Titles with ambiguity are invitational. They encourage us to ponder possibilities. They invite us into the pages of a book in the search for resolution.
Such is the case with Paul C. Clayton’s Called for Life. Because this is a book about ministerial retirement, we might read the title as an imperative, as though ministers are sentenced to the vocation of active ministry until they die. But that is not what Clayton intends.
What he does intend is to remind us that our life, our identity and our ministry do not end with retirement. Rather, retirement offers an opportunity to explore again the meaning of our calling. We are called to lifelong growth and contribution to our community.