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The Bridge – Fall 2014

December 4, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

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Inside The Bridge, Fall 2014:

  • Read about the Library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • Meet students inlcuding the Student Association officers and a Lewis Scholar
  • Join us as we focus this year on “A Life of Prayer
Celebrating 50 Years of the L. M. Graves Memorial Library

Celebrating 50 Years of the L. M. Graves Memorial Library

All of this and more in the Fall 2014 Bridge.

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Across the Bridge – Fall 2014

December 4, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

The Bridge, Fall 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.

Dig Deeper

These are the types of artifacts that students study in the new M.A. concentration, New Testament Backgrounds and Archaeology. Thanks to Dr. Oster for these images.

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Library 50th Anniversary Celebration

View a sampling of the “Building a History: 50 Years of Collecting at the Graves Memorial Library” display from the dinner.

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HST Student Justin Sims
HST Student Jiwoo Ryu
The restoration history archives at the library were renamed in honor of Don and Evelyn Meredith's years of service in the library.
Jane Tomlinson served as the dean's secretary for over 50 years.
Dr. Ileene Huffard and Dr. Jack Lewis
HST Dean Dr. Evertt W. Huffard
Guests view the exhibits from the library collection
The celebration was held at Memphis University School
HST Librarian Bob Turner served as host


Meet the Student Association Officers
Eric Suddeath, Femi Osibin, Frank Bolling, Anthony Gleghorn, Steven Gaines, Clint Boyd

Eric Suddeath, Femi Osibin, Frank Bolling, Anthony Gleghorn, Steven Gaines, Clint Boyd

The SA serves our student body in many ways and is a tremendous blessing to the school as a whole. Visit the SA Webpage to learn more about these servant leaders.


Full texts of articles excerpted in The Bridge

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Josiah, Andrew, and Lydia Taylor

Here is the full text of Dr. Carlus Gupton‘s theme article, A Life of Prayer.

Here is the full text of Andrew Taylor’s chapel talk, Praying for a Revolution of Values.


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In September, the library received 45 boxes of journals from Lexington Theological Seminary. Some were from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy these pictures of the delivery.

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Spring 2015 Church Audits

December 3, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Spring 2015 church audit courses made specially available to members of supporting congregations for an audit fee of $25 per course. These are the same graduate courses taken with credit students.

HST offers a variety of courses in ministry and theology, and we try to make as wide a range as possible to our church auditors. These are the upcoming church audit courses. Click the course name for the syllabus, and the professors name for information about the professor.

To register for a church audit course, click here.

mark.powell.2The Trinity and Christian Spirituality: Dr. Mark E. Powell
Tuesday, 6-7:30 pm, January 20 – May 12.

Dr. Mark E. Powell has recently released a book, Centered in God: The Trinity and Christian Spirituality. This one-credit course explores this doctrine that is so central to the Christian faith in a way that will help Christians not only understand more about God, but will help them grow closer to God. Dr. Powell created this course with church auditors in mind.

Huffard-05-webMulticultural Ministry: Dr. Evertt W. Huffard
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:45, January 22 – May 14.

Dr. Huffard has cross-cultural experiences as a missionary to Muslims in Israel and in inner-city ministry in LA. He combines this personal experience with academic preparation in teaching multicultural ministry. Building on a biblical theology of diversity, hospitality, reconciliation, and inclusion, this course will study issues of leadership, worship, and evangelism in a multicultural church. Models of multicultural churches will be surveyed. Application to various ministries will be experienced through a field education experience and case studies.

The church audit program serves members of 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 – any member of a supporting congregation can attend the same graduate courses as credit students and learn from world class professors for next to nothing!

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.

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HST Prof. Mark Powell Releases New Book

October 31, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

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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.

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Huffard to step down in July, Black appointed next Dean

October 27, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Evertt W. Huffard

Dr. Evertt W. Huffard

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.

Dr. Allen Black

Dr. Allen Black

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.

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West Lectures by Randy Harris Available Online

October 22, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

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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

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Randy Harris to Speak at West Lectures October 19

October 14, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Randy HarrisRandy 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.

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The Bridge – Summer 2014

September 2, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

The Class of 2014

The Class of 2014


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.

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Across the Bridge – Summer 2014

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.


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Centered in God: The Trinity and Christian Spirituality by Dr. Mark E. Powell.


Aging Creatively Workshop and Prepare-Enrich Training with Dr. Ed Gray.


Campus for Christ is an organization of campus ministries associated with churches of Christ.


The remaining foot of a Colossus statue of a Roman Emperor. These giant statues visually emphasized the power and might attributed to emperors and deities. Photo from Oster’s research trip to Rome.

The remaining foot of a Colossus statue of a Roman Emperor. These giant statues visually emphasized the power and might attributed to emperors and deities. Photo from Oster’s research trip to Rome, June 2014.

Dr. Richard Oster spent two weeks during June doing research in Rome that will enrich the classes he teaches, such as New Testament World.

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?

Summer intensive students discuss ministry challenges over lunch with Dr. Carlus Gupton

Summer intensive students discuss ministry challenges over lunch with Dr. Carlus Gupton


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

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Convocation Lesson by Dr. Allen Black

August 26, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Allen Black speaks at Convocation August 25, 2014

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:

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