Author Archives : Pastor Andy Ballentine

About Pastor Andy Ballentine

Pastor Any 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 (thesis topics: how Benedictine monastic spirituality nourishes parish ministry). Most recently, he completed the program of Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. In the Virginia Synod, Pastor Ballentine is Dean of the Peninsula Conference. He is also 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.

Loving What God Commands

Mark 7:1-8. 14-15, 21-23; Psalm 119 Time After Pentecost     Lectionary 22     September 30, 2015   With my whole heart I seek you;             do not let me stray from your commandments.   I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.   Blessed are you, O LORD; […]

Gun Violence, Public Health, Pleasing God   Recently updated !

Well, we’re doing it again.  We’re expressing horror over yet another previously-unimaginable result of so much mental illness and so many guns in our society — this time the on-air TV murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward on the shores of Smith Mountain Lake, in Virginia. At one time, I thought something could be […]

Daily Prayer

One practice of the faith is daily prayer. Our Evangelical Lutheran Worship has liturgies that you can use four times a day: in the morning upon waking, at noon, in the evening, and just before sleep. I came across a wonderful witness to daily prayer, written by Ebony Walden, who has been a resident at […]

How Is the Spirit Forming Your Faith?

I’ve been thinking of that question in my own life. God the Holy Spirit has been forming my faith through experiences in community – when I’ve been among other followers of Jesus who have been mentors, teachers. My first mentors were my parents. From before I was even aware, my parents simply took me to […]

What Is The Work God Wants You To Do?

 Amos 7:7-15     Time After Pentecost – Lectionary 15    July 12, 2015   Amos is plaintive in his protest!  Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, is confronting Amos because Amos’ prophecies are upsetting the comfortable status quo.  Amaziah is saying that Amos needs to go away from there, to upset people in some other […]

Belief and Unbelief, Repentance and Rejection

Time After Pentecost – Lectionary 14 Mark 6:1-13 July 5, 2015 It’s always interesting to read what’s actually in the Bible. In this morning’s stories from the gospel of Mark, do you notice what’s going on? These are stories of rejection! Nearly everyone rejects Jesus in his hometown, and Jesus has to prepare his missionaries […]

Working, Waiting, Trusting, Watching

 Time After Pentecost – Lectionary 11     Mark 4:26-34     June 14, 2015 I might have become a monk – if it hadn’t been for that darn vow of celibacy,.  I find that my day-to-day spiritual practice is Benedictine.  St. Benedict lived in the 6th century and all monasteries live according to his Rule for […]