Mark Lamprecht

Thinking theologically about faith, culture, and politics.

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?

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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*).

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When the Bible Speaks of the Resurrection Jesus Speaks

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hen the Bible speaks, Jesus speaks. In fact, depending on which translation you use, a Bible search for the phrase “Jesus said” turns up as many as 158 times. I do not know of any other places other than the Bible where Jesus’ words and teachings were recorded, especially, by those who were his close followers. When the Bible speaks, Jesus speaks.→ Keep reading

Who Helps You When You Are Tempted?

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stood in the backyard with our foster dog for her morning walk. I heard something creaking behind me. I turned and noticed the back door being slowly nudged open. Our cat, Emily, was attempting to push open the door that I did not fully latch closed. She stood frozen in place not sure if she should take another step while sniffing the ground outside.
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