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Fires in the Homeland

  You may have noticed the smoke in the air or maybe the redness of the moon at night. There's a reason for that -- it's called fires in the West. In fact, the largest fire, The Bootleg Fire is burning just north of where I grew up in Klamath Falls. It's now nearing 400,000 acres (the 3rd largest in Oregon history). Fires are becoming more and more common out west. Fires are caused by lots of different things. Lightning is a big cause of forest fires. Campfires left unattended are another, as well as downed power lines due to wind storms is another. Some are purposely started. Fires are common in history, especially in the West. The difference is that they are becoming more frequent and ever larger.  Growing up I took to heart the message of Smoky the Bear -- Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires. It's something you imbibe when you live next door to a US Forest Service Fire Control Officer whom you idolized. The message is still true, but the meaning has changed. It's

Religion and the Democatic Party

Out of Exile

More on Homosexuality in Church and Culture

The War on Christmas

What is it about homosexuality?

An Instinct to Pray

Putting the C Back into the YMCA

New Kinds of Christians

Happy Thanksgiving

Aren't Women Liberated Yet?

Richard Dawkins' Latest Venture

Bibles in Public Schools -- Can We? Should We?

Abortion -- is there a third way?

From Resentment to Power -- Christian Right politics

Vengeance is Mine?

Religion, Politics, and the IRS -- And George Regas

My Bookstore

American Idolatry

Atheist with an Attitude

The Transforming Nature of the Cross

More on Paul's Pastoral Theology

A Defense of the Working Person

Time to End the Cycle of Violence

Just Imagine -- No God, No Religion

God Isn't Dead Yet

What's the Heart of Paul's Theology?

Why Give Reverence to the Bible?

Writing as a lifestyle

More on the Color Purple

Good Bye Donald!

The Color Purple

Barak Obama and the Conservative Soul

Election Day Has Arrived

Pastor Ted's Rehabilitation

Captain America, Crusades against Evil, and the 2006 Elections

Pastor Ted and His Confession

Patriot Pastors and American Idolatry

Pastor Ted, American Politics, and Homosexuality

Stem Cell Battles

Hurray for Purple Churches