Reflections on My 70th Birthday

Written by Richard Bergstrom, January 10, 2020 During these long winter evenings, Leona and I have been watching the NETFLIX series "The Crown."  In Season 3 Episode 5, Princess Alice of Battenberg, the mother of Prince Philip and mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II, is visiting with her brother Louis Mountbatten, the uncle of Prince Philip [...]

By |2020-01-09T15:46:23-08:00January 9th, 2020|News|1 Comment

The Need for Transition Lenses

Since obtaining my first set of glitter glasses in the fourth grade, I have been dependent on refracted glass to help me see. It is amazing what these lenses have done to improve my life. I went from detecting green blurs to actually distinguishing individual leaves on the trees! For years, through the marvel of [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:54:18-08:00January 3rd, 2020|News, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|0 Comments

Downsizing, Right-sizing and Preparing for a Third Calling

Many of our friends and family are considering what it means to downsize, or as some call it, "right-sizing." The whole process unearths deep feelings, longings, regrets, memories, and usually, a few arguments. It isn't easy reducing the amounts of our material goods. And sometimes, it is just plain hard to let go. Some time ago [...]

By |2019-11-06T14:18:26-08:00November 6th, 2019|News|1 Comment

Go Over and Look!

It was an ordinary day. He was working; just doing his job. Consistent. Faithful. Acquiescent. He knew he could pay the bills, keep the kids fed and clothed, and be assured his wife (and her father) were satisfied. It was a good life, not what he expected, but good. And it was simple. Even though [...]

By |2019-10-09T19:41:25-07:00October 9th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Go Over and Look!

Is Long Life Really a “Gift?”

In our  book, Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?,  we propose long life is a gift from God - to be stewarded with wisdom and imagination. We discussed this concept with one of our always-very-spiritual friends. Here's what she said: I don’t really think long life is all you’ve cracked it [...]

By |2019-09-26T14:34:23-07:00September 26th, 2019|News|1 Comment

Taking a Break from Labor

Earlier this month we paused to celebrate Labor Day in the United States. The holiday was established in the 19thcentury to honor American workers and recognize the problem of long working hours with no time off. Presently, while there are no specific prescribed rituals or traditions around Labor Day, Americans typically take a break to [...]

By |2019-09-11T12:45:47-07:00September 11th, 2019|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Taking a Break from Labor

My Life After Work

NEW! My Life After Work Journal Retiring from a job or career is a significant milestone. It is filled with delight, new-found freedom, and time to do things you've waited to do. It is also a time to reflect on what's important in life. This journal provides thought-provoking questions, opportunities to reflect, write, laugh, dream, [...]

By |2019-08-01T10:48:24-07:00August 1st, 2019|News|Comments Off on My Life After Work

Third Calling Launches New Radio Broadcast

Beginning Thursday, June 22, 2019, Seattle radio station KCIS will broadcast Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life? This five-minute, 10-show series features co-authors Richard and Leona Bergstrom and is hosted by Mark Holland, KCIS Program Director. Tune in to KCIS AM630 (Seattle area) at 7:55 am every Thursday, or 1:45 [...]

By |2019-06-19T13:43:48-07:00June 19th, 2019|News, Re-Ignite the Church, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Third Calling Launches New Radio Broadcast

A Tale of Two Spires

written by Richard Bergstrom, D.Min. President, ChurchHealth Last week the world’s eyes were riveted on the Notre Dame Cathedral as flames engulfed the historic building. Thousands of onlookers gathered along the banks of the Seine River, gasping and crying in horror when the upper part of the 300-foot spire of this cultural and religious icon [...]

The Retirement Reformation: Richard Speaks Out

Re-Ignite Directors, Richard and Leona Bergstrom, recently had the opportunity to participate in a unique three-day discussion called the Retirement Reformation Roundtable. Led by founder, Bruce Bruinsma, 15 ministry leaders from around the country addressed many issues and opportunities facing Christian retirees today. You'll hear more in the weeks to come as we unveil new initiatives [...]

By |2019-04-11T15:06:53-07:00April 11th, 2019|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on The Retirement Reformation: Richard Speaks Out