About Pastor Randy Asburry

Pr. Randy Asburry serves as Senior Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO. In addition to earning his MA in Classics (Greek and Latin) from Washington University, St. Louis (1992), he also earned his STM in Systematic Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1998), writing on Luther’s view of faith in the Catechisms. He has written for Good News magazine and Concordia Publishing House, served on subcommittees for Lutheran Service Book, and has been a regular guest on Issues, Etc. He serves as regular fill-in host for KFUO's "Thy Strong Word" Bible study program, and now produces the podcast called Sacred Meditations.

Sacred Meditations: Learning to Pray via Podcast

Our Lord Jesus taught us to pray, that is, actually to engage in praying (see Matthew 6:7-13; 7:7-8; Luke 11:1-13). Jesus reminded us of the importance of prayer when He quoted Isaiah 56:7—“my house shall be called a house of … Continue reading

The Lord’s Laborer for the Lord’s Harvest (Ordination Sermon)

The following is a sermon delivered on 25 October 2015 at the ordination service of James Thomas, a son of Hope Ev. Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO, and now ordained and installed as Associate Pastor at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, … Continue reading

“Physician of the Soul” (Homily for St. Luke, Evangelist)

Pastor and author Eugene Peterson wrote, “The pastors of America have metamorphosed into a company of shopkeepers, and the shops they keep are churches. They are preoccupied with shopkeeper’s concerns—how to keep the customers happy, how to lure customers away … Continue reading

“When God Visits” (Homily for Trinity 16)

Text: Luke 7:11-17 Listen here. We are entangled in death. The cords of death wrap around us like poison-filled tentacles. Death makes headlines. One professor shoots another professor and then takes his own life. People die in wildfires and flash … Continue reading

Same-Sex Behaviors and Desires: God Speaks to Both

Matters of same-sex behaviors and desires have become commonplace in our sexually super-charged and pleasure-obsessed culture. Pop-culture doles out regular helpings of such behaviors and desires in both dramatic and comedic settings, and the U.S. Supreme Court will soon issue … Continue reading

Extending Our “Smack Down Reach”

Steadfast Throwdown – “the very best theological podcast that is produced by the Brothers of John the Steadfast” (Yeah, so what if we’re the only one!) – is extending its “smack down reach.” Steadfast Throwdown began in March 2014 with … Continue reading

“Speaking of Life” – Homily for the Resurrection of Our Lord

“Speaking of Life” Mark 16:1-8   Other Holy Week sermons from Pastor Asburry: Palm/Passion Sunday Good Friday Maundy Thursday P: Christ is risen! C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Friday left us in the darkness of death, the valley of … Continue reading

“What Great Love!” – Homily for Good Friday

“What Great Love!” John 18-19 When we began the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, we prayed: “Almighty and everlasting God, You hate nothing You have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new … Continue reading

“Washed and Fed to Love” – Homily for Holy (Maundy) Thursday

“Washed and Fed to Love” John 13:1-15, 34-35 A new commandment I give to you, Jesus said, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (Jn. 13:34). That’s were we … Continue reading

“Ride On…to Die!” – Homily for Palm/Passion Sunday

“Ride On…to Die!” Philippians 2:5-11 & Matthew 27:11-54 St. Paul sums it up well. Jesus “made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:7). You see, the “likeness of men” comes … Continue reading

Steadfast Throwdown – Sympathy for the Devil

The Rolling Stones sang their song “Sympathy for the Devil,” and evangelical Christians responded with uproar. But is there anything we can learn from the song (or from John Lennon’s quip about the Beatles being more famous than Jesus Christ)? … Continue reading

Even a Presbyterian “Smacks Down” the Likes of “Five-Two”

Once upon a time, in a time long, long ago, all the way back in 1987, Eugene Peterson, now retired Presbyterian pastor and professor, “smacks down” the likes of the “Five-Two” crowd, even before they were a glimmer in the … Continue reading

One of These Things Just Doesn’t Belong

Okay, who remembers that Sesame Street song—“One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn’t belong”? That’s what comes to mind when I read the purpose statement of “FiveTwo.” According to their website, “FiveTwo,” … Continue reading

Catechism Series, part 11

In this latest installment of our “Steadfast Throwdown” Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson, we continue discussing the Sacrament of the Altar. Pr. Abrahamson shows us how Jesus’ new covenant meal fulfills the old covenant, and we smack down the … Continue reading

How Do You View the Church?

In the Nicene Creed we confess that we believe in “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” What is that one Church? Our Augsburg Confession says, “The Church is the congregation of saints in which the Gospel is purely taught and … Continue reading

Catechism Series, part 10

Pr. Joe Abrahamson continues his series on Luther’s Small Catechism on “Steadfast Throwdown.” This time we discuss the Sacrament of the Altar. What is the Sacrament? What does it deliver? Who receives this sacrament worthily? What should Christians do when … Continue reading

Celebrating in the Face of Death, part 2

This week on “Steadfast Throwdown,” we continue discussing Pr. Randy Asburry’s presentation on pastoral care at the time of death. Here we delve into how pastors care for their dying members by means of “The Commendation of the Dying.” Listen … Continue reading

Celebrating in the Face of Death, part 1

“Steadfast Throwdown” co-host Pr. Randy Asburry plays guest as we discuss pastoral care at the time of death. Since every human being ends up in the grave, just how do we deal with death? Christians have a very unique way … Continue reading

“Steadfast Throwdown” NOW available on iTunes!

It’s official! Steadfast Throwdown is now available as a podcast on iTunes. Listen on-demand. Check it out and subscribe to the Steadfast Throwdown podcast. … Continue reading

Time to Catch Up!

With summer in full swing and plenty of time on your hands, it’s time to catch up on “Steadfast Throwdown,” the radio and podcast arm of Brothers of John the Steadfast. In “Round 15”: Mr. Nathan Redman gives “No Apologies” … Continue reading

Study the Catechism with “Steadfast Throwdown”

Martin Luther’s Small Catechism has been called “the layman’s Bible,” chiefly because it teaches the truths of Holy Scripture in plain and simple terms. Join us on “Steadfast Throwdown” as Pr. Joe Abrahamson walks us through “the layman’s Bible” in … Continue reading

New on Steadfast Throwdown

Check out steadfastthrowdown.org for our latest “round” (episode). “Round 13” features Seminarian Jonathan McCall discussing his new ventures in “pastoral formation” and Pr. Joe Abrahamson continuing his series on the Catechism, this time looking at the Law of God, natural … Continue reading

Jesus Picks a Fight (Homily for Lent 5 – Judica)

Jesus sure knows how to pick a fight! Of course, He does so without sin, because He “knew no sin” (2 Cor. 5:21); His every thought, word, deed, and motivation were “without sin.” (Heb. 4:15). But pick a fight, He … Continue reading

“Real Refreshment” – Homily for Lent 4 – Laetare

Today is about refreshment, real refreshment, from the Lord of life Himself. For three weeks in Lent we’ve been hearing about the heat of battle. First, it was the battle against temptation. Next, it was the battle of faith. Last … Continue reading

“Steadfast Throwdown” Hits the Airwaves

After three months in the making, the weekly program “Steadfast Throwdown” is now hitting the airwaves on KNGN, AM 1360, broadcasting from McCook, Nebraska, and on Pirate Christian Radio. Co-hosts Pr. Eric Andersen and Pr. Randy Asburry seek to confess … Continue reading