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!

Naming God — Who, Indeed, Is Not Far From Each One of Us   Recently updated !

Acts 17:22-31     Sixth Sunday of Easter     May 21, 2017   We read one of my all-time favorite Bible stories this morning!  It’s from the Acts of the Apostles.  Did you know that Acts was written by the same author as the gospel of Luke?  In “Part I” – the gospel of Luke – […]

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 […]

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 […]