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Where did all those books come from?

October 22, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

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When students walk into our library, one of the first things they see is a table for New Books. Without question, more books get checked out from here than from any other shelf. But you might wonder how they got there. What is the process for adding books to the library? Who decides what to buy?

It might be argued that average libraries build collections, good libraries offer services, and great libraries create community. While the aim of a library is to create community, there must be some sort of content that draws that community together. That is the role of a library collection.

The selection of books is essential to the life of the library and the institution. At HST, Head Librarian Don Meredith oversees collection development. Our specialized collection focuses on works in the fields of study of our students and faculty. We also collect items related to our church heritage.

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Meredith builds his orders through a number of strategies, including the more common (publisher’s catalogs, used book lists, and faculty/student recommendations), in addition to the rewarding, but less common (browsing the footnotes of every journal and major reference work that comes into the library). This is a significant process, which ensures that every title has been hand-selected for the way that it fits into the larger mission of serving students, faculty, and researchers.

Last year we accessioned (librarian-speak for added to our collection) nearly 2,000 new books. And by books, we mean the kind with a front and back with pages made of paper (“It’s not all online” – Don Meredith). That number includes 193 books that were donated by friends of the library. We also checked out over 7,500 books, and scanned/emailed 13,000 pages of material from them to distance education students.

Theological-liraries-month-chapel-meredith-(13)-webUnlike many other disciplines of study, theological and biblical studies rely on many works that are decades or even centuries old. I wouldn’t want a doctor to take out my gall bladder relying on a textbook that was fifty years old! But you can’t study theology without reading the ancient writers. In fact, our primary book is two thousand years old!

– Don Meredith

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Theme for the 2015-2016 Academic Year: The Power of the Spirit

September 23, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

(read the theme article here)

A banner hangs at the front of the chapel reminding us of our special focus for the year.

A banner hangs at the front of the chapel reminding us of our special focus for the year.

Each year HST has a theme for the year. We choose an important doctrine or scriptural theme to study more fully throughout the year. A faculty member writes an article on the theme that appears in the academic catalog, in The Bridge, and on this website. Our chapel sermons and the West Lectures always center on this theme. A banner hangs at the front of the chapel to remind us of our special focus for the year.

The theme for the 2015-2016 academic year is “The Power of the Spirit”. Dr. Mark E. Powell, professor of theology, wrote the theme article, which you may read here. Please join us this year as we reflect on the power of the Spirit in our lives and in the life of the church. We will occasionally provide theme-related resources on this blog and in our quarterly newsletter, The Bridge.

(read the theme article here)

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The Bridge Summer 2015

September 4, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Evertt and Ileene Huffard honored at a faculty/staff dinner

Evertt and Ileene Huffard honored at a faculty/staff dinner


Fall Dinner to Honor Huffards

In the Summer 2015 issue of The Bridge:

  • The HST®  Leadership Council Dinner will honor Dr. Evertt and Dr. Ileene Huffard on November 14 for their years of service to the church in a variety of roles.
  • Dr. Allen Black, dean of HST, shares his love for the school.
  • The Class of 2015
  • Resources on Homosexuality and Same-sex Marriage
  • As always, you will hear good news from faculty, students, and alumni that will give you hope and joy at the work God is doing among us.

Don't forget to go Across the Bridge for media content not included in the print edition as well as links to resources mentioned in The Bridge.

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Across the Bridge Summer 2015

September 4, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Life as a Distance Student

A Few Summer Pictures
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Dr. Mark Powell teaching at Lipscomb Summer Celebration
Dr. Carlus Gupton teaching at Lipscomb Summer Celebration
Doctor of Ministry Students with D.Min. Director Dr. Dave Bland
Dr. Huffard received a framed copy of the banners representing the themes of the year
Evertt and Ileene Huffard honored at a faculty/staff dinner
Summer School Tradition: Memphis BBQ lunch
Lots of campus maintenance and repair!
A summer intensive counseling class
Summer intensive
Now that's some class prep time!
Guess what’s now available in the HU Bookstore!
HST Merchandise is now available in Searcy!

HST Merchandise is now available in Searcy!

Links

Campus for Christ: an organization for campus ministries associated with Churches of Christ

HopeWorks: Providing Hope and Jobs in Memphis for over 25 years

National Jail and Prison Ministry Workshop

Kairos Church Planting

Shepherds Network: a one-day seminar for church leaders at HST September 12

Sermon Design: Mac/iOS software to help with sermon preparation

Harding Academy of Memphis International Student Program

CenterPeace: a ministry helping churches, schools and families have conversations about homosexuality

Protecting Your Ministry From Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Lawsuits: a 40-page guide from the Alliance Defending Freedom

Books

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Dr. Allen Black

Dr. Allen Black

Join the HST community for our annual Convocation Monday, August 24, at 7:00 in the West Center Auditorium on the HST campus. This will be the formal installment of Dr. Allen Black as the new dean of HST, and he will present his inaugural address, with a reception to follow.

Dr. Black became dean July 1 as Dr. Evertt W. Huffard stepped aside after sixteen years as dean to focus more on teaching, writing, and consulting with churches on leadership issues. Black (Ph.D., Emory University) is professor of New Testament at HST and has been on faculty for over 30 years. He teaches the Gospels, Peter’s epistles, and Hebrews, as well as Greek language courses and Advanced New Testament Exegesis.

Convocation is a gathering which represents the official beginning of the academic year at HST. Dress is semi-formal.

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Two Harding Minutes featuring HST

August 4, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Each month Harding President Dr. Bruce McLarty presents a two minute video highlighting one or two aspects of Harding University’s mission and life. The August 2015 edition features HST. Join Dr. McLarty as he shares how God has used HST to impact the church worldwide.

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15th Annual Run for the Son to be September 19

July 21, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Grand Marshall Don Meredith at the 14th Run

Grand Marshall Don Meredith at the 14th Run

We are excited (and think it’s only fitting) to hold Harding School of Theology’s fifteenth run this year in 2015! The 15th Annual Run for the Son 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015. Registration will begin at 7:00 AM, and the race will start at 8:00 AM. The starting and ending locations of the race are at HST (1000 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117). The course runs through the beautiful neighborhood surrounding HST in the heart of East Memphis.

Registration for this event is $12 in advance (either online or by mail) or $15 on the race day. Participants will receive a race t-shirt and a goody bag. Runners and walkers across the Mid-South come back each year to enjoy the camaraderie, competition, comfy t-shirts, and cool gift bags that have made Run for the Son a favorite Memphis race for many. There is even an ongoing competition between the HST faculty and students, which leaves spectators casting lots to determine the winner entertained. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate!

Run for the Son is sponsored by the Harding School of Theology Advancement Office and Women for Harding. The purpose of this event is to raise scholarship funds for HST students. For more information about the race, you can contact the HST Advancement Office at 901-432-7723 or hstadvancement@hst.edu. We look forward to seeing you on race day!

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The Bridge, Spring 2015

June 10, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Allen Black

Dr. Allen Black


Black to Serve as Dean

God has blessed HST® with excellent leadership since the beginning. We look forward to Dr. Black's leadership as he becomes the next dean July 1. In this issue of The Bridge, you will read a farewell address from Dr. Huffard and you will hear tributes from Black's former students.

HST exists to train Christian leaders for the work of ministry. A side effect of our excellence in academics is that some of our students go on the doctoral work. In the Spring 2015 Bridge, you'll hear from some of these students who are pursuing doctoral degrees in Bible, theology, and ministry. You'll find all of this, along with other campus news and updates, in the Spring 2015 issue of The Bridge.

As always, you will hear good news from faculty, students, and alumni that will give you hope and joy at the work God is doing among us.

Don't forget to go Across the Bridge for additional content not included in the print edition!

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Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, The Bridge





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Across the Bridge Spring 2015

June 10, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

The Bridge, Spring 2015, covers the transition in the dean’s office as Dr. Evertt W. Huffard steps aside after 16 years and Dr. Allen Black becomes the new dean. We also hear from our alumni who are currently in or soon beginning doctoral programs. This along with the usual updates on campus life and faculty activities, makes up the Spring 2015 Bridge.

The Practice of Solitude

Dr. Mark Powell provides this Practicing Solitude and Silence Handout

Devotion to Prayer

Leon Sanderson’s hymn, Devotion to Prayer.

Campus Preview

Watch this space for details about our fall preview experience as they become available. Please encourage anyone you know who may be interested in studying at HST to come to a preview day to get to know us.

Dean Huffard’s Transition

Dr. Huffard’s Reflections on Sixteen Years as Dean

Dr. Huffard’s chapel lesson the first day of summer classes.

HST Alumni in Doctoral Programs
What types of doctoral programs are our alumni in?

What types of doctoral programs are our alumni in?

Which schools are our doctoral students in?

Which schools are our doctoral students in?


Read about some of our alumni currently in doctoral programs. If you are an alumnus in a doctoral program and we missed you on our list, please get in touch.

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Summer School Begins, Huffard Chapel Talk

June 9, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Our summer of intensive courses began today with three courses, Advanced Theological Research, taught by Mr. Meredith, Counseling Skills, taught by Dr. Gray, and Major Prophets, taught by Dr. Youngblood. 29 students are in these three classes, including six who are on campus for the first time.

Dr. Huffard spoke in chapel, and you’ll find his chapel talk below. As always, students, faculty, and staff shared lunch in the Hospitality Room after chapel. These lunches are always a blessing as the students share a little about their ministry work. This week’s students work in Massachusetts, Indiana, Texas, Colorado, Mississippi, all over Arkansas and Tennessee, and even Botswana, Tanzania, and Mozambique. These students are preachers, missionaries, campus ministers, youth ministers, teachers, and more. Some are just beginning their journey of ministry, and others are seasoned veterans.

It is always inspiring to hear how God is at work in people and congregations around the world. Join us in praying for these students this week as they deepen their faith and gain new resources for serving the Lord.

Enjoy Dr. Huffard’s chapel talk:

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