Mark Lamprecht

Thinking theologically about faith, culture, and politics.

What Does It Mean To Forgive Yourself?

If you would just forgive yourself, dear fellow Christian, you could move past whatever is hurting you – whatever is keeping you from healing. I have heard the call to the concept of forgiving yourself in various Christian settings from the pulpit to the pew to the counselor. But what does it mean to forgive yourself? More importantly, is forgiving yourself biblical?

I do → Keep reading

When You Have No Prayer Requests

Have you ever been in an intimate setting with fellow Christians sharing prayer requests and you have no prayer requests? I have.

I’ve given the ole, “Everything is great!” response many times in the past.

I suppose at the time that everything was great in some respect. My bills were paid, the car was running good, work was going smoothly, home life was good, → Keep reading

One Important Lesson Parents Should Learn from Maddi Runkles’ Pregnancy

Maddi Runkles’ story of sexual immorality which lead to her pregnancy electrified social media when the NY Times published an article on the situation: Pregnant at 18. Hailed by Abortion Foes. Punished by Christian SchoolDespite with whom you find fault in this whole ordeal, there is one important lesson parents should learn from Maddi’s pregnancy.

Maddi violated her Christian school’s code (and → Keep reading

Not My Body, Not My Choice

Sunday school class had begun. After a few minutes of teacher/class interaction – it happened. The first conversation on abortion that truly opened my eyes.

We were talking about people being made in God’s image, parents, children, etc. Someone mentioned the “my body, my choice” argument, a common pro-choice, pro-abortion argument.

I pointed out that the baby has his or her own DNA. Therefore, → Keep reading

Dear Viola Davis, We Celebrated Life On Sunday

Dear Viola Davis, we celebrated life on Sunday a few hours before you gave your Oscar’s acceptance speech. In your speech, you claimed artists as having the “only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.” Let’s watch again.

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My Wife Left Me In A Dead Stare

My wife and I were driving to dinner, I was complaining, then she said 5 words that left me in a dead stare. I was complaining about someone’s last minute imposition on us and the decision I had to make.

I wanted to say yes and I wanted to say no. Maybe someone else could decide. But then I would still have to → Keep reading

The Secret To Evangelism

Christians, are you looking for ways to get better at evangelism? Have you tried all of the popular methods? Most of them? Are you still at a loss?

I do not know exactly what it means to get better at evangelism. As Christians, we know that we do not save anyone. God the Father saves through the gospel of God the Son by the → Keep reading

Sins and Stones

Sometimes when a Christian calls out sin publicly, often on social media, people reply with, “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.” That reply is an alleged quote* from Jesus in the story of the woman caught in adultery as recorded in John 8:1-11. The application is that since Jesus, who was without sin, did not cast stones at the woman for → Keep reading

If I Believed In Heaven

Christian preachers used to talk about hell a lot more than they do today. They still, rightly so, talk a lot about heaven. My pastor still preaches about hell. I still preach about hell. And I know others who do, too.

Jesus teaches about hell. Even the most (arguably) famous Bible verse, John 3:16, implies hell in context. In that famous verse, Jesus tell → Keep reading

Christian, Do You Love God?


ellow Christian, do you love God? Do you love the Triune God of the Bible – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? Jesus said the first and greatest commandment is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37*).

We are called to love God → Keep reading