Author Archive -- Pastor Mark Lovett

Pastor Lovett is the pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Hoisington, KS, where he lives with his wife, Kristi, and three children, Joshua (9), Sarah (4), and Kristopher (2). Pr. Lovett graduated from CTS in Dec. 2006. He received BA in philosophy from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, and served four years in the United States Navy.

The Life of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a huge part of the Christian life. The Old Testament and the New Testament are so full of thanks given to God that to ignore it would be to ignore massive portions of the Bible (not too mention a direct teaching from the Bible). One might argue well that thanksgiving defines the Christian life so that the apostle Paul writes: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,   More…

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Early Communion

I assume that is is because that most of our parishes have recently celebrated the rite of Confirmation that the BJS editors asked for piece dealing with Holy Communion, in particular early communion. For with Confirmation comes a whole new group of our brothers and sisters in Christ who receive with us the blessed gift of our Lord, the Lord’s Supper – a joyous occasion, indeed!. On Confirmation Day most of our newly confirmed members received for the first time the Lord’s body and blood given and shed for them for the forgiveness of sin. My question is, why’d they   More…

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Homosexual Marriage is an Insult to Homosexuals

March 30th, 2013 31 comments

The following was originally posted at Pr. Lovett’s blog. Before I begin, I will lay out some parameters for my position. I will not be arguing against homosexuality. I will not be arguing in favor of heterosexual relationships. I will not be arguing using the Bible or talking about God’s love or God’s purpose. In short, I will not here be making a religious argument as so many think of religious arguments. I will argue from reason, pure and simple. However, as optimistic as I am that reason will convince the reasonable, I am also sure that it will harden   More…

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That Nothing May Be Lost

Originally posted at Pr. Lovett’s blog, Oratio + Meditatio + Tentatio I have always found it a bit odd that after feeding the multitudes with a few loaves of bread and small fish (John 6:1-15), the Lord tells His disciples to gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost (v. 12). The disciples gathered up the fragments into twelve baskets full. But why’d Jesus care so much about the leftover bread and fish? What was He going to do with twelve baskets full of bread and fish? Surely it would have gone bad soon after that; if not   More…

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Self Examination, Discernment, and the Whole Lot of It!

December 5th, 2012 11 comments

In answer to an Ask the Pastor on our sidebar: Can we say that receiving communion in an unworthy manner (1 Cor 11:27, 29) is simply failure to discern the real presence of Christ’s body and blood (1 Cor 11:29)? If it is that alone, what is the examination of self (1 Cor. 11:28) that should precede or coincide with receiving communion? Does the saying, “let a man examine himself” mean simply to slow down, stop, and see whether I am discerning the real presence of Christ’s body and blood? The short answer to this Ask the Pastor is a   More…

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The Kingdom of Heaven, part 2

November 29th, 2012 1 comment

Part I ended with these questions: “This leaves us wondering, then, at what point does the child cease to be a child? And at this point is the kingdom that belonged to him or her as an infant and child now ripped from him or her? Is this the so-called age of reason? Additionally, what role does faith and hearing play in the lives of the unborn and infants? Difficult questions that I hope to answer or at least explore in Part 2.” I will say at the outset that if your looking for a sort of one-for-one answer in   More…

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The Kingdom of Heaven, Part 1

November 7th, 2012 No comments

This post is Part 1 of a two-part post that is a sort of follow up to my earlier post entitled, “The Necessity of Holy Baptism”. Here I will attempt to put baptism in its proper light as belonging to the age of the resurrection and the significance of that especially in regard to the kingdom of heaven, which is given to children. Part Two will deal with the relationship between hearing and faith and the role of baptism. I tried to do this all in one post, but because I think we must re-order our vantage point in light   More…

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The Beatitudes

November 1st, 2012 11 comments

Associate Editor’s Note: Originally posted on Pastor Lovett’s blog.  A great devotional thought for All Saints’ Day. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall   More…

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Q&A — The Necessity of Holy Baptism

October 26th, 2012 41 comments

Two questions have come our way concerning holy baptism. The [Book of Concord] seems to say that infants who die un-baptized may not go to heaven. (from the Epitome, in the section “Articles that Cannot be Tolerated in the Church.”; also SD XII 11) It further suggests that the fate of said infant may turn on whether his/her parents are baptized believers themselves, which strikes me as particularly unjust. Can you clarify the LCMS position on this issue for me? (Also a link to the The second questioner asked: 1. When are we to baptize, at what age…birth – 8   More…

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Q&A — What Does Jesus Know?

September 8th, 2012 7 comments

A recent “Ask a Pastor” asked the following: How are we to understand Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:36 that only the Father knows the day and the hour of the Son’s return? Is it that in His state of humiliation Jesus did not know, but now that He is exalted He does know? Or is it that even now in His state of exaltation He does not know? And if Jesus does not know, this doesn’t mean His omniscience is different from the Father’s omniscience, does it? Thank you. The reason the prospect of Jesus not knowing the day or   More…

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Men of Honor

July 23rd, 2012 4 comments

So how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? How about the resolution to make no resolutions? Have you resolved to do anything this year? Yeah, I’ve failed too. Everyone fails. That’s why self-help books are still so popular even though everyone makes fun of their trite, usually shallow advice and diagnoses. We fail and we don’t like it so we try to remedy it. But our unused exercise bikes we all try to sell (and occasionally buy) at our annual yard sale speaks volumes. As do the multiple bread makers, mixers, scrapbook material piles, unread books, and unused   More…

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“KU! KU! KU!” (or was it “K-State! K-State! K-State!”?)

My family and friends know that I am no sports nut. I like playing sports, especially baseball, but I’m not big on the whole sports atmosphere. If you tried to explain fantasy football to me it would be like me trying to explain the Hegelian theory of thesis, synthesis, antithesis, and why it has hamstrung the church to someone who doesn’t speak English. The point simply will not be made. I know what a double and triple are. I think I could list all the positions on a football field, but I’m lost when it comes to team statistics, players’   More…

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Boredom vs. Duty

Everyone gets bored. There isn’t a parent alive who has not been plagued by a bored child. Not a boring child, but a bored one. “I’m so bored!” comes the moaning cry from one who has iPods, TVs, DVRs, a car, friends, malls down the street, and so forth. And there isn’t a parent alive who wasn’t once a bored child who is now a bored adult. Surrounded by stuff to do and things to see and engage in, still we’re plagued with boredom. And the answer to boredom never seems to work. Go outside; read a book; build a   More…

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Steadfast at Home

April 30th, 2012 5 comments

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Luther’s introduction to the Chief Articles in the Small Catechism: “As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household.” As important and necessary as the weekly gathering of God’s people is around Word and Sacrament, and it is necessary, as good as Midweek and Confirmation classes might be for us all, Christian faith and life is begun, sustained, and fortified at home. Even before a child is baptized, Dad and Mom talk about their soon-to-be born baby’s baptism. Even before the little tyke was even conceived,   More…

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