sermons are online as text but maybe multi-media is in the offing here too.

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060

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