Professor Hartley finds the recently revised United Methodist statement on the church’s nature is also a kind of “holiness manifesto,” set forth at a time when there is again a great “need of a compelling articulation of the message of holiness.”
A sermon about South Africa’s apartheid era moves the Rev. Dr. Benjamin L. Hartley to pray that God breaks open hearts so that the world rushes in.
An early 20th century evangelists’ letter to a Soviet dictator proves an instructive example of how anyone can get events and their implications really wrong, writes Dr. Benjamin L. Hartley.
“Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem… They looked for Jesus and said to one another as they were in the temple area, ‘What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?'” – John 11:55-57
Dr. Benjamin L. Hartley thinks it’s a mistake for the UMC’s Faith and Order Committee to base its new document, “Wonder, Love and Praise,” about the nature of the Church, on a theological statement from the World Council of Churches.
Ben Hartley of UM & Global finds that the quest for Christian unity takes on a very different cast when viewed from perspectives other than American.
Using artwork by Christian artists from outside the West has helped Dr. Benjamin Hartley replace negative “images of mission” in his students’ minds to encourage them to craft positive theologies of mission.
As the nation looks toward reducing its incarceration rate – the largest in the world – Dr. Benjamin L. Hartley examines The United Methodist Church’s history with those imprisoned.