I’ve gotten some questions since being a finalist in the Blogging Scholarship and asking for votes so that I might win $10,000 which I would use to pay for seminary.1 I suppose with all of the Occupy Wall Street2 stuff going on people leery of someone else asking for something. Or people probably just want to know things like – Who’s asking? Where would the money go? Does my vote really matter? Does he deserve it?
First, it is a lot easier to occupy a vote for me than it is to join the Occupy Wall Street movement. You can just click here once every 24 hours an vote for me, Mark Lamprecht. You don’t have to go to New York City or even the closest Occupy city in your area. No need to make signs, chant or sleep in tents. Just go to a computer and vote.
Secondly, and more seriously, I’ll briefly answer some of the inquiries I’ve gotten. I am actually in seminary right now pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. The scholarship money would be used to help me pay for the remainder of seminary. The scholarship would be used in lieu of the funding from the gracious saints who are enabling me to attend school now. The current funding provided could then be used for other Kingdom purposes. Last year for the 2010 Blogging Scholarship I won $1,000 for third place. I used that money to pay for two extra week long intensive classes.
It is not difficult to know a little about me from simply from reading this blog. Check out my about page3 or click around and read posts from the past five plus years. In case folks didn’t know, I am a Southern Baptist. I am attending an extension campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary which is where the scholarship money would go. In case anyone is wondering, I do go to classrooms with real professors and will be able to complete 85% or so of the M.Div. degree from this campus.
Also, the extension campus allows me to stay put and continue in my current job to support my wife and daughter and serve my church as a deacon. Since my wife’s back injury I am the only one able to work and winning this scholarship would certainly help.
Why should you vote for me? Purely out of an act of grace and kindness on your part. Even though I appreciate all of the kindness seen in the votes and promotion that everyone has given thus far, you owe me nothing. A few people have asked me to return the favor via a ministry promotion here or there on my blog and I’m considering those requests.
I cannot decide whether or not I deserve your vote as that is up to you. However, whatever your motives, you can always consider voting as the act of grace that it is.
Thanks again, everyone!