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Dr. Jack Lewis’s 98th Birthday!

March 24, 2017 | Written by Matt Carter

HST faculty and staff gathered today to celebrate Dr. Lewis’s 98th birthday. We are thankful for his legacy of rigorous scholarship to the glory of God.

In honor of this day, we wanted to share Dr. Lewis’s book list on Amazon. Of course, this is only a fraction of the books and articles he has written. You can see the HST library’s holdings of Dr. Lewis’s books here. (Not to mention the dozens of articles he published in academic journals.)

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W. S. Long Exhibit at HST Library

October 31, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter


The Library is currently hosting a modest exhibition of materials from the collection of W.S. (William Slaughter) Long, who preached in for the Union Avenue Church of Christ from 1946-1957. It features personal letters, late 19th-century photographs, and hand-written sermons. The materials on display represent the type of pieces contained in the larger collection in the archive.


The materials will remain on display through the rest of the semester. Please come by and see these interesting pieces. Students, faculty, staff, and community guests are welcome to view the W.S. Long collection, in addition to any other documents in the archive, during all hours when the library is open.

The following is a prayer from a sermon Long preached during WWII:

long-bookThou God and Sovereign of all nations, Thou King of kings and Lord of hosts, in these perilous times, when all the powers of hate have been loosed to kill and to destroy, we pray that Thy Spirit through the Bible may steady the minds and guide the hearts of those who call themselves by thy name, acknowledging Thee as Father. We pray especially for the President of these United States, on whom has been laid heavy burdens and grave responsibilities, as he speaks for our country and to its people. Renew his strength as daily his burdens increase. Give him wisdom and understanding that cometh only from above. Show him Thy will in thy Bible. Out of the conflict of counsel may Thy voice come unto him saying, “This is the way- walk ye in it.” And as Thy will is revealed, increase his faith, so he may go forth in consciousness of having fulfilled the task committed to him. And we pray that he, with us shall seek above all things to honor and glorify Thee. Hasten the day when thy will may be done on earth as it is done in heaven; and that the rule of the spirit of brotherhood may live in the hearts of all peoples, so that all nations may dwell together in peace and unity- Amen.

Long’s obituary in the Gospel Advocate noted that he was active into his 80’s when health forced him to retire from an “extremely active ministry which covered a little more than sixty years of continuous preaching and teaching, during which time he perhaps preached more sermons, held more meetings, established more congregations, and helped to build more meetinghouses than any other one preacher in the brotherhood contemporary with his ministry.” (Gospel Advocate, vov. XCIX, no. 27, July 4, 1957, p. 430).

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E-books Now Available through HST Library

October 19, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter

We are now part of a consortium called the Theological Libraries E-Book Lending Project. This is a collaborative effort of theological libraries to share resources. Through this database, students, faculty, and staff can choose from hundreds of e-books. If you are looking for one that isn’t there, just let us know. We love recommendations. Just send a note to Bob Turner to recommend a title for the collection.

To access the site, go to our Library page under “Find Books,” or simply click this link. You will need to use your Harding username and password when accessing the site from off campus.


You will need Adobe Digital Editions, which is a free resource that can be downloaded here.


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2016 Run for the Son set for October 1

August 8, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter

2016 RFTS Logo

The 16th annual Run for the Son 5k will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Registration and check-in will begin at 7:00 A.M. The race will begin at 8:00 A.M. The race will start/finish at Harding School of Theology (1000 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117). Participants may register for the race in advance or on race day. Registration is $12 in advance (online/by mail) or $15 on the day of the race. The registration fee includes participation in the race, an official race t-shirt, and a participant goody bag.

Run for the Son is sponsored by Harding School of Theology’s Advancement Office and Women for Harding. The purpose of this event is to raise scholarship funds for HST students. For more information, contact the HST Advancement Office at 901-432-7723 or by email. View the course map here: Run for the Son Course.

Please register online, by mail, or on the day of the race by any of the following methods:

(1) Complete the registration form (including the consent form on the back), and mail $12 (cash or check*) along with the registration form to the Advancement Office at 1000 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117.

(2) Complete an online race registration form and pay $12 online (credit card).

(3) Fill out the race registration form and pay $15 (cash or check*) on the day of the race.

*Please make checks payable to Harding School of Theology or HST.

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Presenting the HST Class of 2016

May 20, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter

The Class of 2016

The Class of 2016

HST held her 58th annual commencement Saturday, May 16th, in the auditorium of the W.B. West, Jr. Education Center. We graduated 18 students who are serving or will serve as preachers, counselors, teachers, missionaries, youth ministers, campus ministers, and more.

Dr. Howard Wright of Atlanta, GA delivered the commencement address. Wright has served in ministry for 50 years and is on the Board of Trustees of Harding University. He urged the graduates to strive to know God better, to bring healing to broken people, and to love the work they do.

2016 Graduates

Master of Arts

Daniel Patrick Overton
James Matthew Stalvey

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Stephen Ray Bradshaw
Chais James DiMaggio
Robin Clint Gough
Timothy David Spain
Aaron J. Tremblay

Master of Arts in Counseling

Angela Kennedy Bath
Tiffany Noel France
Cynthia Leah Francis
Riley Benjamen Pate
Elizabeth Marie Vigus

Master of Divinity

Anthony Dale Gleghorn
Joseph Franklin Horton IV
Ross David Kellis
Ryan Replogle

Doctor of Ministry

Phillip Devin Swindle
Todd Nelson Truax

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Bob Turner, a librarian at Harding School of Theology, participated in an unprecedented gathering of archivists, librarians, and historians from all three historical streams of the Stone-Campbell Movement: the Churches of Christ, the Christian Churches and churches of Christ, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Focused on the “Pedagogy of the Archive,” the twenty colloquy participants came from across the country to spend three days in March in Dallas, TX, developing innovative strategies for teaching with historical documents and artifacts from the Stone-Campbell Movement. Topics included the importance of digitization and websites for teaching rare historical materials, and the colloquy concluded with creation of a new online Stone-Campbell Teaching Archive. This digital repository includes instructional images and related tips for teaching the history of the Stone-Campbell Movement, with artifacts from all the traditions and institutions represented at the colloquy.

Colloquy on the Pedagogy of the Archive

Colloquy on the Pedagogy of the Archive

Turner said that he felt privileged to be a part of the conversation and that, “it was good to represent Harding and our significant historical collections.” Regarding the the Stone-Campbell Teaching Archive, he noted its potential by saying, “We have such a rich history. Hopefully this will be a place where we can tell our story in a way that gives voice to all three streams of our tradition. I’m very excited about the future of this project.”

Participants in the colloquy plan an online conference this summer to discuss additional initiatives to support teaching and greater appreciation of the Stone-Campbell movement.

The Colloquy on the Pedagogy of the Archive was supported by a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, which is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and located at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

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HST Adds Distance Option for MA in Counseling

March 14, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter

Students attend class from around the world.

Students attend class from around the world.

Beginning Fall 2016, HST will offer the MA in Counseling and the Certificate in Church Counseling programs to distance students through our streaming live interactive classroom (SLIC). As a distance student, you will remotely attend weekly classes that meet on campus along with local students. You will participate in live class discussions (in real time) along with students in a physical classroom.


Therapy is as much a performing art as it is a social science. Our live streaming format lets us help you develop your therapeutic performance.

– Dr. Kevin Shelby

SLIC uses an online platform that allows you to interact with professors and students more frequently than with traditional online formats. With SLIC, you are on a screen at the front of the class visible to the students and professor. On your monitor at home, you see the classroom as well as the other distance students. When you speak in class, the camera is situated so that the local students are looking right at you, making virtual eye contact. This allows for more nuanced communication as both you and your classmates can see facial expressions and other body language. Responding to a professor’s questions and illustrations or asking your own questions about classroom material is essentially like being in the room.

As a distance student, you are also able to participate in classroom leadership. For example, in many counseling courses students research a topic and present their findings in the classroom. You are able to present slides and videos to the class just as the local students do, receiving immediate feedback from both peers and the professor. Live interaction and immediate feedback allow the professor to help you build the relational skills you need to effectively engage your clients.


Classes meet for a three-hour block of time one day each week on our regular HST schedule. You are present and engaged for the entire class period.

The MA in Counseling includes four one-week-intensive classes on our Memphis campus. This is a total of four weeks in Memphis over the course of your program.

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2016 Pie Auction Set for January 30

January 19, 2016 | Written by Rachel Denzin

Pie Edge

The annual Harding School of Theology Advancement Office and Women for Harding’s Pie Auction is Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Proceeds from this fun-filled event provide scholarships for HST students. The auction will take place at the Church of Christ at White Station (1106 Colonial Road, Memphis, TN). Tickets are $10, and they may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets call 901-432-7723.

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See Greece and Ephesus with Dr. Huffard

November 23, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Tour Greece and Ephesus with Evertt W. Huffard! May 28 – June 6

Huffard-05-webA tour of Greece, a land rich in classical and biblical history, will forever change how you read Acts. Visiting the cities of Philippi, Thessalonica, Athens, Corinth, Crete, and Ephesus gives new insights into the world in which Paul preached the Gospel. Add the beautiful vistas, wonderful Greek food, and times for spiritual reflection to the itinerary and you create memories for a life-time.

Click for details, including itinerary, price, and a registration form.

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The New Testament in the New World – A Tour with Oster and Turner

November 10, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

The New Testament in the New World

A Culturally-Savvy Tour of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia
with Richard Oster and Bob Turner

Join us on a tour of three of America’s most beloved cities: Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. These bustling centers have more than just taxi cabs, famous streets, historic buildings, and greasy food. They also boast museums with some of the most important ancient artifacts in the world, which will help you understand the New Testament like never before. But this tour won’t just drop you off in a massive museum and leave you to make sense of it. Instead, you’ll be led by New Testament guru Richard Oster. He has spent his career studying the ways that various coins, inscriptions, and statues illuminate the message of Scripture.

"Philly042107-014-RockyStatue" by Bobak Ha'Eri - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons -

Philly042107-014-RockyStatue” by Bobak Ha’EriOwn work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0.

Sounds great, right? But not sure you (or your significant other) want to spend a whole week in museums? No problem. We’ll also see each city by bus, take in a Broadway show, offer free time for shopping, and feast on the cuisine that has helped make each city famous. Now that’s an offer you can’t refuse.

Highlights include:

Downloadable Flyer

We’ll fly out on Monday, May 23rd and have you back by Sunday, May 29th. The cost is still being determined.

For more details or to be added to a mailing list for the tour, email Bob Turner.

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