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.

Israel’s Musical Inheritance

“Hosanna!” the crowd cries out on Palm Sunday. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” The people had sung these words before. They’re right out of Psalm 118:25-26. “Hosanna” is a transliteration of two Hebrew words … Continue reading

Cleansing from Death: A Brief Study of Hebrews 9 and Numbers 19

Hebrews 9:13-14 is an example of arguing from lesser to greater: For if the blood of goats and calves, and ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have become unclean, sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more … Continue reading

Catechetical Questions in the Torah by Pastor Andrew Richard

I recently read an excellent article by Pastor Ryan Loeslie entitled, “Say It!” Says the Little Girl.  In it he noted the childlike nature of Luther’s catechism question: “Was ist das?” meaning, “What is it?” or “What is that?”  Luther’s … Continue reading

Word Study for The Third Sunday in Lent: HAZAQ by Pastor Andrew Richard

One of the options for the Old Testament reading on Oculi is Exodus 8:16-24 (which is 8:12-20 in Hebrew).  Exodus 8:19 has a recurring phrase in the account of the Exodus: “But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened.”  Who hardened Pharaoh’s heart, … Continue reading

Word Study for Reminiscere: Pleonekteo

A note on the Epistle for Reminiscere, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-7, particularly verses 3-7. Paul introduces these few verses with the phrase “For this is the will of God, your holiness, that you abstain from sexual immorality” (v. 3). In the … Continue reading

The Challenges of Planting a Church

Editor’s Note: Below is the State of the Congregation Address that Pastor Andrew Richard recently gave to his congregation. It is magnificent as it addresses the actual struggles of the congregation – applying the truth and comfort of God’s Word … Continue reading