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The Destructive Power of Comparison

How does it feel to stand next to the prettiest girl at the prom? My poise deflated like a punctured Mylar balloon. The question may sound like an old high school memory, but no, it was asked a few days ago while I was standing at our Third Calling book table. As participants of a [...]

By | 2017-11-06T13:29:49+00:00 November 6th, 2017|News, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|0 Comments

I Don’t Know

It was his last day on the job. Standing at center stage, mic in hand, Pastor Ryan attempted to answer his congregation's obvious question–what was he doing next? His answer was simple and transparent: I don't know. Pastor Ryan, leaving a staff position he held for seventeen years, is loved and appreciated. He is going out [...]

By | 2017-10-24T08:31:21+00:00 October 24th, 2017|News|0 Comments

The Story of the Prodigal’s Father

Author's note: Last week we had the opportunity to see the recently released movie, The Heart of Man.  The film's tagline: "Our brokenness is a bridge, not a barrier," summarizes the story of a father's relentless pursuit of his wayward son. Both the prodigal's story and the message of the film are about grace–grace dispensed in [...]

By | 2017-09-20T14:20:37+00:00 September 20th, 2017|News|Comments Off on The Story of the Prodigal’s Father

Finding Your Voice with a Frog in Your Throat

After 27 years as the voice of Kermit the Frog, Steve Whitmire is out of a job. Following Jim Henson’s unexpected death in 1990, Kermit was recast with Whitmire as his voice. In many ways, he became Kermit. For Henson, the voice of Kermit wasn’t just a role for which to audition; it was an [...]

By | 2017-07-26T19:18:48+00:00 July 26th, 2017|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Finding Your Voice with a Frog in Your Throat

Get in the Car?

I wanted to tell them to get in the car. It was time to go. But, they just stood there, waving me farewell with smug grins on their faces. My adult kids don't come home with me anymore–especially after a 40th birthday party. In fact, they have to get into their own kid-safe, kid-equipped SUVs and [...]

By | 2017-07-17T15:24:43+00:00 July 17th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Get in the Car?

Awakening a Dream

written by Dr. Richard Bergstrom President, ChurchHealth/Re-Ignite In our book, Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?, the chapter entitled “Awakening Your Dreams” ends with Leona’s wistful, yet earnest, question:  Ah, dreams, they can come true. Now, can we talk about my house on the beach? (pg. 45) Little did we [...]

By | 2017-06-26T09:32:25+00:00 June 26th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Awakening a Dream

The Wise Accusers

This morning I sat in my new quiet reading corner contemplating two thoughts slamming simultaneously into my mind and spirit. The messages came from different sources, yet they have coalesced throughout the day to remind me of a profound and important truth: I am wiser in the second half of my life. The first message [...]

By | 2017-06-13T10:23:21+00:00 June 13th, 2017|News, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|2 Comments

When God Stirs Your Nest

In writing and sharing our book, Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?, we meet numerous people who are feeling restless or are anticipating change. We know this time of life is filled with opportunities to explore new adventures and follow renewed calling. It is an extraordinary season, even though it [...]

By | 2017-06-05T16:19:34+00:00 June 5th, 2017|News|Comments Off on When God Stirs Your Nest

Guest Post: Never Retiring from God’s Work

By Lari Kennedy Northshore Community Church, Kirkland, WA My husband, Erik, and I are working professionals and empty nesters. We’re the youngest of the baby-boomer generation, which means we’re not necessarily young, but neither are we old. Our kids are known as Millennials and we’re excited to be new grandparents. Besides everything else that we are, [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:53+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|News, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Guest Post: Never Retiring from God’s Work

A Sad and Uncertain Saturday

written by Leona Bergstrom, Director, Re-Ignite Easter weekend is when Christians memorialize the death of Christ and celebrate his resurrection. Saturday is a particularly perplexing day. Sandwiched between a dark and solemn Good Friday service and the glorious dawn of Easter morning, Saturday is when communities hold lively egg hunts; offer photo ops with the [...]

By | 2017-04-15T08:40:02+00:00 April 15th, 2017|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on A Sad and Uncertain Saturday