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 Grace of Forgiveness. The Demand of Forgiveness. The Transformation of Our Hearts.

Matthew 18:21-35     Lectionary 24     Pentecost 15     September 17, 2017   You and I are saints.  We begin with this. God has made us saints because Jesus the Christ rose from the dead to “[redeem] us from death and the devil, and [to give] eternal salvation to all who believe it.[1]  You and I […]

Making The First Move Towards Reconciliation

Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20     Lectionary 23     Pentecost 14     September 10, 2017   “God is love.”[1]  Who here agrees with that? “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.’…‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”[2]  Who here agrees that “on these […]

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 […]