Author Archives: tmrichmond3

About tmrichmond3

I am the pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Medford, Oregon. I believe that faith should be able to sustain us, not oppress us.

Dear Pastor III

Dear Pastor, As much as I appreciated the Monopoly comparison, it fell a bit short for me. First, slavery was only for 200 years in the United States, not four hundred as you seemed to imply. Second, we have moved … Continue reading

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Dear Pastor II

Another is the series of fictitious emails between me and an imaginary parishioner.   Dear Pastor, I have to say your last email challenged me a little. I never thought of Jesus as having a different love for different people. To … Continue reading

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Dear Pastor

This is a series of fictitious emails between an imaginary parishioner and myself. This is the first in the series.    Dear Pastor, This is a hard email to write, because I respect you, and I think your ministry here … Continue reading

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Before we get into today’s post, I want you to watch this video:   This space intentionally blank. This space intentionally blank. This space intentionally blank. This space intentionally blank. This space intentionally blank. This space intentionally blank. This space … Continue reading

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Eight Minutes and Forty-Six Seconds

Eight minutes and forty-six seconds is a long time. In grand scheme of things, it is not that long. But eight minutes and forty-six seconds is a long time if you are kneeling silently in prayer in the hot sun. … Continue reading

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What You Can Do

Have you been watching the events of this week, wondering what you can do? Here is one small, but important way you can make a difference. I saw this in an email from the journal Image. They ran a piece … Continue reading

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A Tidal Wave of Hope

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BLM

When I first saw the signs, I was a little puzzled. BLM. Why were people carrying Bureau of Land Management signs at a protest rally? Then I had the “doh” moment. Being from Alaska, I saw the initials BLM a … Continue reading

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Time to Stop Watching

  I have been thinking a lot of Tou Thao lately. He was one of the four cops involved in George Floyd’s arrest. He did not have a knee on his neck, or on his back like the three other … Continue reading

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Where is God in Minneapolis?

 One night, around 1 am, my doorbell rang. Even in the Alaskan summer, when it is still light at that time, and people tend to stay up late hours, that was unusual. I opened the door and found my son … Continue reading

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