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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.


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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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.

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Asian and Latin American Sabbaticals Fall 2014

July 29, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Kok Bin Ong and Guadalupe Mayo on campus this fall

kok-bin-ong-estherKok 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.

Learn more about the Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Sabbatical.

guadalupe-mayoGuadalupe 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.

Learn more about the Latin American Missions Sabbatical.

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HST Announces Church Audit Courses for Fall 2014

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.

Dr. C. Philip SlateGlobal Evangelism: Dr. C. Philip Slate
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. of John: Dr. Allen Black
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 or by calling 901-761-1355.

Click here to register for a course.

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Steve Davis: The Happiness Test

June 30, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Katie, Lyne, and Steve Davis

Katie, Lyne, and Steve Davis

Steve Davis earned the M.Th. degree in 1982 from what was then Harding University Graduate School of Religion. He served churches as a minister and a youth minister and taught for 20 years at Redland Christian School and Tropical Christian School in Miami, Florida. In September, 2013, Steve was killed in a car wreck which left daughter Katie seriously injured. Recently, Steve’s wife Lyne, along with Katie, dropped by HST. Lyne wanted to share her appreciation for the experience they had at HST and her appreciation for how their time here in Memphis prepared them for ministry in ways that neither she nor Steve ever expected.

She also left with us the last article that Steve wrote, and gave us permission to share it with our online community. Here is Steve Davis’ The Happiness Test.

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The Bridge – Spring 2014

June 10, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Jack Lewis, c. 1968

Dr. Jack Lewis, c. 1968

Inside the The Bridge, Spring 2014:
  • An inside look at the HST community: we study, work, and play together
  • Kevin Shelby joins to the HST faculty; meet two of our adjunct professors
  • HST celebrates Dr. Jack Lewis’ 95th Birthday at the Memphis Botanic Gardens

Read all of this and more in the The Bridge, Spring 2014.

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

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Across The Bridge – Spring 2014

June 10, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

The Bridge Spring 2014 offers an inside look at the community of HST. Here are some photos, links, and a video that take you across the bridge.

Wynne-1 study-together share-meal Pi-Day chapel-visit ben-singing-chapel The-Rising-Logo-13 Ethan-Small-Fish Russell-and-fish graduates-sharing graduation garden
HST and Harding Bible Faculty meet for dinner in Wynne, AR
A community that studies!
A community that eats together
A community that celebrates! Pi Day (3.14)
A community that likes being together
A community that worships together
Big fish!
Graduates sharing their experience
The Class of 2014
A community that gardens


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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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