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The Time is Now

Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?  is a message to every person in our generation. We, the authors, are Boomers. Born in the 1950's, we belong to a great generation recognized for its size, strength and attitude. Historically known for being counter-cultural, we have challenged society's expectations for how we act, [...]

By | 2018-02-26T13:24:06+00:00 February 26th, 2018|News|Comments Off on The Time is Now

Purposeful Perseverance

Like millions of others around the globe, we are spending most of February glued to the television watching the 2018 Winter Olympics. The games are exhilarating, inspiring, nerve-wracking, frustrating, and sometimes heartbreaking. The athletes who win the coveted medals share something in common with leading-edge Boomers: A quest to succeed in fulfilling their calling. It is [...]

By | 2018-02-21T09:37:55+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Purposeful Perseverance

Take a Break!

I turned in my notice today. I’m retiring! Tonight’s discussion could not have come at a more perfect and necessary time. We gathered around the fireplace in our friends’ cozy living room to lead a Third Calling Conversation.* Nancy introduced herself and shared the news–she was leaving a 40-year career as an Intensive Care nurse. [...]

By | 2018-01-24T12:02:59+00:00 January 24th, 2018|News|2 Comments

Lessons from Desert Christmas Lights

I love Christmas lights. I always have. As a reward for my spectacular performance as a singing bell in the Sunday School Christmas program (or equally prestigious Christmas character), my parents would take us to see the incredible Christmas lights in downtown Denver. My favorite was the Civic Center where colorful spotlights illuminated a variety [...]

By | 2017-12-01T17:08:58+00:00 December 1st, 2017|News|Comments Off on Lessons from Desert Christmas Lights

A Large Amount of Gratitude

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. (From Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne)  I’m envious of Piglet. Even though small, his penchant for giving thanks fills his little heart and life. Since I have six grandchildren, I read a lot of Winnie [...]

By | 2017-11-20T09:59:59+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on A Large Amount of Gratitude

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|Comments Off on The Destructive Power of Comparison

The Harvest and Grandma

Autumn is the wonderful season of the year when the world vibrates with the Creator’s colorful artistry. I love it. I love the challenges presented by the fall season as children head back to school and ministries start new programs. The air is electric with anticipation and hope. The autumn also is the time for [...]

By | 2017-10-26T10:58:28+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|1 Comment

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|Comments Off on I Don’t Know

The Day I Won The Lottery

The day was December 1, 1969. I was a 19-year-old sophomore transfer student at Westmont College in Montecito, California. I lived along with other classmates in Emerson Hall, a stone estate off campus that was used for student housing. I gathered around the television with other men that evening to watch this historic event–the outcome [...]

By | 2017-09-24T17:01:21+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Third Calling|1 Comment

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