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.

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“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.”

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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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