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UMC Deacons at 25: Rethinking Deacons’ Education

This post first appeared on the UM & Global blog. Deacon Benjamin L. Hartley Benjamin L. Hartley is a member of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.  In the fall of 2021, he will begin serving as Associate Professor of Mission and … Continue reading

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UMC Deacons at 25: Claim the name “Deacon!”

This post first appeared on the UM & Global blog. Deacon Benjamin L. Hartley is a member of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.  In the fall of 2021, he will begin serving as Associate Professor of Mission and World Christianity at … Continue reading

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UMC Deacons at 25: Picking up on an Old Conversation

By Benjamin L. Hartley and Paul E. Van Buren This post originally appeared on UM & Global in May of 2021 Paul E. Van Buren is a retired deacon residing in the Nashville, Tennessee area. Benjamin L. Hartley is a … Continue reading

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Ridge Beauty

A different sort of blog post here written a couple years ago while visiting my home in Eitzen, Minnesota and our family farm a few miles south in Iowa. A few patches of April snow dotted the Minnesota prairie that … Continue reading

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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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