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Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

May 21, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. David B. Burks

Dr. David B. Burks

HST graduated 25 students (26 degrees!) Saturday, May 18. Dr. David B. Burks, who is retiring after 26 years as president of Harding University, delivered the commencement address. Dr. Allen Black, Professor of New Testament, gave the message from the faculty, and President-Designate Dr. Bruce McLarty offered the benediction. Dr. Leon Sanderson, President of the HST Alumni Association, served as worship leader.

There were many highlights of the day, but two stand out.

Quintin Baker

Baker in the HST Library

First, Quintin Baker, an HST student who passed away last summer at the age of 26, was honored with a Certificate of Recognition. His family was present and Patrick Baker, Quintin’s father, addressed the graduates and their families with a message of hope at the luncheon following commencement.

Second, Kyle Hooper graduated with the Master of Divinity. Kyle’s father and grandfather are also HST alumni, which makes Kyle the first third-generation student to graduate from HST.

The audience sings "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" to our graduates.

The audience sings “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” to our graduates.


And now, the class of 2013:

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts is an academically focused degree with a thesis requirement.

Glenn R. Hawley
James Andrew Sowers
John Paul Suchecki

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

The MACM is a specialized degree focusing on a specific ministry area such as church planting, missions, or youth ministry.

Alan T. Arneson
Stephan Mark Connors
Marek Dawidow
Jared King
Christine Lynette Parker
Joe Thomas Spivy, Jr.

Master of Arts in Counseling

The MA in Counseling degree fulfills the educational requirement to sit for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for the state of Tennessee.

Michelle Bates
Jessi R. Berger
David Edwin Mars
James Michael Piiparinen
Anastasia R. Randolph

Master of Divinity

The M.Div. degree is a broad degree (84 semester hours) that prepares students for a lifetime of ministry and leadership.

Gary Franklin Baird
Minku Andrew Chang
Chase Brandon Froud
Charles E. Fulbright, Jr.
Dennis Kyle Hooper
Chauncey Smith Hopkins
Craig M. Poole
Lewis Edward Short, III
James Andrew Sowers

Doctor of Ministry

The D.Min. degree builds on the work of the M.Div. and gives ministers even greater skills for their particular area of ministry. The dissertation focuses on an area of their current ministry setting.

Matthew Wayne Morine
Ryan Donald Richardson
Thomas Shannon Snow


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HST Community Bloggers

May 6, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

There is a new page on the HST website dedicated to our students, faculty, and alumni who have blogs. Following these blogs is a great way to get to know us as a community and to learn about the work God is doing around the world through the HST family.

If you know of other blogs that should be included on this list, please let us know via the contact page or on Facebook.

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Meredith honored with HU’s Distinguished Teacher Award

April 24, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Don Meredith

Don Meredith

Many life experiences feature rites of passage that help a group transition from one phase to the next. These rites aren’t always pleasant, but they are essential for training us for the next stage in life. Most of us enjoy driving, but few relish days spent in driver’s training. High school football was fun, but summer’s two-a-days were not. Our affection for our first paycheck surpassed our love for the first Monday we awoke to the blare of an early alarm. We endure the rites because they put us into position to flourish during our experiences.

The memory of many students of the Harding School of Theology is etched with the red ink of one common rite of passage: the 5990 Advanced Theological Research course. The iconic Annie May Lewis served as the chief architect of the class, but since 1983 it has been the craft of her prized-mentee, Don Meredith.

from a 1977 slide show

from a 1977 slide show

Last week, head librarian Don Meredith received the Teacher Achievement Award from Harding University. The award, no doubt, honored his time spent teaching the class, which he has offered nearly every semester since 1983. But it also honored the way that he has used the class as a rite of passage into the rest of the program. When students reflect about their time at HST, they often share stories of their term papers from that first class, which are still wet with red ink from Meredith’s famous multi-colored pen. Like the soldiers who fought with Henry V on St. Crispin’s Day, survivors of 5990 can count themselves the “few, we happy few, we band of brothers.”

This band of brothers and sisters thanks you, Mr. Meredith, for giving us the tools we needed to become the students we wanted to be.

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Gupton Site Helps Church Leaders Live and Lead More Effectively

April 11, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Carlus Gupton

Dr. Carlus Gupton

Church leaders need help finding the best resources as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Ministers build libraries not as a hobby but to have the right tools in hand when needed. Elders, deacons and ministry leaders may not acquire big collections but still often need help finding the best titles on various subjects.

Often, however, it is difficult to find the right tool. With so many books in print, how do you choose the best one? How does this one compare to that one? Is there a guide? Also, time is at a premium. It may take hours to read through the online reviews, and Amazon’s recommendations may be unrelated to your needs. What about expense? If you find the right text, where is the best deal?

That is why Dr. Carlus Gupton, adjunct professor at HST, prepared

WHAT IS LIFEANDLEADERSHIP.COM? is an annotated, interactive guide to church leadership resources. More than 100 ministry resource guides are organized by topic. Each guide contains a categorized menu of books and resources, often in recommended order, with thumbnail descriptions and links to separate book pages for each title. Each book Living and Leading page features a summary and comparison to similar resources, followed by the publisher’s information and author biography. It displays a picture of the book and direct links to several online bookstores for comparison shopping. The book pages are also cross-referenced to related resources. is not a blog on the latest and greatest titles. It is current and, in most cases, will list the newer books. The purpose is not so much to feature new books as to categorize them for honest comparison with others on the same subjects. Also, the site does not review in the technical sense. It briefly summarizes and reflects on the practical benefit of each title. Finally, the site is not the final answer to every church leadership need.

Gupton says, “I do not have all the answers, but I am good at knowing where to go for what. The site puts this information into a usable format. If it helps leaders to be more effective and confident, it serves its purpose.”

How to Use (detailed instructions):
Videos on Using (including mobile use):

This post is an abridged form of an article in the Winter 2013 issue of The Bridge, HST’s quarterly newsletter. You may read the full text of this and other articles and subscribe to The Bridge electronically here.

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Dr. Richard Oster‘s long-awaited commentary on Revelation 1-3 is now available for order. You may order the commentary from his blog, 7 Subversive Letters. From Oster’s comments on the writing process:

oster-commentaryThe decision I made a few years ago to do a more thorough job of integrating the text of Revelation with theological trajectories from the Hebrew Scriptures and Intertestamental Judaism meant I had to slow down and incorporate and quote not only more Jewish texts, but also a small fraction of secondary literature.

Those who know my other publications are aware that I do not believe that the early church existed within a historical vacuum, devoid of significant interaction with its pagan environment. This belief requires the incorporation of primary sources, e.g., Graeco-Roman literature, inscriptions, coins, papyri, and architecture. Even if readers of this commentary feel comfortable with the settings and theological perspectives of sacred writers such as Jeremiah or Zechariah, they might not be as comfortable with and knowledgeable of Greek and Latin authors such as Aelius Aristides and Apuleius or, to move beyond the literary elite, Anatolian inscriptions or Roman numismatics. My decision to not only reference Graeco-Roman sources but to also quote them at times and to supply some secondary literature certainly required a significant increase of time, energy, and pages.

In addition to the expansion into Jewish materials, both canonical and non-canonical, and into Graeco-Roman sources, a third area also retarded earlier goals for completion. So many impediments stand in the way of our hearing John as he intended to be heard that the task is always extensive and labyrinthine. Some assistance can be provided by visual materials that literally bring the ancient world to light. So, I have attempted to use some images in the book to enhance the reader’s appreciation for the world of John and his first readers, an effort with a steep learning curve both for me and the publisher.

Congratulations, Dr. Oster!
To order, click here and click on the book cover in the right sidebar.

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The Bridge: Winter 2013

March 1, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. jack Lewis autographs autobiography

Dr. Jack Lewis autographs a copy of his autobiography

Each student at HST shares a common story. Each comes to HST to drink deeply from God’s word in preparation for – and often in the middle of – a lifetime of service.

But each student also has an individual story. God gifts our students in different ways, and gives them a passion for various ministry callings. Many are preparing to preach in a congregation. Others are passionate about mission work, counseling, or youth or campus ministry. This issue of The Bridge sheds a little light on scholars, missionaries, and leaders.


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Across the Bridge, Winter 2013 – Reflections from Africa

March 1, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

In the Winter 2013 issue of The Bridge, Dr. Evertt W. Huffard, Dean and Vice President, wrote of the seven weeks he spent in Africa with 26 sophomores in the Harding in Zambia program. His full report begins:

Many, if not most, of the roads we traveled in Africa were long, rough, and dusty – but not without time for reflection and imagination. The acacia trees became one of my favorite scenes in Africa. When I saw them scattered out, standing alone in the distance, I imagined the earth lifting its hands to honor the Creator. The intensity of the sun on the equator, the incredible array of wild life, the power of Victoria Falls, and influence of the Nile River reflected a Creator worth praising. But it was the people of the land and the people of the kingdom that impressed me even more.

Read the entire mission report here.

Read The Bridge, Winter 2013.

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HST Preview Experience Spring 2013

February 20, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

preview-card_Page_1Tuesday, February 26 is Spring Preview day at HST. We invite anyone interested in graduate ministry training or in a career in counseling to visit our campus, get to know us, and save some money.

You will meet the faculty and staff who will help them succeed and tour our campus, including our fabulous library. Our tour will end in our beautiful chapel, where we will have an opportunity to talk about the admissions process and financial aid. If you turn in an application for admission at the event, we will waive your $40/$50 application fee!

You will enjoy a catered dinner seated at a table with a professor in your area of interest. This is a great time to learn more about your field of study and see if we are a good choice to help you get where God is taking you. Please RSVP so that we have a spot for you at the right table.

After dinner, you will have three options:
1. Join a church history course taught by Dr. Mark Powell
2. Sit in on “Addictions and Violence in Families” with Professor George Tsirgiotis
3. Participate in a panel discussion with current HST students who will take your questions

The evening will wrap up with final thoughts and questions.

For further details and to RSVP, please visit the experience page.

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Spring 2013 Church Audit Reminder

January 25, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

There is still time to enroll in church audit courses for Spring semester! To learn more about this program, click here.

Spring 2013 Church Audits
Galatians and Romans: Dr. Richard E. Oster, Jr.
Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, January 28 – May 6.

This course covers introductory matters and exegesis of selected passages, paying attention to the occasion of Paul’s letters to the churches in Galatia and Rome.

History of Christianity II: Dr. Mark Powell
Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, January 22 – May 7.

A one credit hour course that surveys the theological and doctrinal history of Christianity in its cultural setting from the Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe to the early twentieth century. Attention is given to Protestant and Catholic developments in Europe and North America.

Spiritual Leadership: Dr. Evertt Huffard

This course meets in the monthly intensive format, February 1-2, March 1-2, and April 5-6. Class meets Fridays 1:00-4:45 pm and 6:00-7:45 pm; and Saturdays 8:00-12:00 noon and 1:00-2:45 pm.

This course is a study of the dynamics of spiritual leadership and discovery of leadership emergence patterns. There is an emphasis on the implications for spiritual formation and mentoring

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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HST Offices to Close at Noon Due to Inclement Weather

January 15, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

HST offices will be closing at noon today (Tuesday) due to the bad weather. As of this point we are unclear about tomorrow. Watch this space, or follow us via the Twitter and Facebook links at the top of this page.

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