About 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 Justifier and the Justified

Lutherans get all worked up when you mention the “chief article”. It had better be justification or else you’re in danger of hell-fire. And if you grew up in the Lutheran church, or have listened to three or more Lutheran … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Homosexual Marriage is an Insult to Homosexuals

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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

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)? … Continue reading

The Kingdom of Heaven, part 2

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 … Continue reading

The Kingdom of Heaven, Part 1

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 … Continue reading

The Beatitudes

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 … Continue reading

Q&A — The Necessity of Holy Baptism

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.”; … Continue reading

Q&A — What Does Jesus Know?

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 … Continue reading

Men of Honor

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 … Continue reading

“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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Steadfast at Home

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 … Continue reading