This is an interesting quote from Herman Melville. I especially find this interesting, as I have had the privilege to stand in the pulpit within “The Seaman’s Chapel” in New Bedford, MA.
The pulpit is ever this earth’s foremost part; all the rest comes in its rear; the pulpit leads the world. From thence it is that the storm of God’s quick wrath is first descried, and the bow must bear the earliest brunt. From thence it is that the God of breezes fair or foul is first invoked for favorable winds. Yes, the world’s a ship on its passage out, and not a voyage complete; and the pulpit is its prow. — Herman Melville
[Via Dan Stoddart on G+]