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!


Christ is Born Into Our Violent World

Matthew 2:13-23    First Sunday After Christmas    January 1, 2017   According to the Gregorian calendar, today is the first day of a new year.  Of course, according to the liturgical calendar, we’ve  already wished each other “Happy New Year!”  (When was that?  That’s right: the First Sunday of Advent!) Today is a big day […]


God Is in Charge — Which in the Bible, Often Means That Things Do Not Go Well in the Short Run

  Luke 21:5-19    Lectionary 33 in Ordinary Time; 26th Sunday after Pentecost     November 13, 2016   Before the election, I put a tongue-in-cheek political post on facebook.  (Tongue-in-cheek humor is always a dangerous thing.  The danger is that people will take it seriously!)  I posted that we really had to decide which […]


It’s The Day After The Day After

On this day after the day after the election, I am thinking about the candidates in human terms. I am thinking about how subdued Donald Trump has been over the past two days.  (I wonder if that’s because he’s thinking “Holy ****!  NOW what do I do?”  According to interviews, even many of those who […]


On the Morning After the Election of Donald Trump

We Americans  — Republicans as well as Democrats — are waking up to the stunning news that we have elected Donald Trump to be our next president.  What does this mean for our future?  Financial market futures have plunged because financial markets tremble in the face of uncertainty.  World leaders are bracing for the possibility […]


Unsolicited Advice from a Departing Pastor (Not a St. Stephen Pastor!)

Frank Honeycutt is a friend of mine, a pastor and author.  Frank is retiring and his final newsletter column to his congregation is below.  It deserves wide circulation with its wise comments on the basics of our faith journey as follower of Jesus! — Pastor Andy Ballentine   Unsolicited Advice from a Departing Pastor…by Pastor […]