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 topic: 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 is Dean of the Peninsula Conference. He has served 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!


Receiving the Word of God. Being the Word of God.

  Jeremiah 1:4-10; Luke 4:[14-19]20-30    Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany     January 31, 2016               What hostility both Jeremiah and Jesus encounter! Did you notice God’s promise of fidelity and protection to Jeremiah, as well as God’s warning that the people will give him a hard time?  “Do not be afraid of […]


What Child Is This?

John 1:1-18     Second Sunday of Christmas     January 3, 2016               As a new year begins, do you take stock?  Do you remember the joys and the sorrows of the year past?  Do you give thanks to God for the blessings of 2015?  (Blessings come out of times of suffering, you know, as […]


Noticing God’s Kairos in our Chronos

A universal practice of the faith, practiced across the Christian traditions, is to pray the Lord’s Prayer.  As often as you pray it (perhaps daily!), you are praying for the end of chronological time: “Your kingdom come”; the time that is coming, when God will bring history to its conclusion and fulfillment; when there will […]


How Does Your Relationship With Technology Affect Your Relationship With God?

After I write these words, I’m going to post them online to encourage you to spend less time online. How’s that for irony? I have been thinking about this since reading an article by Janine Latus in the University of Virginia alumni magazine, a summary of UVA Commerce Professor David Mick’s work. “You click on […]


Campus Ministry: From Advent to Christmas

The college students I work with have all left down for “winter break.”  The College of William and Mary has two weeks of exams, and the College Room in our church building comes to look something like the encampment at Valley Forge during those weeks – as students are studying, writing papers, working on projects, […]