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.

How to Spell Presbyterian

            In 1517 a renegade monk named Martin Luther let loose his frustrations with the Church, at that time the ONLY church, and nailed a piece of paper that had 95 different statements that showed … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Love

A rabbi was asked if it bothered him that Christians had taken the Ten Commandments from the Jews. “I don’t mind that they took them,” he said, “I just hope they can keep them.”   We can try to understand … Continue reading

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Breaking out of our Cultural Comfort Zones

While I was visiting a parishioner in the hospital, her daughter’s pastor, a prominent African-American pastor, also made a visit. We were making small talk, the kind pastors generally make during a hospital visit, and I asked Pastor McCormick how … Continue reading

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No Room for Hate

  When I was in the seventh grade I attended a lily-white high school. We had, as far as I knew, three minorities—two Roman Catholics and a Jewish girl. The next year that same school was around 45 percent African-American. … Continue reading

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The Many Faces of Jesus

For the last few weeks the Gospel lessons have all come from the Sermon on the Mount. These three chapters embody more than almost any other passages of Scripture the teachings of Jesus Christ. And for many people these teachings … Continue reading

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All You Need to Do

What does it mean to be a good Christian? If you asked me what it takes to be a good baseball player, a good writer, or  a good musician, I could come up with an answer that most people would … Continue reading

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November 9 and the World Changed Before Our Eyes

I have spent the better part of this day wondering how to respond to the Election. (This was not just any election. This was The Election.) Here are a few take aways I have. Republicans finally put a nail in … Continue reading

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