Christ and the Church Marriage Devotion (Free) – A Book Release and Review

I have been married for over 15 years and a pastor now for over 5 years. In my vocations, as a husband and as a pastor, I have read a lot of books on marriage over the years.  I can … Continue reading

Praying Intentionally

We have both the command from God to pray, and the promise that He will hear us. Sometimes it is easy to pray. Words come easily and we know what to say. Sometimes, prayer is more difficult. We struggle with … Continue reading

Is “Church” important?

This is from day 1 of the YouVersion app Bible Plan called, “I Love My Church,” available for your phone or tablet. In addition to the below being a good topic for discussion here, we at BJS encourage reading of … Continue reading

Saturday Morning Vocation

Saturday morning the alarm clock went off. Translation: It was a healthy bit after 8:00 and the kids were fighting about who was in who’s space while they watched TV. I wasn’t amused. Our three-year-old came in to inform us … Continue reading

Free Devotions, Courtesy of Around the Word

Around the Word Journal produces weekly devotions for family and individuals, which are emailed every Wednesday. Signing up is free. The devotions include: • A Psalm • Verse • Prayer • Hymn of the Week • Daily Readings • A … Continue reading

Do you have a daily devotional plan? (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Do you have a daily devotional plan? If you don’t, let me suggest what I am doing this year. It’s pretty simple. Basically, I’m reading one chapter of the New Testament every weekday (M-F), two psalms every Saturday, and one … 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

Be Fruitful and Multiply: Second Thoughts on Birth Control

In writing something about birth control, I enter into a battlefield in disarray. There are personal issues hidden beneath many’s opinions on the matter, and there is often guilt, real or imagined, in the consciences of many Christians as they … 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

Great Stuff — Daily Prayer and Catechesis in the Christian Home

Daily Prayer is something every Christian knows he or she should do. And most want to and even try from time to time. But it’s hard to form the habit. In this video Pastors Mark Lovett (Concordia Lutheran Church, Hoisington, … 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