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 and a boy.

Holy Thursday: The Will and Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, declared his last will and testament and disposed of his estate. Many rich men have … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Eighth through Tenth Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church on 1 Kings 21:1-29. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Every one of the Ten Commandments protects a gift that God has given, as we’ve been … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Sixth and Seventh Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church on 2 Samuel 11:1-27. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Sixth and Seventh Commandments protect gifts of God. The Sixth Commandment protects the gift of … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Fourth and Fifth Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church on 2 Samuel 15:1-14. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Fourth Commandment concerns God’s authority on earth. Through father and mother God rules households. Through … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Second and Third Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church in North Liberty, IA on 1 Kings 18:20-40. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Second and Third Commandments flow from the First. In the First … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 9. Good Works

Invitation happens most naturally in the realm of vocation, that is, in one’s stations in life. One need not expend great amounts of money, take great pains, have great knowledge, or put oneself under great pressure in order to extend … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 8. Invitation

We now move out one more ring, from the congregation, from the families of the congregation, from the straying members of the congregation, to those who (at first glance) have nothing to do with the congregation. This is chapter eight … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 7. Straying

Outreach happens most simply through families when a husband and wife have children and bring them to church. I’ll be clear that families do not exist for the sake of outreach, as if families are only good because they’re useful. … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 6. Catechesis

So young men and young women are getting married to faithful Lutherans and having children. Excellent! Now comes the lifelong duty of parents: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the education and instruction … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 5. Procreation

So, we’ve talked about why the Church need not fear for her survival. We’ve started the discussion of outreach with the importance of doctrinal faithfulness, the appropriateness of beauty, and the essence of congregational hospitality. Our discussion of outreach now … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 4. Hospitality

A congregation that believes, teaches, and confesses sound doctrine is a place of divine outreach. When people are brought to that place, God himself is the one at work. There is a certain extent to which, once people are in … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 3. Beauty

No congregation can claim to be Christian without faithfulness to the Word of God, because it is the pure Word of God that makes us Christians. God’s Word is the one thing needful, both for our preservation in the faith … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 2. Faithfulness

Steadfast Lutherans will soon be publishing a book titled “Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach.” The book will be available as a free PDF and in print for the cost of printing at Lulu.com. The chapters of the book … Continue reading

The Battle Belongs to the Lord, not to the Statistics

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

We rightly call ourselves the Church Militant. As long as we live in this world we fight against the devil, world, and sinful nature. So what, right now, does the Church need in order to succeed against these enemies? There’s … Continue reading