About Rod

The blog title represents somewhat of a homemade theological haiku.

Gratia: meaning, grace and gratitude.

Veritas: Truth.

Lumen: Light.

I hail from 14 years in the retail industry, 12 of those years in Christian Retail, working for Koorong.com; 11 of those in frontline management. I also have qualifications and some experience in community radio.

I graduated  from Tabor Adelaide in 2013-2014, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry & Theology. I’m a husband, father to five, and alongside my wife am an 11 year homeschooling veteran.

More recently, I’ve been doing my own independent study, with the aim of one day attaining a Masters of Education & Theology.

My current goal is to study through all of Karl Barth’s, 13 volume, Church Dogmatics, along with a large amount of his other works.

For a short time, I was a guest writer at XYZ.net.au. I’ve been writing for Caldron Pool  since late 2018, and have had my work published by The Spectator Australia and Eternity News. Alongside my commitment to Caldron Pool, I’m also a weekly columnist at Dads 4 Kids.

My general academic research interests include Art and Theology, Church History, Pastoral Leadership, Western Civilisation, and Political theology.

My specific areas of interest include: Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jacques Ellul, Simone Weil, Albert Camus, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Hannah Arendt, Augustine, Victor Frankl, C.S Lewis, and Reinhold Niebuhr.

I came to be a follower of Jesus the Christ from life in a gutter. 

Parts of my personal story can be found here:

The Light in my Darkness.

Of Pawns & Kings, Fathers & Sons

Sometimes Government needs to get out of the way: Here’s why I’m a Skeptic when it comes to Government programs

There’s Nothing Cute About Child Abuse

Freedom from the Fear of failing: New Fathers & Navy Seals 

There’s Something Rotten in a Society When Caring for Others Makes Me No Better than the Taliban

– Rod.

Artwork: Ben Davis

©Rod Lampard, 2020

21 responses to About Rod


    I’m enjoying reading your blog, Rod. Thanks for posting such wonderful stuff, and all the best with your studies. Where are you studying?



      Hi Jason, I’m currently finishing off a double-degree through Tabor Adelaide, my hope is to move from that into a Masters. Thanks for the encouragement.



    Wonderful to hear from you! And I’ve heard some great things about Tabor Adelaide over the years. Good to hear of your plans to pursue a masters too. Happy to keep chatting via email. Best, Jason.



    Thanks for liking my post and following my blog. May God be glorified in what we say.



    Hello Rod! I look forward to really diving into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministries I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st because the “just shall live by his faith.” — Sebastian



    Church History surprisingly became one of my most favored areas of study while in seminary. Before that, I had absolutely no interest in history. It’s amazing what happens when we add God into the equation. Everything begins to make sense. All the best, I like the blog and will continue to check it out!



    It is encouraging that you are doing this blog. There is so much that is just burdensome in the blogging world and there is not much light. Let me recommend to you Stanley Hauerwas and Dallas Willard. Hauerwas deals with politics and theological ethics from a perspective determined by the patriotism that has corrupted a lot of American theology, so he might not be so relevant to Australian questions. I, on the other hand, have not heard of Jean Elshtain and will do some exploring of my own.



      Thank you for your comments. I have read a bit of Stanley H. Resident Aliens is one that really helped adjust my political theology. I found that he helped me fine tune the Barthian lens through which I am studying.



        I am about to begin Working with Words by Hauerwas, which my wife gave me for my birthday. Let me also recommend The Third Peacock by Robert Farrer Capon. His writing style grates on some people’s nerves, and he is writing mainly for a lay audience, and he says much that I disagree with, but I have never failed to be blessed by his insights.



    Are you originally from Australia, Rod? I have a Vietnamese friend who currently lives in Adelaide. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I will try to stop by your site again soon! (I’d check out more now but it’s 3am here…!) Thank you so much for coming by mine. God Bless 🙂 Jessica



    Hi, Rod! I was nominated for a Liebster Award and wanted to share the attention with you, so to speak. To learn more and to check out the rules… http://melindavanry.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/fun-friday-the-liebster-award/

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      Congrats and thank you. You are a gifted writer Melinda, the nomination is well deserved 🙂 I’ll have a bit more of a look at it tomorrow. God Bless.



    Hi Rod, good to see your work. Perhaps you could let me / us know in your study of Barth, how his personal life may have influenced his interpretation of Scripture regarding family, marriage and the church. It has recently been discussed that Barth had a very long term physical / “love” relationship with his secretary, even moving her into the family home, seemingly on agreement from his wife who was quite ill. it’s hard to imagine such wilful sin did not influence / distort some of his theology.



      My thoughts on that are a work in process. Hence the lack of any real deep response. I did cover it here: https://rodlampard.com/2018/09/06/three-criticisms-of-karl-barth/ Albeit briefly. Having read through a good chunk of CD 3:4 so far, I’m not convinced his poor decisions in the relationship context corrupt his theology or its conclusions. It’s clear (to me anyway after reading what I’ve read of 3:4 so far) that Barth wrestled with the Biblical imperatives on marriage, or as he elaborates, marriage is a life partnership; freedom in fellowship; ‘reciprocal co-existence’; vocation; command of God. There are parts where I think Barth’s personal choices do impact his theology; but I think it’s better to state that Barth’s theology impacts his personal choices. Hence he never divorced Nelly – as abusive as he let the situation become. See page 203 of 3:4 as an example. Barth doesn’t defend polygamy, but neither does he encourage it. As Barth would say: don’t follow me, follow Christ. To do the former is to entertain natural theology, which is to betray the latter. Hope this helps. Peace.


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