The Church’s Response to Retirement – Dr. Robert Kolb and Dr. Dale Meyer

Tangible: Theology Learned and Lived explores the ways in which theology permeates all aspects of life. Through conversations with the faculty of Concordia Seminary, we will challenge you to deepen your theology and live out your faith in Christ. Jessica Bordeleau talks with a variety of guests on a variety of topics. There is something different in every episode, but all point to the intersection of faith and daily life. It’s tangible: theology learned and lived.

In this episode, Dr. Dale Meyer and Dr. Robert Kolb discuss the difficulties and surprises of retirement in the 21st century. “The church didn’t prepare me for it,” said Dr. Meyer “I didn’t know what to expect, and it’s been very difficult for me and my wife. It’s been a very hard transition.”

The topic of retirement is growing more and more relevant. According to The Alliance for Lifetime Income, 4.1 million Americans will turn 65 between 2024 and 2027. That marks the largest number of retirement-age Americans in history.

“Erik Erikson, the psychologist who talked about eight stages of life, said that the last stage of life starts at 65,” said Dr. Robert Kolb. “Today there’s a ninth stage of life (added by Joan Erikson) and the eighth stage is now a stage of further activities of one kind or another between 65 and 80. . . The church needs to be there in ways that we haven’t really thought about.”

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