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Spring 2015 Church Audits

December 3, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Spring 2015 church audit courses made specially available to members of supporting congregations for an audit fee of $25 per course. These are the same graduate courses taken with credit students.

HST offers a variety of courses in ministry and theology, and we try to make as wide a range as possible to our church auditors. These are the upcoming church audit courses. Click the course name for the syllabus, and the professors name for information about the professor.

To register for a church audit course, click here.

mark.powell.2The Trinity and Christian Spirituality: Dr. Mark E. Powell
Tuesday, 6-7:30 pm, January 20 – May 12.

Dr. Mark E. Powell has recently released a book, Centered in God: The Trinity and Christian Spirituality. This one-credit course explores this doctrine that is so central to the Christian faith in a way that will help Christians not only understand more about God, but will help them grow closer to God. Dr. Powell created this course with church auditors in mind.

Huffard-05-webMulticultural Ministry: Dr. Evertt W. Huffard
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:45, January 22 – May 14.

Dr. Huffard has cross-cultural experiences as a missionary to Muslims in Israel and in inner-city ministry in LA. He combines this personal experience with academic preparation in teaching multicultural ministry. Building on a biblical theology of diversity, hospitality, reconciliation, and inclusion, this course will study issues of leadership, worship, and evangelism in a multicultural church. Models of multicultural churches will be surveyed. Application to various ministries will be experienced through a field education experience and case studies.

The church audit program serves members of 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 – any member of a supporting congregation can attend the same graduate courses as credit students and learn from world class professors for next to nothing!

How do I participate?

To help your congregation join this program, contact the Advancement Office at HSTadvancement@hst.edu or by calling 901-761-1355.

Click here to register for a course.

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HST Prof. Mark Powell Releases New Book

October 31, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

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Congratulations to HST Theology professor Dr. Mark E. Powell on the publication of his new book, Centered in God: The Trinity and Christian Spirituality (available here through the HST Amazon store). This book introduces Christianity’s most central belief, the doctrine of the Trinity, by exploring how the Trinity shapes key aspects of Christian faith and spirituality.
In the early church the Trinitarian vision of God was foundational for Christian identity, unity, and spirituality. For many Christians today, however, the Trinity is viewed as unreasonable and impractical. What exactly is the doctrine of the Trinity, and why is it so central to Christian faith and life?

From the book’s cover:

We have an abundant supply of books on the Trinity that only professional theologians can understand. Mark Powell’s Centered in God is quite different: a book on the Trinity—“the Christian vision of God,” as he rightly puts it—that an ordinary Christian can easily understand and profit from. Powell’s special achievement is to show clearly how the Trinitarian vision of God can shape the whole Christian life and everyone’s journey of faith. Scripturally rich, theologically accurate, and spiritually perceptive, this book is a tremendous resource not only for pastors, teachers, and students, but for all Christians who want to deepen their relationship with God.

Bruce D. Marshall
Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Centered in God is an accessible introduction to the Trinitarian vision of God and its implications for the Christian life. It not only presents the doctrine of the Trinity as formulated by the early church, but also leads readers to know and worship the Trinity, and live in light of the Christian understanding of God. Further, it proposes that recovering the central place of the Trinity could lead to theological and spiritual renewal in the church today.

More than an introduction to the Trinity, Centered in God is a primer on Christian faith and spirituality that will deepen your walk with God.


Dr. Powell is Associate Professor of Theology at HST and also preaches at Cordova Community Church of Christ. He has taught at HST since 2002. His previous book, Papal Infallibility: A Protestant Evaluation of an Ecumenical Issue, is the only book-length study on the subject from a non-Catholic scholar in the past century.

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Huffard to step down in July, Black appointed next Dean

October 27, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Evertt W. Huffard

Dr. Evertt W. Huffard

Dr. Evertt Huffard, dean of Harding School of Theology, today announced his decision to resign from the position effective June 30, 2015, according to a statement by Dr. Jim Martin, vice president for HST. Huffard will continue to teach at the school on a part-time basis.

President Bruce McLarty of Harding University announced that Dr. Allen Black, professor of New Testament at HST, will become the new dean of the school beginning July 1.

Huffard served as dean since 1999. He joined the faculty in 1987. Black has been a member of the faculty since 1983.

“I appreciate so much the leadership Dr. Huffard has provided for the school during his 15-year tenure as dean,” McLarty said. “He has been a phenomenal leader for HST and is loved and respected by faculty and students alike.

“Dr. Black becomes the seventh dean of our graduate theology program. Because of his academic background and his long association with the school, he was an obvious choice for the dean’s position,” McLarty said. “I am confident he will continue to provide the strong leadership that is so characteristic of the deans who have preceded him.”

Huffard, a 1971 Harding University alumnus, holds the Bachelor of Arts degree and received both the Master of Arts and the Master of Theology degrees from the School of Theology. He received the Ph.D. in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1985.

He has held ministry positions with several Memphis churches including the Park Avenue Church of Christ, the Quince Road Church of Christ, and the Church of Christ at White Station.

Dr. Allen Black

Dr. Allen Black

Black holds degrees from Freed-Hardeman University, Harding University, the School of Theology and Emory University where he received the Ph.D. in 1985.

For approximately 30 years he has served as part-time minister of adult education at the Highland Church of Christ in Memphis.

Among Black’s writings are two commentaries in the College Press NIV New Testament series — one on the Gospel of Mark and one on 1 Peter.

Harding School of Theology is an outgrowth of graduate studies in religion that began on Harding University’s Searcy, Arkansas campus in 1952. An extension program offering courses in Memphis was begun in 1955. In 1958, the University’s board of trustees officially expanded the Memphis program into a branch campus of the school.

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West Lectures by Randy Harris Available Online

October 22, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

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The 2014 West Lectures delivered by Randy Harris are now available to listen online or download.

Knowing God: St. John of the Cross Meets Dallas Willard

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Randy Harris to Speak at West Lectures October 19

October 14, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Randy HarrisRandy Harris, HST alum and instructor at Abilene Christian University, will be the featured speaker at the 2014 W.B. West Lectures. The lectures are Sunday evening October 19 in the auditorium of the W. B. West, Jr. Center at Harding School of Theology.

The West Lectures are an annual event focused on each year’s theme. The 2014-2015 HST theme is “A Life of Prayer”, which makes Harris a natural fit for the program. His lessons are:

  • 7:00 Knowing God: St. John of the Cross Meets Dallas Willard
  • 8:00 Postmodern Christian Mysticism???

Harris will share dialogue with HST students on Monday, then speak at our 11:00 chapel assembly.

All events are free. The Sunday lectures and Monday chapel are open to the public.

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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.

allen.black.2Gospel 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 HSTadvancement@hst.edu 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.

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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