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 Word Accomplishing That Which God Purposes

Isaiah 55:10-13     Lectionary 15     Pentecost 6     July 16, 2017   During these summer Sunday mornings, I’ve been gathering with folks to explore the morning’s gospel reading.  I’ve asked them to listen, first, while I read the passage.  Then we all follow along with the text, while the passage is read again.  I ask: […]

Ordinary Time

So, howareyadoin’, one month into Ordinary Time? For you and me who are living in the liturgical world, there are two portions of Ordinary Time.  A short period comes during the season of Epiphany (between Christmas and Lent).  Now we’re in the longer portion, which comprises about half the year.  It started on June 11 […]

Where Are You Dying? Where Is God Raising You Up?

Romans 6:1b-11     Lectionary 12     Pentecost 3     June 25, 2017   Where are you dying?  Where is God raising you up? Both are true!  Where are you called to die to yourself, knowing that God will raise you up?  This paradox is especially strong in Lutheran teaching.  On this 500th anniversary of the Reformation, […]

We Are Not of This World.  We Are People of Hope, and Patience, and Openness to What God is Doing

John 17:1-19     Seventh Sunday of Easter     May 28, 2017   Are you getting ready to begin Ordinary Time?  For you and me who are living in the liturgical world, Ordinary Time comprises about half the year.  It will begin two Sundays from today (on Trinity Sunday, the Sunday after Pentecost), and it will […]

Along the Way of Jesus

John 14:1-14     Easter 5 (Worship on May 13 and 14, 2017) I. – Getting Into the Passage Have some of you heard this gospel passage?  It is not unusual for this reading from John to be chosen for a funeral, because it begins with the words: Do not let your hearts be troubled.  And Jesus […]

Christ’s Resurrected Body

John 20:19-31     Second Sunday of Easter     April 23, 2017   When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the [Jewish leaders], Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with […]

Dying to Our Sinful Selves and Rising With Christ

John 11:1-45     Fifth Sunday of Lent     April 2, 2017   For the third week in a row, we have an involved and engrossing story from the gospel of John.  There’s so much that we could get into! It’s one of the most revealing insights into Jesus’ humanity.  Do you remember how the story […]