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Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

SELF-INDULGENCE & THE APOCALYPSE

The book of Genesis reports that human beings have been created in the Imago Dei, the image of God: we are NOT God, these bodies are obviously perishable and not immortal. Yet, attributes like reason and the capacity to know and show grace through love have a root in our Creator. Also present is our capacity for…See More
Feb 19
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

CALL AND RESPONSE

As I took my walk this morning I noticed a bird calling from a nearby tree and the distant response from another; so striking that I had to stop and check whether there was indeed an echo. There wasn’t. Taking a moment to listen longer, fascination for the speech patterning reminded me of the complexity of life from the mind…See More
Feb 12
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

ACCEPTING THE MANTLE

A close friend related to me how at his ordination his dad, a retired pastor, participated in the service by taking off his robe and placing it around his son’s shoulders: in effect passing the mantle, the responsibility of priestly office to the next generation.For any of us the same has been afforded us essentially in our…See More
Feb 5
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

COURTESY

Maybe it’s the times, I don’t know. I was raised to consider other people’s needs and not be stuck on myself.  Then again, I am a preacher’s kid.Yesterday on the way back from visiting shut-ins I came across this lady’s Subaru Outback stalled out at a stop sign. A guy had parked behind her to provide some protection while…See More
Jan 29
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

BEYOND AND WITHIN ALL

Who is this inclusive God that never freaks-out and leaves us out in the cold when we cruelly exclude people and seek to break the good creation?This is the God of the cosmos Whose confidence in the soul of our being, infused within as our clay in the womb knit into place, hopes for Grace…See More
Jan 13
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

REMAINING ANGRY IS UNACCEPTABLE

I wound up behind a car with the bumper sticker, as a take-off from the INTEL-INSIDE motif, B—TCH-INSIDE. I’d been behind “her” before and it conjured up for me wonder at just what kind of abuses she has encountered AND agitated; how God can be so sorely missing inside of…See More
Jan 6
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

CONNECTION

If we can’t get connection for our devices at the café we’re upset.If we can’t connect to a gas pump for our vehicles we’re stuck.If we can’t connect with family and friends we’re lonely.The ultimate connection is “on” eternally for us and only requires our willingness to boot-up:               Communication flows…See More
Dec 18, 2014
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

BETHLEHEM'S MANGER - CRADLE OF HUMANITY

Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth as the pivotal point in the cycle of humanity; the place where the Creator took on the form of the created in humbleness and grace.Bethlehem of Judea’s manger held the vulnerable form of the Divine that would be exposed first-hand to the best and worst of humanity.The thing is, in spite of…See More
Dec 10, 2014
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

IMPATIENCE

Do you remember the impatience of your youth; like Christmas mornings when we just knew a lot of great stuff was under the tree waiting to be torn into? Or, how about our impatience for school breaks to begin so we could sleep a bit later and shed the homework for a bit? But, as we age most urgencies tend to calm down, except…See More
Dec 4, 2014
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

MORE

Everyone wants more. More this, more that; respect, hope, food, clothing, money: perhaps more want the last over anything else.In Jesus’ day there wasn’t a lot of “more”, not always even “enough.” What the Roman tax men didn’t take away King Herod’s would and that didn’t leave much.Jesus…See More
Nov 13, 2014
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

DESPITE THE HAZE

We’ve all had those days when it seems like everything is hazy and you can’t think straight.I have allergy challenges so in the spring (and other times) my sinuses can be working OVERTIME like my head’s in a vice and regular thinking and maneuvering get sluggish, hazy.Well, think about what it would be like to be…See More
Oct 30, 2014
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

SPECTATOR OR PARTICIPANT

How willing are we to get involved?In Romans 3:26 Saint Paul speaks of God’s hope that we have the faithfulness of Jesus, living as 2nd-nature people of God; being immersed in grace-infused activity NO MATTER WHAT (since that is God’s and Jesus’ M.O.)! Also, that we trust in hope knowing that the Divine is always with us; because…See More
Oct 23, 2014
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a discussion

ONGOING REFORM-ATION

October 26th Worship @ Zion Lutheran – WorcesterTexts:  Jeremiah 31:31-34,  PSALM 46,  Romans 3:19-28,  John 8:31-36If we are constantly running, buying into the status-quo, we will burn-out. But there is a better way; God offers us renewal, constantly.Through the Word, and the Eucharist, we are strengthened for life,…See More
Oct 23, 2014
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

IDOLS OR NOT

Popular singers and songwriters, those who perform on stage, are many times idolized by fans; these days merchandise with their labeling can be found stuck to automotive bumpers, strewn across lids of laptops and worn as active-wear all over the place.In ancient times carved images of supposed deities of nature (the…See More
Oct 9, 2014
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

LOOKING UP OR DOWN

Do you like sheep? At the local dairy stand they are a big hit with kids, but most only know them as cute critters they get to pat when out for ice cream. How many people today have much of an insight into the ways and habits of sheep?Shepherds weren’t merely an “option” for an occupation in ancient times, but a necessity for…See More
Oct 2, 2014
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

EXPECTATION

Tonight I meet with the brand new confirmation group: the last batch affirmed their faith in June. Now I know that the entire half-dozen youth are not necessarily excited about putting in more time in the evenings twice a month due to whatever their various schools expect of them during the day. But, I know at least…See More
Sep 25, 2014
 

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SELF-INDULGENCE & THE APOCALYPSE

The book of Genesis reports that human beings have been created in the Imago Dei, the image of God: we are NOT God, these bodies are obviously perishable and not immortal. Yet, attributes like reason and the capacity to know and show grace through love have a root in our Creator. Also…

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Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on February 19, 2015 at 10:17pm

CALL AND RESPONSE

As I took my walk this morning I noticed a bird calling from a nearby tree and the distant response from another; so striking that I had to stop and check whether there was indeed an echo. There wasn’t. Taking a moment to listen longer, fascination for the speech patterning reminded me of the complexity of life…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on February 12, 2015 at 3:46pm

ACCEPTING THE MANTLE

A close friend related to me how at his ordination his dad, a retired pastor, participated in the service by taking off his robe and placing it around his son’s shoulders: in effect passing the mantle, the responsibility of priestly office to the next generation.

For any of us the same has been afforded…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on February 5, 2015 at 4:06pm

COURTESY

Maybe it’s the times, I don’t know. I was raised to consider other people’s needs and not be stuck on myself.  Then again, I am a preacher’s kid.

Yesterday on the way back from visiting shut-ins I came across this lady’s Subaru Outback stalled out at a stop sign. A guy had parked behind her to provide…

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Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on January 29, 2015 at 5:42pm

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ONGOING REFORM-ATION

October 26th Worship…Continue

Started by Rev. Andrew H. Borden Oct 23, 2014.

Humbleness

The tensions in our world include the possibility of hostage taking. Recently journalists were released who were simply trying to objectively provide reporting on conditions that needed a wider world…Continue

Tags: patience, ELCA, love, grace

Started by Rev. Andrew H. Borden Jun 9, 2011.

The meltdown...

So, when I got to church early this morning I noticed a strange odor coming from the chapel area and my office (on the other side of the wall). I checked out both areas and nothing really seemed…Continue

Tags: faith, ELCA, Spirit, Holy, trust

Started by Rev. Andrew H. Borden Jun 1, 2011.

Reality check

Lady GAGA is really popular now, as evidenced by the turn out @ Rockefeller Center on The Today Show this morning.Jesus was as popular, or more, in his day, drawing huge crowds, preaching, teaching,…Continue

Started by Rev. Andrew H. Borden Jul 9, 2010.

 
 
 

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