About Pastor Andrew Richard

Pastor Andrew Richard received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in 2012, and serves St. Silas Lutheran Church, a mission congregation of Iowa District East. Pastor Richard enjoys studying the biblical languages, and language in general. He is also an avid proponent of classical education. Pastor Richard is married and has three girls.

A Year without Television, Part I: The Church Fathers

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series A Year Without Television

It all started back in Advent 2016 as I was preparing for the midweek services. Our congregation was going to spend the three Wednesday nights in Advent on the theme “Life with an Eye on the End.” We would consider … Continue reading

Advent 3 Midweek “For unto Us a Son Is Given” : The Blessing of Zechariah

The following sermon corresponds to Advent 3 Midweek according to the Advent service plan “For unto us a Son is Given.” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The altar of incense stood … Continue reading

Advent 2 Midweek “For unto us a Son is Given” : The Answer of Samuel

The following sermon corresponds to Advent 2 Midweek according to the Advent service plan “For unto us a Son is Given.” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The devil loved barrenness. In … Continue reading

On the Proper Use of Reason

There was a certain commander of an army who led his troops well. He would command the soldiers, “You go here, you do this, you take this with you, you bring this back, you say this to that person,” and … Continue reading

Advent 1 Midweek “For unto us a Son is Given” : The Laughter of Isaac

The following sermon corresponds to Advent 1 Midweek according to the Advent service plan “For unto us a Son is Given.” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. “Long ago, your fathers lived … Continue reading

Grain, Wine, Oil, and Reproaches

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Grain, wine, and oil were the food staples of Israel, along with the animals. When the people stopped listening to the Word of the Lord, these – the grain, wine, oil, and livestock – became scarce. This was in fulfillment … Continue reading

Optative Semi-Universalism

Many Christians unfortunately believe a certain strange doctrine at the deathbeds of their loved ones. Perhaps this doctrine already has a name, though if it does I’m not aware of it. I shall call it Optative Semi-Universalism (OSU for short). … Continue reading

Blessed Be Jael

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Previously, we heard how Jabin king of Hazor had arisen, as if from the dead. A certain Jabin king of Hazor had suffered defeat about 180 years ago at the hands of Joshua, and now a man by the same … Continue reading

The Silence of Shamgar and Deborah

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

The judges in the book of Judges are individually shadows of Christ, and taken together are a more defined shadow. Othniel is a rather vague shadow of the torso; Ehud adds the shadow of a leg; Deborah, the other leg; … Continue reading

Ehud the Left-Handed

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Other gods always look so appealing. The Israelites were drawn to the Canaanite agricultural religion, perhaps because the wars had settled down and they were now farmers, which was quite different from wandering in the wilderness and subsisting on manna. … Continue reading

The Fear of the Lord

“Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Ps. 34:11). Do you fear the Lord? “Why would I fear the Lord?” someone might say. “The Lord says that he is ‘a God merciful … Continue reading

The Vice of Forgetfulness

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

As with virtue, remembering takes effort; as with vice, forgetting comes readily. And of all the things that mankind so readily forgets, he forgets nothing so readily as the things of God. Notes 7 And the sons of Israel did … Continue reading

On the Usefulness of Pagans and Heretics

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

The pagan world is useful to the Church. Certainly, it doesn’t seem that way most of the time. We often cry out with David in Psalm 3:2, “O Yahweh, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me!” We … Continue reading

The Means of Wrath

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

There are two cups: the Cup of Salvation (Ps. 116:13) and the Cup of Wrath (Is. 51:17). And if you will not drink from the first, you will drink from the second. The Cup of Salvation brims with wine of … Continue reading


This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

What would happen if an entire generation failed to recount the mighty works of God to their children? What if these children could recite humorous lines from their favorite cartoon characters, or the lyrics to every hit in the Top … Continue reading

Judges 1:21-2:5, The Victors Capitulate

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

And he brought them to the territory of his holiness, The mountain that his right hand had acquired. And he drove out the nations before their faces, And he apportioned to them an inheritance with the measuring line, And he … Continue reading

Judges 1:1-20, Grizzled Grasshopper Stamps Out Giants

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Judah – O you! – your brothers shall give thanks to you. Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies. The sons of your father shall bow down to you. Judah is the cub of a lion; From … Continue reading

Introduction to Judges: Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods

This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

This post introduces a commentary on the Old Testament book of Judges; I will put it up in weekly installments here at Steadfast Lutherans. But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked – you became fat, you became thick, you became engorged … Continue reading

David and Goliath as the Culmination of Lent

David and Goliath. Christ and the Devil. This ancient battle takes on new meaning in light of the salvation that Jesus accomplished during this most holy of weeks. I offer here a translation of 1 Samuel 17, some notes on … Continue reading

Israel’s Musical Inheritance

“Hosanna!” the crowd cries out on Palm Sunday. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” The people had sung these words before. They’re right out of Psalm 118:25-26. “Hosanna” is a transliteration of two Hebrew words … Continue reading

Cleansing from Death: A Brief Study of Hebrews 9 and Numbers 19

Hebrews 9:13-14 is an example of arguing from lesser to greater: For if the blood of goats and calves, and ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have become unclean, sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more … Continue reading

Catechetical Questions in the Torah by Pastor Andrew Richard

I recently read an excellent article by Pastor Ryan Loeslie entitled, “Say It!” Says the Little Girl.  In it he noted the childlike nature of Luther’s catechism question: “Was ist das?” meaning, “What is it?” or “What is that?”  Luther’s … Continue reading

Word Study for The Third Sunday in Lent: HAZAQ by Pastor Andrew Richard

One of the options for the Old Testament reading on Oculi is Exodus 8:16-24 (which is 8:12-20 in Hebrew).  Exodus 8:19 has a recurring phrase in the account of the Exodus: “But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened.”  Who hardened Pharaoh’s heart, … Continue reading

Word Study for Reminiscere: Pleonekteo

A note on the Epistle for Reminiscere, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7, particularly verses 3-7. Paul introduces these few verses with the phrase “For this is the will of God, your holiness, that you abstain from sexual immorality” (v. 3). In the … Continue reading

The Challenges of Planting a Church

Editor’s Note: Below is the State of the Congregation Address that Pastor Andrew Richard recently gave to his congregation. It is magnificent as it addresses the actual struggles of the congregation – applying the truth and comfort of God’s Word … Continue reading