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!


Memorial Service Homily for John Ellis Allen

Matthew 5:1-12     April 20, 2019   These verses, which John’s family chose for this service, are beloved by many.  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  The words in this passage are like a formula.  Jesus speaks the words, “Blessed are” nine times.  They are beautiful words.  However, […]


Proclamations by Lutheran Student Association Members

Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Fourth Sunday in Lent     March 31, 2019   I. Elizabeth Acors, a junior, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Biochemistry               I’ve always been a very involved person my whole life, and I blame my mom and sister.  They are so involved and its inspiring […]


Being Faithful: False Self-Denial

Luke 13:31-35     Second Sunday in Lent     March 17, 2019   Jesus is in big trouble. You can understand why he would be.  Since his first public pronouncements, nearly everything he’s said has made someone upset and angry.  Do you want some examples? Listen to the gospel passage we read in Sunday morning worship, seven […]


Prayer, and Fasting From Whatever Distracts You From God

Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21     Ash Wednesday     March 6, 2019   What distracts you from God?  Don’t be hard on yourself because you are!  Ron Rolheiser writes, “To be a human being is to be perpetually distracted.  We aren’t persons who live in habitual spiritual awareness who occasionally get distracted.  We’re persons who live […]


Receiving Faith, Living in Trusting Faith: Being Transformed Into the People God Desires Us to Be

Luke 9:28-43     Transfiguration Sunday     March 3, 2019   What a reading we have from the gospel of Luke!  These two stories include a mountain top experience, mystical revelation from God, bewilderment and terror, the struggle to understand what God is saying, the desire to keep things just the same as always even though God […]


God’s Kingdom — Rejoicing! Feasting! Abundance!

John 2:1-11     Second Sunday after Epiphany     January 20, 2019   “On the third day”: that’s how the gospel reading begins this morning.  (This is the third day after Jesus called Philip and Nathanael to follow him, but you and I know how important that phrase is, since the resurrection will happen on the third […]