Mark Lamprecht

Thinking theologically about faith, culture, and politics.

When the Bible Speaks of the Resurrection Jesus Speaks


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?


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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And God Gave Me A Father


eing a father is hard – just ask one. Being a father is also an unexplainable joy. And having a father growing up was a blessing. I have failed a lot as a father but I hope I did well in some areas. Maybe a lot of fathers feel that way. Maybe not. I am sure my father could have done better in several→ Keep reading

Can Inclinations and Desires Be Sinful?


pastor stands behind the pulpit, his Bible opened, about to begin the sermon. He locks eyes with an attractive woman sitting on the front pew. The pastor’s wife notices as her husband and the woman are caught in a momentary stare-down. The woman winks. The pastor replies with a huge smile as he begins his sermon.

After service, the pastor’s wife confronts him as → Keep reading

But I Have Nothing To Be Thankful For!

Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (HCSB)



nother Thanksgiving Day is here and you might think, “But I have nothing to be thankful for!” Honestly, I struggle with this thought sometimes. This thinking is most prevalent when I am having a pity party. Yes, even as a Christian I→ Keep reading

Christian Nuance


uance may be defined as “a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.” Combine that term within the Christian worldview and get Christian nuance, a position that is more than some can bear. In fact, Christian nuance may seem so heavy that some may question the faith of the Christian walking in that world.

Yet, other Christians understand, especially when dealing → Keep reading

Hell and Tears


wonder how many Christians today would agree with the principle of D.L. Moody’s words, “I cannot preach on hell unless I preach with tears.” I wonder in light of the way some Christians today treat others, especially, on social media.

Many have got the hell part down well. They are true witnesses to Jesus’ words that what comes out of the mouth defiles a → Keep reading

For Whom Does Jesus Stand at the Door and Knock?


ne of the three books we are reading in my hermeneutics class is Grasping God’s Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible. I am enjoying the book and even based a recent Sunday School lesson off some of its material.

The recent reading teaches not to ignore the surrounding context of a passage. Revelation 3:20 is used as an → Keep reading

Never Good Enough or Never Bad Enough


esterday, I offered some brief thoughts on grace vs. karma. Today, I will finish those thoughts and consider two key issues to will help understand God’s grace in salvation.
  1. You can never be good enough to earn salvation since it is of God’s grace.
  2. You can never be bad enough to be ineligible for salvation since it is of God’s grace.

Never Good

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Thoughts on Grace Vs. Karma

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing;  it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

In today’s culture, much like the time when Ephesians was written, there is a fundamental misunderstanding of God’s grace towards mankind, especially, as it relates to salvation. In → Keep reading