Mark Lamprecht

A simple Christian writing and speaking to encourage Christlikeness.

Restore the Sinner with Gentleness

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. (Galatians 6:1 ESV) Today in the church there is a lot of imbalance in the way someone caught in sin is treated. In some camps, Christians will […]

Which Thief Are You?

The gospel of Luke (23:33–43) records an exchange between Jesus and two thieves hanging on crosses on either side of him. One thief criticized Jesus while the other defended and sought him. Jesus’ defender, often called “the thief on the cross” found salvation that day; the other did not. These men were criminals, evil-doers. The authorities punished […]

Contingently Acceptable Sins

In the landscape of American Christendom, there is an argument whose basic position is that some sins are acceptable contingent upon others sins being ignored. Such contingently acceptable sins are often argued for in light of Christian divorce and the acceptability of a “Christian” homosexual lifestyle, namely, same-sex marriage. While the church body in general may not […]

Think and Grow Godly: Philippians 4:8-9 (2015)

I got the opportunity to preach the sermon below after meeting the pastor at my Pulpit Supply Preachers conference table the last weekend in January. The pastor called me several weeks later asking how the pulpit supply ministry worked. We chatted and he ended up asking if I would fill in for him. I was […]

Count It All Joy

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,” reads James 1:2 (ESV). This is an all too familiar verse in the past several years. When someone asks me how to count all of their trials as joy, my knee-jerk reaction is to answer, “I don’t know.” Ask me how to […]

One Word for 2015: Optimism

I recently picked up the book One Word That Will Change Your Life at Goodwill, my favorite place to buy books. I bought the book about a month and half before the new year while I was thinking about goals I might make for the new year. The book was an easy read. I read it the afternoon […]

The Christmas Everyday Cliché

Christmas has been over for almost a week. There were complaints that Christmas advertising started too early. Then, Christmas was praised in the weeks and days leading up to it. Now no one is really talking about Christmas. It is almost as if we can not wait to celebrate Christmas, but then can not wait until […]

The Self-Sufficient Pursuit

Having just finished studying Ecclesiastes in Sunday School, I found the following opening paragraph of James Reitman’s “Postscript” on the significance of Ecclesiastes insightful and revealing. His experience reveals the human default to rely on self and struggle to find full satisfaction in God alone. As I look back on life at the age of 63, it is […]

An Awesome Weekend

It was a normal Monday. A co-worker asked about my weekend (though it could have been a friendly acquaintance, office neighbor, etc.). Before I could get a word out my co-worker unloaded on me about the “best movie of year” – Star Trek Into Darkness. There is never a shortage of new movies and Star Trek would have been […]

Bored at Church

Church can be boring, right? No matter which local church we attend, the same basic activities are done each Sunday. We sing, pray, read Scripture, have announcements, listen to preaching, have fellowship, etc. However a worship service is structured, even with slight variations, it will to be similar week after week. Same ole, same ole. Whether it is […]