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HST Class of 2014

May 21, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Congratulations to the 28 members of the class of 2014! May God bless you in all that you do.

Master of Arts

James Paul Calhoun
Vinson Lee Edwards
Brent Andrew Moody
Chester White Rutledge II

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Russell William Edward Biser
Hamil Rahman Harris
Marisa C. Savage
Justin White

Master of Arts in Counseling

Rachel Carol Allen
Kevin Lonn Baker
John Russell Berger
Stephannie Anita Davis
Anne Cecile Floyd
Karis Danielle Loberg

Master of Divinity

Hamilton D. Archibald
Wesley Grant Azbell III
James Nathan Becknell
Garrett Evan Best
Anna Rebecca Rose Borchers
Kevin Brian Burr
David Gregory Buskirk
Jeremy Scott Daggett
Andrew Gregory Frazier
Jason Wade Manning
Lenin Francisco Munguia B.
Daniel Patrick Overton
Andrew David Phillips
John Clinton Riggan

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56th Annual Commencement May 17, 10:00

May 9, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Harding School of Theology will graduate twenty-eight students at the 56th Annual Commencement. The ceremony is Saturday, May 17th, at 10:00 in the Auditorium of the W.B. West, Jr. Center on the HST campus.

Dr. Jim Martin, Vice-President of Harding School of Theology, will deliver the commencement address. Dr. Harold Redd, minister at the Midtown Church of Christ in Memphis will address the graduates on behalf of the Harding University Board of Trustees. Dr. David Burks, Chancellor of Harding University, will confer the degrees.

Join HST in honoring our graduates and praying God’s blessings on their lives and their Christian service.

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New Digital Archive Makes Hazelip’s Sermons Available Online

April 29, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter


Dr. Harold Hazelip, Dean of Harding School of Theology 1972-1986, taught courses in preaching, theology, missions, and ministry. His ministry spread far and wide as he preached on radio and TV programs, such as Herald of Truth (1972-1992), for over 30 years and wrote many articles for 21st Century Christian, Upreach, and other journals.

Hazelip served as President (1986-1997) and Chancelor (1997-2007) and is now President Emeritus of Lipscomb University. He also serves as Minister of Christian Formation at the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ.

The Harold Hazelip Sermon Archive provides free access to every sermon that Hazelip preached at the Highland Street Church of Christ in Memphis from 1972-1985. This collection of over 500 sermons is a modest, yet significant, portion of Hazelip’s legacy of ministry. Click to listen to these sermons.

Access to this collection was made possible by Dr. Miley Walker, Harding School of Theology, and Highland Church of Christ.

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The Bridge – Winter 2014

March 21, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Lewis signs a book for Lewis Scholar, Garrett Best

Dr. Lewis signs a book for Lewis Scholar, Garrett Best

Inside the Bridge Winter 2014:
  • HST adds a third Lewis Scholar in honor of Dr. Henry and Grace Farrar.
  • Updates on happenings on the HST campus.
  • Chapel talks from HST students

Read all of this and more in the Bridge Winter 2014.

For images and information going beyond the print version, go Across the Bridge!

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Across the Bridge – Winter 2014

March 21, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

This episode of Across the Bridge takes you a little deeper on some of the people and topics covered in the Winter 2014 Issue of The Bridge.

New Lewis Scholarship in honor of Henry and Grace Farrar

Igbo Association Nashville Honors Dr Henry and Grace Johnson Farrar for their Great Missionary Works in Nigeria

Heroes of Medical Missions: Dr. Henry Farrar

Articles by students, alumni, and friends

Article by HST MDiv student Joseph Horton: A Different Way to Pray in Leaven 21, # 4 (Fall 2013): 215-219.

Clint Burnett’s article is not available without a subscription to Neotestamentica, but you may read more about Clint here.

You may read Shaul Bar’s article dedicated to Quintin Baker here.

Chapel Talks

These links are the full texts of some sermons our students have preached in chapel this year on our theme, New Creation.

Jake Chism: New Creation

Steven Gaines: New Creation Through Conflict

Steven Gaines: Such Big Branches

Brandon Moore: Community Formation

Rob O’Lynn: I Make All Things New

Bob Perez: The New Creation

John Turner: YOLO

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HST to Honor Lewis on his 95th Birthday

March 12, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Jack P. Lewis

Dr. Jack P. Lewis

March 22, 2014, HST will honor Dr. Jack P. Lewis on the occasion of his 95th birthday at our annual Leadership Council Dinner. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Our special guest speaker will be Randy Harris, and a video of Lewis’ colleagues and special friends will be shown. Lewis’ books will be available for purchase at the dinner.

Lewis has set the standard for academic excellence at HST. Born in Texas, he attended Abilene Christian University and Sam Houston State Teachers’ College and earned Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University and Hebrew Union College. He has received numerous fellowship grants and was the Thayer Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, in 1967-68 and Senior Fellow there in 1983-84. Lewis taught Bible courses at Harding University and HST for 50 years. He has served in local work with churches in Texas, Rhode Island and Kentucky and continues to serve as an elder of the White Station Church of Christ in Memphis.

The goal of the dinner honoring Lewis is to raise $95,000. One half of the amount raised will be added to the Lewis Scholars Endowed Scholarship fund, which provides for students designated as Lewis Scholars. The other half will be added to the annual scholarship fund for currently enrolled students. Please show your appreciation to Dr. Lewis with a gift to HST of $95. Send your gift to:

HST Advancement
1000 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117

You may also make an online pledge.

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Run for the Son Set for May 3

February 13, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

20130323-_DSC0098The 14th Annual 5k Run/1 Mile Fun Walk is set for Saturday, May 3, 2014. This event, sponsored by the Associated Women for Harding and the Harding School of Theology Advancement Office, raises funds to provide scholarships for HST students. All participants receive a race T-shirt and a goody bag. Registration is $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

20130323-_DSC0386All are welcome from the most serious runners to the slowest walkers. The race begins at 8 AM at the HST campus (registration begins at 7:00). The students look to defend their title in the Students vs. Faculty “Silver Shoe” competition.

20130323-_DSC0098For more information, call the HST Advancement office at (901)761-1355 or email.

Race registration is available online with the form below. A downloadable brochure with a paper form will be available soon.

You may also register and submit your $12/person early race registration online here.

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Ministry is a Calling

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.

Jim Martin

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.”

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Annual Pie Auction January 25

January 14, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

pie-logoJoin 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.

pieAll 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.

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The Bridge – Fall 2013

December 9, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Apprentice Chase Froud (left) and his mentor Anthony Wood (right) baptize John in the Arkansas River

Apprentice Chase Froud (left) and his mentor Anthony Wood (right) baptize John in the Arkansas River

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.

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