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.

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

Schizochesis

This entry is part 13 of 15 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 15 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