Author Archives: Ben Hartley

About Ben Hartley

From 2005 to 2016 I served as Associate Professor of Christian Mission at Palmer Theological Seminary, the seminary of Eastern University in Philadelphia. From 2016 to 2020 I served with the same title at George Fox University. In 2020 I moved to Seattle, Washington where my spouse, Laura Hartley, will be serving as Provost at Seattle Pacific University. The best email with which to reach me is now hartley.benj@gmail.com

Becoming One, Becoming Holy: A Response to “Sent in Love

Holiness is an integrating and animating idea and practice too often relegated to the “ash heap” of Methodist history rather than history’s “garden” from which United Methodists may still yield abundant fruit. Continue reading

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Oregon-Idaho United Methodists Celebrating 200 Years in Mission in October

The Methodist movement is at its best when it keeps the mission of God at the forefront of its collective heart, mind, and action.  The older I get (I turn 50 this year, so I can start saying that now) … Continue reading

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Opening Up the Church so Wide…

There are now nearly 70 million people living in our world who have been forced from their homes for a whole assortment of reasons.[1] I have been thinking and writing about refugees quite a bit recently.   November 11, 2018 will … Continue reading

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On Really Getting Things Wrong

This summer I am once again in the archives researching world Christian leaders in the early part of the twentieth century: John R. Mott, T. Z. Koo, J. H. Oldham, to name a few.  A more limited project has me … Continue reading

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My hope for United Methodism

I was asked some months ago to write a blog as part of a series entitled “My hope for United Methodism.”  It first appeared on UM & Global’s site, but UM Insight picked it up as well.   “Now the Passover … Continue reading

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Friendship as Incarnational Mission Practice

I wrote this blog a few months ago originally for the American Society of Missiology, a professional society of missiologists for whom I serve as chairperson of the Board of Publications.  I might as well put it here too!   January … Continue reading

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Response to “Wonder, Love, and Praise: Sharing a Vision of the Church”

This post was originally written for the UM & Global website earlier in January of 2017.  Several other blogs responding to the draft form of this new proposed statement on United Methodist ecclesiology will be forthcoming as well on that … Continue reading

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Trials of Ecumenism

This piece is also posted on the UM & Global blog. Ecumenism is tough.  For people who have been involved in ecumenical conversations over many years this is an obvious insight.  Many Christians though have the impression that ecumenical dialogue or … Continue reading

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“They Never Resolved the Chord”: On Using Art to Teach about Mission

This blog of mine will also be posted to the UM & Global blog.   A recent experience at the movies with my musician son, Luke, provides a good – albeit humbling – example of a challenge all professors of … Continue reading

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Deacon David Pendleton Oakerhater

Two weeks ago I was in Kansas to see a friend and decided one evening to drive three hours to Watonga, Oklahoma to visit the gravesite of David Pendeleton Oakerhater (1850-1931), the first Native American (Cheyenne) person ordained a deacon … Continue reading

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