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.

“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 15 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

The Silence of Shamgar and Deborah

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

The judges in the book of Judges are individually shadows of Christ, and taken together are a more defined shadow. Othniel is a rather vague shadow of the torso; Ehud adds the shadow of a leg; Deborah, the other leg; … Continue reading

Ehud the Left-Handed

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

Other gods always look so appealing. The Israelites were drawn to the Canaanite agricultural religion, perhaps because the wars had settled down and they were now farmers, which was quite different from wandering in the wilderness and subsisting on manna. … Continue reading

The Fear of the Lord

“Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Ps. 34:11). Do you fear the Lord? “Why would I fear the Lord?” someone might say. “The Lord says that he is ‘a God merciful … Continue reading

The Vice of Forgetfulness

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

As with virtue, remembering takes effort; as with vice, forgetting comes readily. And of all the things that mankind so readily forgets, he forgets nothing so readily as the things of God. Notes 7 And the sons of Israel did … Continue reading

On the Usefulness of Pagans and Heretics

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

The pagan world is useful to the Church. Certainly, it doesn’t seem that way most of the time. We often cry out with David in Psalm 3:2, “O Yahweh, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me!” We … Continue reading