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.

Schizochesis

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series The Book of Judges

The word “catechesis” means to “echo back.” It refers to a process of instruction in which the catechist asks questions and the catechumens recite set answers, echoing back the instruction they’ve received. When the catechumen is catechized in a catechism … Continue reading

Back to Judges…

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series The Book of Judges

When we left the Israelites, they were languishing under the hand of Midian. Israel suffered oppression from the enemy because they had forsaken the Lord and gone after other gods. Therefore the Lord had summoned the Midianites, who encamped against … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Conclusion

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon addresses the Conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, III. … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Seventh Petition

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon addresses the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Sixth Petition

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon addresses the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Fifth Petition

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon addresses the Fifth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Fourth Petition

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon addresses the Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Third Petition

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon addresses the Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Second Petition

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon addresses the Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Introduction

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon continues the theme of prayer, focusing on the importance of the “our” in the Our … Continue reading

A Year without Television, Part V: The Christian’s Spectacles

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series A Year Without Television

When the Lord made man, he made him with eyes that gaze outward from himself, that desire to see something and take it in. In short, the Lord made man to behold spectacles. As with every inclination with which we … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: Preparing for Lenten Prayer

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon introduces the theme of prayer, preached on Quinquagesima (Luke 18:31-43), and largely influenced by The … Continue reading

A Year without Television, Part IV: Restoring a Proper Sense of Wonder

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series A Year Without Television

The following is a sermon on Luke 2:22-40, preached on December 31st, 2017, the First Sunday after Christmas. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. “And his father and his mother wondered at … Continue reading

A Year without Television, Part III: The Benefits

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series A Year Without Television

Well, having taken to heart the paternal warnings of the Church Fathers, and having preached against the folly of the screen, it remained for me to see exactly what life without television would be like. I had some misgivings, not … Continue reading

A Year without Television, Part II: The Advent Sermon

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series A Year Without Television

The following is the sermon I preached on the topic of Entertainment on December 7th, 2016. If you have not read Part I of this series yet, please do so. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and … Continue reading

A Year without Television, Part I: The Church Fathers

This entry is part 1 of 5 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 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 13 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