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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
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
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
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

FAITHLESSNESS IS LIKE A SICKNESS

One of those pesky head-type colds took ahold of me later in the day this past Sunday. At first it was like “Maybe this is an allergy?” and then it was clear “No, this is hitting the sinus and throat and...” You know the type.With all of the commitments we generally have these annoyances don’t’ shut-down our living of life, but…See More
Sep 18
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

HELD

This was the theme for our Synod’s Youth Gathering in New England the past weekend. So, I still have a lot rattling around in my head on the topic from the great teaching, preaching and bible studies that took place.While at the event, affectionately known as Hammo (short for the state park named Hammonasset), I received two…See More
Sep 11
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

OVERLY BUSY

I recently attended the city’s interfaith monthly meeting. Under discussion for a couple of months has been the concern for plugging in lay people from our organizations to the challenges in our neighborhoods: to discern ministry opportunities and engage to help.As I listened a thought kept coming to mind that a colleague…See More
Sep 4
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

TRANSCENDANCE OF FAITH

Pastors hear it said by many other pastors, and it is so true: “The people witness to me of the faith!”It has been a banner couple of weeks in this way simply through our shut-ins. The experience noted in this writing comes from meeting with another octogenarian and one who deals with Alzheimer’s.Before the…See More
Aug 27
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

THE FOLDING CHAIR

One gal I visit has one of those old wooden folding chairs that I set up to sit on when I stop by. You know the type? Decades ago they were the staple of every church, synagogue and civic center needing on-demand seating. I have fond memories of events I attended at my dad’s parishes where these chairs were set out;…See More
Aug 20
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

THE SON ALWAYS SHINES

On the last sunny day before a storm system moved in I officiated at the memorial service of a late octogenarian member. However, the burial was scheduled to take place the next day because of the cemetery’s tactics for charging extra fees in opening/closing of graves after 2:30PM.The next day had been forecast to…See More
Aug 13
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

NUMB

The news from the eastern Mediterranean is increasingly disturbing. All of the back and forth with rockets and other deadly harassing force between Israel’s military and radicalized Palestinians goes against the core of humanity: justice and mercy. And I worry for colleagues and their families whose…See More
Jul 31
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

WATCHFULNESS

In my journeys today I visited a parishioner in a memory unit. I have been to many of these care locations around central MA, however this particular one stands out in my mind.You see, staff is ALWAYS on duty at the crossways, watching and observing the unit and controlling the access point in real-time. They see everything…See More
Jul 24
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

LOL

Are you up on the idioms and verbal contractions used to speed dialogue in our fast-paced world? Laughing-out-loud, or LOL, is popular and I do chuckle frequently when people use it in emails, or even speak it aloud.Laughing is good for us, various doctors have told us so whether in magazine articles or interviews on…See More
Jul 17
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

WISDOM

Most kids don’t have much if any wisdom; cultivated, measured action, speech and living based upon prior experience and accepted insight from other people, and God.They’re too busy trying to figure out life on their own; constantly in motion, making mistakes, making them again, trying new ways, finding what feels good and…See More
Jul 10
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

SERVING

Many women and men are putting their lives on the line; serving this country to protect liberties and uphold the moral code. I have a lot of respect for their commitment.My paternal grandfather was a career services man; 3rd mate on an Army transport torpedoed off of France in World War I, reserve Naval…See More
Jul 3
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

CENTERING

One family is disconnected from the community and could use support, but don’t respond and deflect contact. Down the street a neighbor parish was broken into and some damage done. Around the corner a pan-handler regularly looks for hand-outs, what is his true need? The PA amp is acting up and now a mike has stopped…See More
Jun 26
Rev. Andrew H. Borden posted a blog post

FRIENDSHIP AND FAITH

I had a wonderful lunch today with my ecumenical colleagues in Greendale. While we certainly talk about ministry, we also inquire, rejoice or console, and support each other from a personal perspective. Time flew by today so that we ran over our typical time-frame and had to run out to other responsibilities! However,…See More
Jun 19
 

Blog Posts

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…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on October 9, 2014 at 3:35pm

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…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on October 2, 2014 at 3:14pm

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…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on September 25, 2014 at 2:55pm

FAITHLESSNESS IS LIKE A SICKNESS

One of those pesky head-type colds took ahold of me later in the day this past Sunday. At first it was like “Maybe this is an allergy?” and then it was clear “No, this is hitting the sinus and throat and...” You know the type.

With all of the commitments we generally have these annoyances don’t’ shut-down our…

Continue

Posted by Rev. Andrew H. Borden on September 18, 2014 at 3:06pm

Forum

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.

Relevance and grace

One argument that is used against the church today is relevance: that it doesn't have anything to do with life. How many times do we feel like life is crashing in on us? How many times are we upset…Continue

Started by Rev. Andrew H. Borden Jul 1, 2010.

 
 
 

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