October 31, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
Congratulations to HST Theology professor Dr. Mark E. Powell on the publication of his new book, Centered in God: The Trinity and Christian Spirituality (available here through the HST Amazon store). This book introduces Christianity’s most central belief, the doctrine of the Trinity, by exploring how the Trinity shapes key aspects of Christian faith and spirituality.
In the early church the Trinitarian vision of God was foundational for Christian identity, unity, and spirituality. For many Christians today, however, the Trinity is viewed as unreasonable and impractical. What exactly is the doctrine of the Trinity, and why is it so central to Christian faith and life?
From the book’s cover:
We have an abundant supply of books on the Trinity that only professional theologians can understand. Mark Powell’s Centered in God is quite different: a book on the Trinity—“the Christian vision of God,” as he rightly puts it—that an ordinary Christian can easily understand and profit from. Powell’s special achievement is to show clearly how the Trinitarian vision of God can shape the whole Christian life and everyone’s journey of faith. Scripturally rich, theologically accurate, and spiritually perceptive, this book is a tremendous resource not only for pastors, teachers, and students, but for all Christians who want to deepen their relationship with God.
Bruce D. Marshall
Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
Centered in God is an accessible introduction to the Trinitarian vision of God and its implications for the Christian life. It not only presents the doctrine of the Trinity as formulated by the early church, but also leads readers to know and worship the Trinity, and live in light of the Christian understanding of God. Further, it proposes that recovering the central place of the Trinity could lead to theological and spiritual renewal in the church today.
More than an introduction to the Trinity, Centered in God is a primer on Christian faith and spirituality that will deepen your walk with God.
Dr. Powell is Associate Professor of Theology at HST and also preaches at Cordova Community Church of Christ. He has taught at HST since 2002. His previous book, Papal Infallibility: A Protestant Evaluation of an Ecumenical Issue, is the only book-length study on the subject from a non-Catholic scholar in the past century.
October 27, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
Dr. Evertt Huffard, dean of Harding School of Theology, today announced his decision to resign from the position effective June 30, 2015, according to a statement by Dr. Jim Martin, vice president for HST. Huffard will continue to teach at the school on a part-time basis.
President Bruce McLarty of Harding University announced that Dr. Allen Black, professor of New Testament at HST, will become the new dean of the school beginning July 1.
Huffard served as dean since 1999. He joined the faculty in 1987. Black has been a member of the faculty since 1983.
“I appreciate so much the leadership Dr. Huffard has provided for the school during his 15-year tenure as dean,” McLarty said. “He has been a phenomenal leader for HST and is loved and respected by faculty and students alike.
“Dr. Black becomes the seventh dean of our graduate theology program. Because of his academic background and his long association with the school, he was an obvious choice for the dean’s position,” McLarty said. “I am confident he will continue to provide the strong leadership that is so characteristic of the deans who have preceded him.”
Huffard, a 1971 Harding University alumnus, holds the Bachelor of Arts degree and received both the Master of Arts and the Master of Theology degrees from the School of Theology. He received the Ph.D. in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1985.
He has held ministry positions with several Memphis churches including the Park Avenue Church of Christ, the Quince Road Church of Christ, and the Church of Christ at White Station.
Black holds degrees from Freed-Hardeman University, Harding University, the School of Theology and Emory University where he received the Ph.D. in 1985.
For approximately 30 years he has served as part-time minister of adult education at the Highland Church of Christ in Memphis.
Among Black’s writings are two commentaries in the College Press NIV New Testament series — one on the Gospel of Mark and one on 1 Peter.
Harding School of Theology is an outgrowth of graduate studies in religion that began on Harding University’s Searcy, Arkansas campus in 1952. An extension program offering courses in Memphis was begun in 1955. In 1958, the University’s board of trustees officially expanded the Memphis program into a branch campus of the school.
October 22, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
The 2014 West Lectures delivered by Randy Harris are now available to listen online or download.
Knowing God: St. John of the Cross Meets Dallas Willard
Postmodern Christian Mysticism???
October 14, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
Randy Harris, HST alum and instructor at Abilene Christian University, will be the featured speaker at the 2014 W.B. West Lectures. The lectures are Sunday evening October 19 in the auditorium of the W. B. West, Jr. Center at Harding School of Theology.
The West Lectures are an annual event focused on each year’s theme. The 2014-2015 HST theme is “A Life of Prayer”, which makes Harris a natural fit for the program. His lessons are:
- 7:00 Knowing God: St. John of the Cross Meets Dallas Willard
- 8:00 Postmodern Christian Mysticism???
Harris will share dialogue with HST students on Monday, then speak at our 11:00 chapel assembly.
All events are free. The Sunday lectures and Monday chapel are open to the public.
September 2, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
Inside The Bridge, Summer – 2014:
- Meet the class of 2014
- Hear from students: “Why do you take summer intensives?”
- Read an excerpt from Dr. Powell’s latest book
All of this and more in the Summer 2014 Bridge.
Don’t forget to go Across the Bridge for images and information going beyond the print version.
Read other issues of The Bridge.
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September 2, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
The Bridge, Summer 2014 offers articles and information about the life and ministry of Harding School of Theology. Here are some images and information that did not fit in the print version.
Campus for Christ is an organization of campus ministries associated with churches of Christ.
Did you know that HST offers an M. A. in New Testament Backgrounds and Archaeology? Oster comments:
“On the ground with the early church, whether we read of Jesus’ inflammatory service at Nazareth or Paul’s time at Corinth or John’s prophetic ministry in Roman Asia, context and artifacts breathe fresh life into sacred texts.”
This year the library staff hosted the annual meeting of the Christian College Librarians. It was the first time in the 30-year history of the group that we were able to host. This group is a collection of librarians who either affiliate themselves with Churches of Christ or work for institutions with that affiliation.
Thursday’s activities primarily took place at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, just across Cherry Road. The guests were impressed with the beauty of that place, especially during the spring. On Friday we met in our library’s newly renovated Reference Room. It was the first time we were able to take advantage of having shelving on wheels, which could be moved to the other side of the room.
Like many professional gatherings, this meeting mixed sessions of professional development with casual opportunities to spend time with each other. But that didn’t mean that we forgot we were in Memphis for a few days. What does a CCL conference in Memphis look like? It means you could find librarians listening to a presentation about rare books while eating Gus’s World Famous fried chicken. Or maybe it means walking through the Civil Rights Museum with people who share a common vocation. For some, it even included a trip to Sun Studios and Graceland. Regardless, the whole experience brought together three things that have historically been at the core of HST: a commitment to libraries, a recognition of our heritage within Churches of Christ, and our gratitude for being located in Memphis, Tennessee.
Bob Turner, Circulation Librarian
Why do you take summer intensive courses?
As someone who works full time in a secular career, I had to use a week of ‘vacation’ to take the Systematic Theology course. My peers do a lot more fun activities in a vacation week, but I will benefit eternally from that week of fellowship with godly men and women. I am renewed in my faith and excited about learning; Dr. Powell presented the material in a way that whetted my appetite for more. Thank you to all who make this experience possible.
Ed Carr, Certificate in Spiritual Leadership student
Intensive weeks refresh my focus on ministry and the biblical text, and they renew my own spiritual life. Classes are filled with students and a teacher who love the Lord, are serious about improving their ministry, and are willing to think critically about a certain area of theology. These qualities make the class discussions and other interactions very valuable in shaping my mind and heart. Despite the sacrifices one makes for intensive courses, I find the community transformational in my life and ministry.
Adam Noles, MDiv student
This summer I attended my final two intensive courses. These are always just as described, intense, but the benefits are always worth the effort. For me these times have become almost like church camp for a preacher. Being in full time ministry, these intensive courses provide an opportunity to (hopefully) leave all the daily responsibilities behind and immerse myself in one focused area. Discussion in class, lunches together and study groups provide an excellent opportunity to fellowship with other students, ministers and instructors. Such an intense blessing!
Lance Love, MDiv student
Intensive courses at HST bless my life and ministry. They allow me to enjoy a classroom experience even though I live far from campus. The teachers at HST combine scholarship and ministry experience as they make these classes relevant and challenging. Intensives are great because you get to meet students and make friends from all over the country who are engaged in different ministry contexts. Chapel is one of the highlights of the week as you engage in worship together and are reminded of all that God is doing in the world. Intensive courses are definitely worth the time and effort for students.
Ethan Bilbrey, MDiv student
The one-week intensives have been the highlight of my HST experience. As a distance learning student from the frontiers of Montana, I always look forward to this week of being immersed in a single course. I love the opportunity to be focused solely on one thing for an entire week, removed from all the distractions and duties of daily life. I love being on campus where I am inspired by the learning environment to be open to knowledge and scholarship. I love having access to the vast theological library as well as the professors. And I love getting to know the other students and hearing their stories of ministry back home. There is no other experience like it.
Randy Hohf, MACM student
Posted in Across the Bridge
August 26, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
Dr. Allen Black spoke to our assembled students, faculty, staff, families, and guests for convocation for the 2014-2015. Our theme for the year is “A Life of Prayer”, and Dr. Black’s lesson was “Devoted to Prayer: The Life of Prayer in Luke-Acts”.
Dr. Huffard’s Introduction:
Dr. Black’s Presentation:
Steven Gaines’ Comments:
Posted in Media
August 7, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
Dr. Allen Black is the speaker for convocation, which will be August 25th at 7:00 in the auditorium. Convocation is the official gathering to begin the academic year at HST®. Convocation focuses on the annual theme, which for 2014-2015 is “A Life of Prayer”. Dr. Black’s presentation is “Devoted to Prayer: The Life of Prayer in Luke-Acts”. This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Black (Ph.D., Emory University) is professor of New Testament at HST and has been on faculty for 30 years. He teaches the Gospels, Peter’s epistles, and Hebrews, as well as Greek language courses and Advanced New Testament Exegesis. His recent areas of research include family issues in the New Testament such as marriage and divorce and same sex attraction.
Dr. Black loves to spend time with his wife, daughters, and grandchildren, and to play racquetball.
July 29, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
Kok Bin Ong and Guadalupe Mayo on campus this fall
Kok Bin Ong and his wife Esther are the 2014 recipients of the Hogan-Cate Asian Missions grant. They come from the Church of Christ in Seremban, Malaysia where he has preached since 1988. They come with a wealth of ministry experience and are highly respected as great servants of God. They have three grown children. This sabbatical will give him an opportunity to “recharge his batteries” in a context where he can enjoy fellowship, have access to a great library, audit several classes and do some writing.
Guadalupe Mayo is the recipient of the 2014 Latin American Missions grant. He has a degree in Industrial Psychology and is a 2006 graduate of Baxter Institute in Honduras. He has been the director of the education program at the Kennedy Church of Christ in Tegucigalpa since 2005 and Director of Practical Ministry and Student Life at Baxter Institute since 2007. Lenin Munguia, a recent graduate of HST, says “he works tirelessly on behalf of the cause of Christ.” He is here to see what it would take to start a counseling program to address the spiritual and emotional needs of brothers and sisters in his community; to gain new perspectives for his ministry; and be an advocate for Latin American missions. His wife, Patti, is in the last year of medical school, and could not join him. They have a 2-year old son, Isai.
July 23, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
HST is offering two valuable church audit courses for Fall 2014. Church audit courses are one way that HST serves local churches. This program blesses congregations which support the school with at least $1200/year ($100/month). Members of these congregations may audit select courses each semester for $25 per course. That’s right – members of these supporting churches can attend the same graduate courses as credit students and learn from world class professors for next to nothing!
An auditor takes a course, but does not receive credit. Some auditors will read all of the assigned texts and even take the exams, others will simply come to the class meetings to hear the lectures.
Monday, 6-8:45 pm, August 18 – December 8.
This course provides an introduction to historical, biblical, and cultural aspects of worldwide evangelism, with the purposes of both preparing individuals for service as missionaries and assisting sending churches in their tasks. This includes a survey of principles, methods and practical aspects of developing and maintaining a missions ministry in a local church. Recommended especially for missions committee members.
Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:45, August 19 – December 9.
This course involves students in the exegesis of the English text of the Gospel of John, with emphasis on major theological themes of John’s account of Jesus’ ministry and death.
How do I participate?
To help your congregation join this program, contact the Advancement Office at HSTadvancement@hst.edu or by calling 901-761-1355.
Click here to register for a course.