January 27, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
Dr. Jim Martin, our new Vice-President, shared this message as we welcomed new students and welcomed back returning students.
The following are the notes from the chapel presentation I gave on Tuesday morning, January 21, at Harding School of Theology (Memphis, Tennessee). Perhaps you will find this encouraging and a good reminder.
This is the first chapel of 2014 at Harding School of Theology. This is the first day of classes.
No doubt as you meet with your class, there will be a syllabus. There will be books to read. There will be papers to write. There will be lectures.
There is also a call.
We have a purpose and mission that is larger than ourselves.
We believe that we are accountable to God for our lives. What we do as students, professors, staff, and administrators matters.
Congratulations on being here! It takes a lot to be able to come to a place like HST to study. I know. It took a lot for us to come here. We moved here from Waco, Texas in December. I started my ministry here on January 2.
It costs a lot to come to seminary.
It costs your money.
It costs your time.
It costs your energy.
It costs your attention.
You are paying a price to come here. If you are married, you and your spouse are paying a price. If you are working with a church, they may be paying a price for you to be here. The professors and the staff who serve on this campus are paying a price. We moved here after serving the Crestview Church in Waco for 20 years. We were very happy where we were. I was a very happy preacher. We paid a price to come here.
Yet, the words cost and price don’t do justice to this moment. After all, this really is an investment.
As a student, you are investing in your calling. You are investing in your ministry. You are investing in Gospel work.
This is not about getting a job.
This is not about career enhancement.
This is not about achievement.
Fundamentally, ministry is about a calling. It is about something more than getting a job, pleasing a group of people or making a career move. Responding to our call is about desiring to please God with every fiber of our being. At this school, it is about learning to have a heart for God in an environment of high standards for ministry and scholarship.
My friend Barry, a longtime minister in Waco, said he once heard a seminary president warn students. “Too many students come to seminary with their heart full and their head empty and leave with their head full and their heart empty.”
This doesn’t have to happen. If you have a deep and passionate love for God, your study here ought to stoke the fire within you. Your love for God ought to be enhanced and deepened. At the same time, you will be learning how to think and how to practice the Christian faith. You will learn the languages, the text, and drink from the wells of those who have gone before us.
You are studying under professors whose heads are full of knowledge and wisdom and whose hearts love God. You can be the kind of student who leaves here with both head and heart full. However, you will need to be intentional about doing this.
Whether you are reading a book for class or writing a paper. Whether you are listening to a lecture or talking with a fellow student. Whether the class is one you like or whether it is not your favorite.
Do it all in the name of the Lord.
“Whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord.”
January 14, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter
Join HST donors, along with students, faculty, and staff, to support the Associated Women for Harding’s Annual Soup and Chili Supper and Pie Auction! Enjoy fabulous homemade soups and chilies, then bid on scrumptious homemade pies. The pie auction is always one of the most popular and fun fund-raising events each year for the HST community. In addition to the pies, this year also features a silent auction where you can bid on some beautiful items.
All proceeds, including the full ticket price, provide scholarships for Harding University and HST students.
The supper begins at 6:00 and will be at the Church of Christ at White Station (1106 Colonial Dr. ).
Tickets are $10, and are available by calling 901-761-1355 or at the door.
December 9, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
Inside the Bridge Fall 13:
- Dr. Evertt W. Huffard transitions from his dual role of Dean/VP to Dean.
- Beng Chuan Tan, first recipient of the Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Sabbatical, shares his thoughts about life and faith.
- An article about HST apprenticeships written by an apprentice and his mentor (see the picture above).
- Thank you notes from HST students to scholarship donors
- Updates and happenings on campus.
Read all of this and more in the Bridge Fall 13.
For images and information going beyond the print version, go Across the Bridge!
Read other issues of The Bridge.
Posted in The Bridge
December 9, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
The Fall 2013 issue of the Bridge covered Dr. Evertt W. Huffard’s transition from VP/Dean to dean, Beng Chuan Tan’s thoughts about his semester in Memphis, and an article about our apprenticeship program.
Beng Chuan Tan was the first Hogan-Cate Asian Mission Sabbatical recipient. The Hogan-Cate endowment covers expenses for a ministry leader in Asia to spend a semester at HST for equipping and renewal. Beng Chuan spent the semester participating fully in the life of our campus as well as at Harding University in Searcy. He traveled in Texas, Illinois, and within Tennessee making connections with others in the US who are involved in Asian missions.
His thoughts were excerpted in the Bridge article. You may read his full article here.
In addition to the student “Thank-you Notes” for scholarship donors that were published in the Bridge, here are a few more:
My graduate school education has been a tremendous blessing to me and, by extension, to my church family, but as wonderful as) it is, it would simply not be financially possible for me to pursue a graduate degree without your generous support. — Luke Dockery, M.Div. student (Associate Minister, Farmington Church of Christ)
It’s hard to describe how important HST has been for my ministry. The knowledge, experience, insight and fellowship I’ve enjoyed there has been VITAL. You (donor) are a part of every victory won in the name of Christ. My family is transitioning from a stateside ministry to foreign missions in SE Asia. We’ll be there for some years, praying constantly that we might see God plant hundreds of churches and make thousands of obedient disciples. I invite you to pray with us to this end. You (donor) are, after all, already a part of everything we’ll be allowed to do by the God who sends us in His name. – Michael Bowen, M.Div. student
Thank you so much for your willingness to sacrifice in the hopes of blessing those you might never meet. — Russell Taylor, M.A. in Christian Ministry student
Your support shows that you understand what it means to be participants in the gospel. My prayer for you all is that you will be assured in the fact that you are not only helping someone in the present, but by helping preachers reach their full potential, you are blessing congregations in the future. – Femi Osibin, M.Div. student
I hope and pray that you are filled with peace because of the impact your donations are making in the lives of students like me and the kingdom work that happens as a result of the academic work at HST. – Bob Palmer, M.Div. student
Spreading the Word Abroad! HST alumni Yoshiya (MAR ’94) and Emiko Noguchi (MDiv ’97) and their children sport HST “Run for the Son” t-shirts in Japan. Dwight Albright (MTh ’74 and MA ’77) took the photo on a recent visit.
Posted in Across the Bridge
November 25, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
HST offices and the library will be close at 5:00 Tuesday afternoon (11/26) for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and will re-open Monday (12/2).
HST offices and the library will be closed 12/23 through 1/1 for the Christmas break.
HST offices and the library will be closed Monday, 1/21, for the Dr. King holiday.
November 19, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
An alma mater is written to recognize a school providing training and growth for life ahead. The graduate school of Harding with its beginning in Searcy in 1954 has a rich heritage out of which this process has occurred for more than 1200 students. With the desire to affirm and celebrate the service of Harding School of Theology, Bill Flatt, Don Kinder and Leon Sanderson set out to write an honoring piece.
The concept at the beginning was to consider the work of HST as a pebble in a lake that produces ever-widening circles. The stanzas speak of the vision of the founding fathers lived out through commitment and Christian service world-wide. After review, Carisse Berryhill captured this focus in the phrase, “to seek, to learn, to be.” The opening notes of the piece mirror the Harding University Alma Mater written by L. O. Sanderson. The “foothills of the Ozarks” are reflected in the “banks of the river.” [Mississippi river] The chorus opens in majestic unison with recognition of God and our relationship with Him, “O God you are our God.” These words make clear the importance of theology in the school’s name. Thus a song is born to describe and perpetuate this distinguished institution.
Sanderson earned the M.R.E. (1963), M.Div. (1988), and D.Min. (2007) from HST. He was named Alumnus of the Year in 2008, and currently serves as the president of the HST Alumni Association.
He serves as associate minister at the Church of Christ at White Station in Memphis.
October 31, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
If you act now, you can catch a few of the pictures on the HST Library Twitter feed.
October 10, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Michael Waymon Summers, M.Th. ’82, has been an army chaplain for more than 20 years. He has served in Germany, Croatia, Afghanistan, and several US Army Posts. In mid-July, the Adjutant General of Georgia appointed Summers the Joint Forces Headquarters (State) Chaplain for the Georgia Department of Defense. This means that he is the supervising chaplain for the Georgia Air and Army National Guard.
“I did not plan to be a military chaplain, but the degree here prepared and qualified me. I could not have been a military chaplain without the preparation I received at HST. Particularly, the rigorous training in research in Biblical studies and the equipping in counseling helped prepare me for specific tasks I have encountered.” – Michael Waymon Summers
Summers is also providing a Call for Fire seminar for churches about learning to pray from the prayers of the Bible.
Summers is married to Morrisa Watson Summers, who is a current student at HST.
Connect with Michael on Facebook.
September 23, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
Steve Cate and Gordon Hogan were on campus Thursday, September 19, to visit with Beng Chuan Tan, the inaugural recipient of the Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Endowment. Brother Cate gave a brief introduction in chapel, then the three men hosted a brown bag lunch to share their experience with HST students.
Tan, Cate, Hogan
Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Endowment
The Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Endowment honors the efforts of longtime missionaries Steve and Jeannie Cate in Indonesia, and Gordon and Jane Hogan in Singapore by providing a sabbatical for a church leader or missionary in Asia. The recipient spends a semester at HST taking classes and participating in the Harding University Lectureship and other events.
Beng Chuan Tan
Beng Chuan Tan is spending this semester at HST taking courses, visiting with local ministers and churches, and traveling to meet with church leaders in other parts of the country. Beng Chuan has served as an elder for seven years and is preparing for a staff ministry role at the Pasir Panjang Church of Christ in Singapore. The Pasir Panjang church is known for involvement in missions, with many members participating in short-term projects in various parts of Asia.
September 16, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
HST professor Dr. Richard E. Oster will present the 2013 West Lectures September 26-27 on the HST campus. He will speak on the theme of “New Creation” from the book of Revelation. Oster will speak Thursday, September 26, 7:30, in the auditorium of the W.B.West, Jr. Education Center.
Dr. Oster will be signing copies of his recent book, Seven Congregations in a Roman Crucible, in the library after the lecture.
Oster will dialogue with students Friday morning in the Hospitality Room.
The event is free of charge.
The W.B. West Jr. Lectures for the Advancement of Christian Scholarship honor Dr. W.B. West Jr., founding dean of the School of Theology. Dr. West served the School of Theology as dean until 1972 and as professor of New Testament until his retirement in 1978. These lectures, presented by the Student Association at HST, bring outstanding Christian scholars to the campus to speak on subjects of current interest in the church.