Are we where we are?

Richard and I stood at another glass-enclosed kiosk and studied the enlarged map of the old city. We consulted and photographed such maps frequently during our 6-week/10 countries trip to Europe a few years ago. We loved the confidence and security experienced when we found the red circle indicating, “You Are HERE.”  This particular time, [...]

By |2020-06-24T15:50:25-07:00June 24th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Transforming an Old Monarch

By Leona Bergstrom, Re-Ignite  I am an old Monarch. No, I’m not the Queen of England. I’m a butterfly currently hanging out in a beautiful garden in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been fluttering around here for a couple of weeks and have seen a lot of things come and go—blossoms, people, and insects. On an ordinary [...]

By |2020-05-04T10:52:45-07:00May 4th, 2020|News|14 Comments

A Key Message

These days I am disinfecting everything that doesn’t move. I was a tad chagrined to notice that for some time, I’ve ignored one significant surface—my computer keyboard. Meticulously I took a treasured Lysol wipe to the little white keys. Two keys were particularly grubby: Escape and Control. Curious. They must be my most frequently used. [...]

By |2020-04-27T12:27:36-07:00April 27th, 2020|News|Comments Off on A Key Message

My Dog Zoom

I was ten years old living on Flathead Lake in Montana when our family purchased our first dog. He came with a pedigree and had a royal sounding name–Count Tour Zoom Saber Jet Ryder. That was a long name for a dog. We called him “Zoom.”  I can still remember calling out to him…”Here Zoom, [...]

By |2020-03-31T16:48:55-07:00March 31st, 2020|News|1 Comment

And then, they moved the line.

Until today, I considered myself an active, engaged, still-working Boomer–enthusiastically involved in ministry with my peers. That was until today when they moved the line. I am now in a separated group called “age 65 and older.” Our federal and state governments are expecting those born before the year 1956 to stay home. Get out [...]

By |2020-03-19T10:54:01-07:00March 17th, 2020|News|1 Comment

I’m Thinking About Giving Up Church for Lent

written by Richard Bergstrom, D.Min., President, ChurchHealth *Published on  March  4, 2020  - prior to  the wave of  church closures. You heard me right. I’m thinking about giving up church for Lent. Last year I attended a church that placed a high priority on all the disciplines associated with Lent Season, beginning on Ash Wednesday and [...]

By |2020-03-14T12:23:34-07:00March 4th, 2020|News, Re-Ignite the Church, Re-Ignite the World|2 Comments

Everything They Touched Had a Story

Everything they touched had a story. A necklace from the loves of their lives; a vase that belonged to a mother or aunt; a photo of past generations or families celebrating at long dining tables; dead rose petals from a funeral spray; birthday cards yellowed with age. Each item evoked a memory, resurrected a loved [...]

By |2020-01-29T16:27:56-08:00January 29th, 2020|News|1 Comment

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|11 Comments

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|Comments Off on The Need for Transition Lenses