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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

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

The Dust and the Sparkle

It’s relatively easy for me to picture the celebration surrounding Jesus’ birth. From live nativities to Christmas card sketches, there are plenty of models to prompt one’s imagination. We know it was a bit chaotic with dirty shepherds swarming into the birthing room, angels swirling above singing their hearts out, and a cacophony of animal [...]

By | 2016-11-26T16:36:36+00:00 November 26th, 2016|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on The Dust and the Sparkle

On This, We Agree

The arena is said to hold 18,000 and, from the looks of the lines, this crowd was going to pack it. As we stood along with others waiting for the doors to open, one thing was clear–these people were energized and focused. You could tell by the animated conversations and the messages emblazoned on their [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:53+00:00 November 15th, 2016|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|2 Comments

FREE: Third Calling, Kindle Version

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR AUGUST TWENTY-THIRD! Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life? by Richard and Leona Bergstrom, will be available FREE in Kindle Version on August 23rd (beginning at midnight PDT). Click here to order. Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life? is a powerful book about finding purpose, [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:53+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on FREE: Third Calling, Kindle Version

Could It Be Another “Summer of Love?”

I am posting this article today, June 20, 2016 at exactly 3:34 PM Pacific Standard Time. What’s the reason for such precision? It is the exact moment when summer signals its arrival in North America–which, hopefully, includes Seattle where we live. This observation is particularly notable because as the sun takes its sweet time setting, [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:54+00:00 June 20th, 2016|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Could It Be Another “Summer of Love?”

Re-Igniting Passion and Purpose in Midlife

“What reason could God possibly have for sending a 60+ year-old woman to another country for fourteen days?” Paula, a newly retired teacher, repeatedly asked this question while traveling with us and several other boomers on a short-term mission trip to Nicaragua. Soon she would have her answer. One of our last stops was a [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:55+00:00 April 1st, 2016|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|3 Comments

Feeling the Mountains Tremble

“When did you first begin following Jesus?” I asked the woman seated next to me. It seemed a good conversation starter as we waited for the meal to be served and the program begin. Her answer should not have surprised me, but it did. The event was a typical church gathering for seniors, complete with [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:55+00:00 March 30th, 2016|News, Re-Ignite the Church, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Feeling the Mountains Tremble

Searching for the Spirit of Christmas

It’s the time of year when I set out to find the spirit of Christmas. Over the years I relentlessly dragged our family to countless Christmas performances. Some were marketed as multi-media, fast moving, and rocking and jiving. One claimed to be a hip-hop Christmas! We’ve watched spotlighted dancers, rocking drummer boys, video productions, light [...]

By | 2016-03-24T11:30:00+00:00 December 1st, 2015|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Searching for the Spirit of Christmas

DONE with Church

CHURCH REFUGEES - the book. "The DONES" - a phenomenon. The Problem There are lots of folks going out the back door of the church. They’ve worked tirelessly and contributed sacrificially. Yet, in order to preserve their faith and spiritual vitality, they are intentionally and deliberately leaving the institutional church. In so doing, they’ve become refugees [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:56+00:00 July 1st, 2015|News, Re-Ignite the Church, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on DONE with Church