About blclifton

BL "Bear" Clifton is a writer and pastor from Los Angeles.

Rest In Peace President Bush

I hadn’t intended on watching TV for most of the morning, but then saw as I was looking for a weather forecast that President George H.W. Bush’s funeral was being broadcast. Two-and-half hours later, I still don’t know how much rain is going to fall today. But my soul is enriched and my sense of [...]

By |2019-01-15T08:53:19-08:00December 5th, 2018|Arts, Culture, People, Politics|Comments Off on Rest In Peace President Bush

Remember Not The Sins Of My Youth

I'm going to go out on a dangerous limb here. As I've watched the latest episode of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings unfold, involving the 11th hour revelations of alleged sexual misconduct as a high schooler, I'm wondering if we now have stretched the #metoo movement to its breaking point. What I'm going to say, I [...]

By |2018-09-27T16:49:56-07:00September 27th, 2018|Culture, Politics, Sexuality, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Can You Be Spiritually Healthy But Mentally Unhealthy?

I heard this question asked recently in a discussion about the emotional health of clergy, precipitated by the tragic death of a well-known local preacher who took his own life. The question is tricky, because we know that a person can be spiritually healthy but physically unhealthy. If you're older, then your "outer self is [...]

By |2018-09-13T20:58:57-07:00September 13th, 2018|Christian Behavior, Culture, Life Skills|Comments Off on Can You Be Spiritually Healthy But Mentally Unhealthy?

Days Of Rage Are Back In Style – And It’s Coming To A Church Near You

In the first two days of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, more than 150 protesters have been removed from the proceedings for a variety of angry and audible outbursts. Texas senator John Cornyn described it as "mob rule". It's "unlike anything I've seen before in a confirmation hearing," he noted. That's because it is unlike [...]

By |2018-10-04T09:03:48-07:00September 6th, 2018|Culture, Politics, Religious Liberty|Comments Off on Days Of Rage Are Back In Style – And It’s Coming To A Church Near You