Author Archives : Pastor Andy Ballentine

About Pastor Andy Ballentine

Pastor Andy Ballentine loves being a parish pastor! Pastor Ballentine took his BA degree from the University of Virginia (with a major in sociology) and earned the Master of Divinity degree at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He earned the Master of Sacred Theology degree at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with the thesis topic of: "How Benedictine Monastic Spirituality Nourishes Parish Ministry." He has completed the program of Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. In the Virginia Synod, Pastor Ballentine has served as Dean of the Peninsula Conference and as chaplain to the candidates in the Virginia Synod’s Candidacy process (those on the way to being approved for ordained and professional ministries in the church). He has staffed many, many Virginia Synod youth events!

The Number “40”

The season of Lent lasts for 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1 this year; and ending at the Easter Vigil, April 15 this year. (Have you ever taken out a calendar and counted the days between Ash Wednesday and the Easter Vigil?  Of course, there are more than 40 days.  Sundays are not […]

What Does It Mean to be Human, as God Created Us to Be? II – Sabbath Practice (Part 1)

In my first post of this series, I referred to our basic “tasks,” to be human as God created us to be.  They are to receive love from God and to respond by loving God and loving others.  Luther’s explanations of the 10 Commandments give a good guide to what that looks like!  (See Luther’s […]

Returning To Be the Human Beings God Has Created Us To Be

Matthew 4:1-11     First Sunday of Lent     March 5, 2017   I’m going to be very Lutheran today!  We are sinners, all of us.  That is because “we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.”[1]  At the same time, simultaneously, we are saints.  That is not because of anything we have done.  It […]

Proclamations by Three Members of the Lutheran Student Association at the College of William and Mary

Matthew 17:1-9     Transfiguration Sunday     LSA Sunday   I. Brittany Acors.  Brittany is a junior, double majoring in Biology and Religious Studies. Our readings today all have something in common: people—some ordinary, some not so much—are called up on a mountain to receive something amazing.  Moses receives the commandments, the author of 2 Peter […]

What Does It Mean To Be Human, As God Created Us To Be? I – Love

I’ve been working through Luther’s Large Catechism, in preparation for our Lenten study groups, and I’ve been surprised by how helpful this document is as a devotional resource.  It encourages my prayer and reflection.   Luther’s Small Catechism and Large Catechism both teach us how to be human, according to God desires; as God has […]

Doing Justice, Loving Kindness and Walking Humbly With Our God

Micah 6:1-8     Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Lectionary 4)     January 29, 2017   Do you know what God desires?  God desires that all of creation will flourish.  That is the consistent witness throughout the Bible. God desires that all human and animal creatures, that all fish and birds, that all vegetation will flourish in […]

Light, Good News, Healing

Matthew 4:12-23     Third Sunday after Epiphany     January 22, 2017   Good morning, citizens of the Divided States of America!  Our new president was inaugurated two days ago.  Do you feel joyous, hopeful and optimistic about our future under our new president?  Or do you believe we are in a time of great uncertainty? […]