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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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Across the Bridge – Winter 2015

March 5, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

HST Student Machona Monyamane, Global Missions Conference

HST Student Machona Monyamane, Global Missions Conference

The Bridge, Winter 2015 offers articles and information about the life and ministry of Harding School of Theology. Here are some links and information that did not fit in the print version.

Resources on World Missions

Global Missions Conference 2014 Website

HST’s Missions Sabbatical Program:

HST’s Missions Page

Syllabi and book lists from related courses are a great way to see what faculty recommend for reading and study in the area.

Resources on Prayer
Links from the Bridge

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Across the Bridge – Fall 2014

December 4, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

The Bridge, Fall 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.

Dig Deeper

These are the types of artifacts that students study in the new M.A. concentration, New Testament Backgrounds and Archaeology. Thanks to Dr. Oster for these images.

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Library 50th Anniversary Celebration

View a sampling of the “Building a History: 50 Years of Collecting at the Graves Memorial Library” display from the dinner.

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HST Student Justin Sims
HST Student Jiwoo Ryu
The restoration history archives at the library were renamed in honor of Don and Evelyn Meredith's years of service in the library.
Jane Tomlinson served as the dean's secretary for over 50 years.
Dr. Ileene Huffard and Dr. Jack Lewis
HST Dean Dr. Evertt W. Huffard
Guests view the exhibits from the library collection
The celebration was held at Memphis University School
HST Librarian Bob Turner served as host

Meet the Student Association Officers
Eric Suddeath, Femi Osibin, Frank Bolling, Anthony Gleghorn, Steven Gaines, Clint Boyd

Eric Suddeath, Femi Osibin, Frank Bolling, Anthony Gleghorn, Steven Gaines, Clint Boyd

The SA serves our student body in many ways and is a tremendous blessing to the school as a whole. Visit the SA Webpage to learn more about these servant leaders.

Full texts of articles excerpted in The Bridge

Josiah, Andrew, and Lydia Taylor

Josiah, Andrew, and Lydia Taylor

Here is the full text of Dr. Carlus Gupton‘s theme article, A Life of Prayer.

Here is the full text of Andrew Taylor’s chapel talk, Praying for a Revolution of Values.

Lexington Theological Seminary Journals
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In September, the library received 45 boxes of journals from Lexington Theological Seminary. Some were from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy these pictures of the delivery.

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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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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.

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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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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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Across The Bridge – Fall 2013: Change, Fellowship, Mentoring

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 TanBeng 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:

Luke DockeryMy 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)

bowenIt’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

Femi OsibinYour 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.

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Dr. Bruce McLarty


The Summer 2013 Issue of The Bridge welcomed Dr. Bruce McLarty, Dr. Jim Martin, and Dr. Carlus Gupton to the HST Administration and Faculty.

Dr. McLarty, the fifth president of Harding University, earned the M.Th. degree at HST in 1982. His inauguration will be held September 20th on the Searcy campus. You may read his bio, offer congratulations, and learn about the events surrounding the inauguration here.

Follow Dr. McLarty on Twitter.

Dr. Martin will serve as the first full-time vice-president on the Memphis campus. Here is the press release announcing his appointment to this position.

Here are some of Dr. Martin’s thoughts about coming to HST:

You may also follow Dr. Martin on Twitter, or follow his blog posts at Dr. Martin also serves as a Community Leader on Michael Hyatt’s Leadership Blog.

Dr. Carlus Gupton


Dr. Gupton has been an adjunct professor of ministry at HST for over a decade, and comes full time for the Spring 2014 semester. Gupton, currently professor of Church Leadership at Johnson University, has spent 20 years preaching in Tennessee and Alabama, and has also taught at the University of Tennessee School of Communication Studies.

Read an article from a previous Bridge about his LifeAndLeadership website.

Follow Dr. Gupton on Twitter.

Video: B. Chris Simpson, HST student, on the true meaning of “Deeper Faith. Higher Standards.” Hint: BBQ!

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The Spring 2013 issue of The Bridge featured comments from HST alumni on the value of graduate theological education. Due to space constraints, we could only include a few of those statements. Here are additional thoughts to take you beyond the printed page.



Timothy Gunnells

My education raised my level of patience and has helped me to persevere even under difficult circumstances. I gained not only knowledge, but a deeper appreciation of people. The farther along I went in my theological education, the more humble I became in my approach to ministry.

Kevin Jensen

Graduate education blessed me like an inheritance from a rich uncle. My peers in undergraduate studies and in preacher training schools received good increases in knowledge, perspectives, and skills through their education, but I got more through mine. I received what they got, but was taken deeper and broader. The rigors of graduate study stretched me so that I grew in dependence on God and in self-discipline. Since my graduation twelve years ago, I’ve frequently been grateful for HST’s network of peer and faculty relationships and library support that continues to provide me and my church with new resources and training opportunities for ministry today.



James Nesmith

Graduate theological education has changed my life as a minister in two ways. First, it has humbled me to appreciate all that I do not know. In ministry, preachers are challenged to have all the answers; to offer conclusive, rigid, and unaltering truths and proclamations. This can lead to a pat perspective in which the minister feels that he knows all he needs to know and can refrain from the exploration of additional or competing thoughts and ideas.

This leads me to the second impact of graduate theological education upon my life. We live in an information age. While a preacher is in the pulpit, members can be on their smartphones Googling the information he is presenting to ensure its accuracy. The training I received at HST in critical thinking, research methods, analytical comparison, and theological reflection enables me, by God’s grace, to speak with accuracy and confidence. I do not have all the answers, but the answers I have are sure and solid even as I work my way toward additional answers. This confident progression is appreciated by the congregation, and we move together toward greater understanding and application of the word of God as we engage in his service in downtown Richmond.

James T. Wood

I see the benefit of my education in two veins. On the one side, I was forced to grapple with the deeper issues of faith and ministry and equipped to find the answers. On the other side, I was connected to an invaluable network of ministry partners around the globe that are graciously willing to help me.
I do see one major flaw with graduate education in theology that needs to be addressed: the overwhelming emphasis on academics over application has a tendency to erode spiritual health while it strengthens intellectual ability. We can’t sacrifice one for the other. We need to train ministers who are both spiritually filled and academically prepared.

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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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