About Pastor Matt Richard

Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard is the pastor at Zion Lutheran Church of Gwinner, ND. He was previously a Senior Pastor in Sidney, Montana, an Associate Pastor of Spiritual Care and Youth Ministries in Williston, North Dakota, and an Associate Pastor of Children and Youth in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He received his undergraduate degree from Minot State University, ND and his M.Div. from Lutheran Brethren Seminary, MN. His doctor of ministry thesis, from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, was on exploring the journey of American Evangelicals into Confessional Lutheran thought. Pastor Richard is married to Serenity and they have two children. He enjoys fishing, pheasant hunting, watching movies, blogging, golfing, spending time with his family and a good book with a warm latte! To check out more articles by Pastor Matt you can visit his personal blog at: www.pastormattrichard.com.

Why Heart Disease And Traumatic Head Injuries Should Be Avoided

When advocating for correct Biblical doctrine there will always be that one person who responds, “We are not saved by pure doctrine. You are a doctrinal Pharisee advocating for a salvation by works.” This refutation brings up a very valid … Continue reading

That Ain’t No Church!

During the Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church defined and recognized the visible church by structure and polity. This made sense to the average churchgoer of the sixteenth-century. If an average churchgoer was asked in the sixteenth-century, “What is the church?” … Continue reading

Just Relax, A Little Liquid Drano Won’t Hurt Anyone

I can recall hearing, as a first year seminarian, one of my professors criticize Pastor Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life. Upon hearing this critical assessment, I was deeply angered. I thought that his actions were severely inappropriate and … Continue reading

How Much Righteousness Is Needed?

Sermon Text: Matthew 5:21-37 Audio of Sermon: CLICK HERE Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. You have heard it said, that we are to read the Bible daily and to follow Jesus’ … Continue reading

Making Disciples In America And Africa

Last weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the ‘Making Disciples Conference’ in Fairview Heights, IL.  This was one of the conferences sponsored by Brothers of John the Steadfast.  At the conference both Rev. James May and I spoke … Continue reading

The Implications Of Truth

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the LCMS Wyoming Convocation titled, “Tell the Good News About Jesus.”   This convocation is an annual event for the LCMS Wyoming District.  At the convocation I presented on the implications of … Continue reading

A Steadfast Lutheran Interview With Pastor Tullian Tchividjian (Combined for easier reading)

“He must be a Lutheran; he sure sounds like one.”  These were some of the first words out of my mouth when I first read the writings of Pr. Tullian Tchividjian.  However, upon further investigation I discovered that Pr. Tchividjian … Continue reading

A Steadfast Lutheran Interview With Pastor Tullian Tchividjian (Part 2 of 2)

In part one of the Steadfast Lutheran Interview with Presbyterian Pastor, Tullian Tchividjian, I interviewed Tchividjian about his background and explored his various interactions with Confessional Lutheranism. In this second part of the Steadfast Lutheran Interview, Pr. Tchividjian discusses the … Continue reading

A Steadfast Lutheran Interview With Pastor Tullian Tchividjian (Part 1 of 2)

“He must be a Lutheran; he sure sounds like one.”  These were some of the first words out of my mouth when I first read the writings of Pr. Tullian Tchividjian.  However, upon further investigation I discovered that Pr. Tchividjian … Continue reading

Your Pastor Is Not A CEO, A Shopkeeper Catering To Ill-defined Spiritual Needs, Or A Rancher

Under the impact of modernity there are significant pressures brought to bear on the pastoral office that would make the office something other than the teaching office of the church. Alistar MacIntyre has argued that modernity has produced a world … Continue reading

What We Have Learned From The Duck Dynasty Controversy

It seems that the A&E Duck Dynasty controversy has come to a conclusion. In the aftermath of this dispute, after all the words exchanged have been reviewed, what can we learn? I believe that the public responses surrounding this recent … Continue reading

The Good News That Christmas Is For Sinners

An Advent Midweek Sermon Preached at Zion Lutheran Church, Gwinner, ND. Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Our readings for this evening are from this past Sunday’s Divine Service. As you can … Continue reading

Emphasis Does Matter

We learn about the idea of formal and material principles from F.E. Mayer’s book, The Religious Bodies of America. In this book he shares that a church’s formal principle is the authoritative source of their theology. Authoritative sources can range from … Continue reading

A Divine Call To What?

Several months ago I applied and obtained a job at Walmart. “But, Pastor Richard, I thought you were and are a pastor?” As many of you already know, I was in the colloquy process for quite some time. I applied … Continue reading

What Is A Pastor’s Wife To Do?

In a Facebook conversation the other day a person said, “Evangelicals are notorious for having impossibly high expectations for the pastor’s wife. Does the same happen in Lutheran circles? Is there a cure for this?” Indeed, there can be some … Continue reading

Understanding The Distinction Between The Two Kingdoms; An Art Of The Church’s Confession

By: Rev. Joshua Reimche It all started in the Garden, or rather, it began most immediately on the east steps of Eden. Husband and wife feared, loved and trusted the Tempter above all things, and so they sinned, failing God … Continue reading

Your Quintessential Knowledge Source: God’s Word

Genesis 3:1-9 is the most tragic section in the whole Bible. It talks about the fall of Adam and Eve. In the text, Eve, who could be called the first enthusiast, departs from the quintessential knowledge source, God’s Word, and … Continue reading

A Colloquy Update For Steadfast Supporters

Several months ago a fundraiser was conducted by Steadfast Lutherans to raise money for my colloquy transition.  I was humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of all the Steadfast readers to raise a substantial amount of money for my transition. … Continue reading

Keswick Theology: The Exhaustion Of Trying To Yield More, Surrender More, And Let Go-Let God

Have you heard of the Keswick Movement? No? I bet you have. You can tell that Keswick theology has impacted you and others when you hear a Christian ‘testimony’ like this: I was saved when I was nine years old, … Continue reading

A Great Tool To Help You Understand the Formation Of Lutheran Synods In America!

I attended the same Lutheran congregation for 20 years (CLBA), until I went off to college .  In college I began attending a small Association Free Lutheran Church.  Several years later I found myself serving a small country church for my … Continue reading

Why Words Are Powerful And Why They Matter

We have all heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Is this phrase true, that words are powerless? I am sorry but this phrase is not true. In fact, I believe … Continue reading

Letters From The “Becoming Lutheran Research Participants” To Lutheran Pastors And Journeying Evangelicals

As many of you know, I have been working on a Major Applied Research Project over the last two years examining the journey of American Evangelicals into Confessional Lutheran thought. After examining over 700 surveys, I decided to construct two letters … Continue reading

Is There Forgiveness of Sins In Baptism? Taking A Closer Look At Acts 2:38

“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for … Continue reading

Why Evangelicals Struggle With Infant Baptism; The Platonic Connection

In a previous article about infant baptism on Steadfast Lutherans, I covered one of the main reasons why Evangelicals struggle with infant baptism. In my previous article I assert that the reason for the struggle over infant baptism is due to it … Continue reading

Liturgy, Neither Alone Nor Neutral

“The liturgy, as a true service, is that which aids both the proclamation of and the hearing of the Gospel for the sake of faith, this is true worship.”[1] The liturgy of the Church builds a framework for the worshiper … Continue reading