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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.

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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:

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Tentative Schedule

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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Theme for the 2015-2016 Academic Year: The Power of the Spirit

September 23, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

(read the theme article here)

A banner hangs at the front of the chapel reminding us of our special focus for the year.

A banner hangs at the front of the chapel reminding us of our special focus for the year.

Each year HST has a theme for the year. We choose an important doctrine or scriptural theme to study more fully throughout the year. A faculty member writes an article on the theme that appears in the academic catalog, in The Bridge, and on this website. Our chapel sermons and the West Lectures always center on this theme. A banner hangs at the front of the chapel to remind us of our special focus for the year.

The theme for the 2015-2016 academic year is “The Power of the Spirit”. Dr. Mark E. Powell, professor of theology, wrote the theme article, which you may read here. Please join us this year as we reflect on the power of the Spirit in our lives and in the life of the church. We will occasionally provide theme-related resources on this blog and in our quarterly newsletter, The Bridge.

(read the theme article here)

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Dr. Allen Black

Dr. Allen Black

Join the HST community for our annual Convocation Monday, August 24, at 7:00 in the West Center Auditorium on the HST campus. This will be the formal installment of Dr. Allen Black as the new dean of HST, and he will present his inaugural address, with a reception to follow.

Dr. Black became dean July 1 as Dr. Evertt W. Huffard stepped aside after sixteen years as dean to focus more on teaching, writing, and consulting with churches on leadership issues. Black (Ph.D., Emory University) is professor of New Testament at HST and has been on faculty for over 30 years. He teaches the Gospels, Peter’s epistles, and Hebrews, as well as Greek language courses and Advanced New Testament Exegesis.

Convocation is a gathering which represents the official beginning of the academic year at HST. Dress is semi-formal.

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Two Harding Minutes featuring HST

August 4, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Each month Harding President Dr. Bruce McLarty presents a two minute video highlighting one or two aspects of Harding University’s mission and life. The August 2015 edition features HST. Join Dr. McLarty as he shares how God has used HST to impact the church worldwide.

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15th Annual Run for the Son to be September 19

July 21, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Grand Marshall Don Meredith at the 14th Run

Grand Marshall Don Meredith at the 14th Run

We are excited (and think it’s only fitting) to hold Harding School of Theology’s fifteenth run this year in 2015! The 15th Annual Run for the Son 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2015. Registration will begin at 7:00 AM, and the race will start at 8:00 AM. The starting and ending locations of the race are at HST (1000 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117). The course runs through the beautiful neighborhood surrounding HST in the heart of East Memphis.

Registration for this event is $12 in advance (either online or by mail) or $15 on the race day. Participants will receive a race t-shirt and a goody bag. Runners and walkers across the Mid-South come back each year to enjoy the camaraderie, competition, comfy t-shirts, and cool gift bags that have made Run for the Son a favorite Memphis race for many. There is even an ongoing competition between the HST faculty and students, which leaves spectators casting lots to determine the winner entertained. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate!

Run for the Son is sponsored by the Harding School of Theology Advancement Office and Women for Harding. The purpose of this event is to raise scholarship funds for HST students. For more information about the race, you can contact the HST Advancement Office at 901-432-7723 or We look forward to seeing you on race day!

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Summer School Begins, Huffard Chapel Talk

June 9, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Our summer of intensive courses began today with three courses, Advanced Theological Research, taught by Mr. Meredith, Counseling Skills, taught by Dr. Gray, and Major Prophets, taught by Dr. Youngblood. 29 students are in these three classes, including six who are on campus for the first time.

Dr. Huffard spoke in chapel, and you’ll find his chapel talk below. As always, students, faculty, and staff shared lunch in the Hospitality Room after chapel. These lunches are always a blessing as the students share a little about their ministry work. This week’s students work in Massachusetts, Indiana, Texas, Colorado, Mississippi, all over Arkansas and Tennessee, and even Botswana, Tanzania, and Mozambique. These students are preachers, missionaries, campus ministers, youth ministers, teachers, and more. Some are just beginning their journey of ministry, and others are seasoned veterans.

It is always inspiring to hear how God is at work in people and congregations around the world. Join us in praying for these students this week as they deepen their faith and gain new resources for serving the Lord.

Enjoy Dr. Huffard’s chapel talk:

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Presenting the Class of 2015

May 22, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Master of Arts

Brandon L. Moore

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Randy Steven Hohf
Lance Wade Love
Jesse L. Warren

Master of Arts in Counseling

Eric Walker Allen
Benjamin Paul Brownfield
Nathaniel Seth Hudson
Jessica C. Mays
Barbara Ann Pruitt
Benjamin Roberts III
Eric G. Suddeath
Leah Ashley Walker

Master of Divinity

Tim Alsup
Patrick Glen Barber
Steven Tramel Gaines
Bryan Henderson Greene
Cristopher Keith May
Nathan Michael Myers
Timothy Stephen Pate

Doctor of Ministry

Herbert Dale Hartman
Robert G. O’Lynn II

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Reflections on Being Dean for Sixteen Years

May 8, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

Editor’s Note: Dr. Huffard is stepping aside July 1 after sixteen years as dean of HST. Dr. Allen Black will be the new dean. Dr. Huffard offered these thoughts May 7, 2015, in the last chapel of his last semester as dean.

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Student President Frank Bolling leads worship
Dr. Black prays for the Huffards
Reflections on Being Dean for Sixteen Years

Evertt W. Huffard

A preacher once began with the wrong sentence: “I have so much to say I do not know where to start” to which someone quickly spoke up — “How about somewhere close to the end?” I feel that way today. There is so much to say I will have to start close to the end.

I have settled for five reflections, starting with the one most connected to our theme of the year.

  1. The Deans office has been a place of prayer. I prayed often for and with faculty, staff and students. One way in which God has answered prayers, many prayers, has been in the hiring process. When we are seeking faculty or staff we seek God’s assistance because we cannot create the candidates at the time we need them. During my tenure as administrator I have witnessed how God has faithfully and overwhelmingly blessed us with gifted spiritual colleagues. Here is a list of people that were not here when I began 16 years ago that God sent to bless us: Brenda Curtis, Jeannie Alexander, Daphne Logan, Matt Carter, Vernon Perry [whose prayers may have been more earnest than mine!], Mark Powell, Carlus Gupton, Kevin Shelby, Sheila Owen, and Bob Turner. I shifted Steve McLeod to the role he has filled so effectively—so I consider him a “rehire.” I also initiated the process for Jim Martin to join us. If you add to this the daily prayers from Jane Thomlinson and host of prayers with students, we can only give all the honor to God for faithfully responding and guiding.
  2. Many roles in life choose you, you don’t choose them. For example, becoming a shepherd in a church is not a role you choose for yourself, the church chooses you. A good shepherd rises to the call of the church to lead. Being a dean is similar. This was never my “dream job,” it might be for someone out there but not me. However, I have felt called and blessed to use the gifts God has given me to serve the mission of the school. There is a sense that the dean of HST stands between the mission of the university and the church it seeks to serve. It is because of the church I serve. It has been an honor to serve and continue the vision of equipping others for service in the kingdom in this special well.
  3. Discerning the will of God is a never ending, ongoing process, even if you feel called to your work and it matches your gifts. In any leadership role, you will soon find yourself on the frontier of your gifts, seeking ways to extend them. I have been influenced by Rom. 12:2—“but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” A contemporary author like Novelist William Faulkner would say it this way: “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” There have been many times as an administrator that I lost sight of the shore to move us to new horizons. I have been stretched, really stretched, and God has been faithful.
  4. Timing is important. Mark Twain was born shortly after a visit by Halley’s Comet, and he predicted that he would “go out with it,” too. He died the day after the comet returned.

    Timing also falls within God’s will—especially when it is time to change what you are doing. There is a lesson to learn from Hezekiah. When God says it is time to go, GO! Hezekiah became deathly ill, Isaiah told him to get his house in order for he would not recover (2 Kings 20:1). Hezekiah prayed to the LORD, appealing to God’s faithfulness and his good record, he wept bitterly. So before Isaiah could get out of the courtyard of the kings palace, the LORD sent him back in to the king to let him know God will give him 15 more years. WHAT A MISTAKE! He could have ended well. But no, in the extended time he jeopardized all the treasures of the temple when envoys from Babylon came, and he had a son that became king (at 12) and totally destroyed all the good his dad has done. The extended time did not honor God, Hezekiah or Judah. He failed the moment he sought what was best for himself rather than what was best for Judah.

    Over the past couple of years I have had the conviction that it was time for me to make a change. The “Huffard push-pull” theory applies to me as well. Those I have mentored know what I am talking about. In short, if you are pushed but not pulled to leave a place, it is probably time to endure suffering and not run. I had several of those days! If you are pulled, but not pushed, by invitations to other places, it is probably the time to put your ego back into the file and humbly stay the course. I have had several of those months! If both, then it may be time to listen and do what you still may not want to do. God often has to nudge us out of one thing to make of available for what he wants us to do.

  5. God is generous and has blessed HST with deans who have been faithful to their calling. I feel a little like that workers who came later in the day in the parable of the laborers in the vineyard but were paid the same as those who worked all day (Mt. 20:15). Previous deans (first three had no computers or email or central air-conditioning or an endowment!) could complain about how easy I have had it. On the other hand, I can appreciate their contribution to who we are as a school. In the spirit of Hebrews 13:7-[“Remember your leaders, those who spoke the Word of God to you, consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”] I want to reflect on their impact on all of us.
  • W. B. West, Jr – was dean 1958-1972; with degrees from Lipscomb, ACU, USC (ThD in NT in 1943) the pioneer of graduate education in the churches of Christ, starting the program at Pepperdine as well as ours. We often heard him say, at this time of the semester especially–“Hoe your row to the end.” Convinced Jack Lewis to come. Convinced Annie May Alston to come. He defended graduate education in an era of strong anti-education in churches. The school had a small library down stairs, one phone in the building, and only one building on campus. He dreamed of writing a book on Revelation. He called me several times and convinced me to come to HST as a student and after I came as a faculty in 1987 he inquired several times if I would go back to Pepperdine. When I became dean the first challenge was to do something with 20,000 of his books that were willed to the school. I took his class on Corinthians and appreciated his love for the Word and stories of scholars and a large network.
  • Harold Hazelip—dean 1972-1986; with degrees from Lipscomb, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1958) and U. of Iowa (1967). He had four jobs—dean, teaching, preaching at Highland, and Herald of Truth. He gave us national exposure. His sermon on the “Impossible Dream” in the Hazelip Sermon Archives became a classic. He and Baxter influenced a new style of preaching—speaking the truth softly in love. I took one of his classes as a student and remember the new insights he gave us on the doctrine and theology. We have recently digitized more than 600 of his sermons. When he moved to become president of Lipscomb it created a chain reaction that caused about 6 people to change their jobs. Slate became dean and I moved here to teach missions.
  • Philip Slate—dean 1986-1992; came as a missionary from England with degrees from Lipscomb, HST (MA, 1961) and Fuller (D.Miss 1976). I was his first MA thesis and worked with him at the Park Avenue Church of Christ, which was a great ministry experience for me. He became an effective advocate expository preaching as a way to do more justice to the text than topic preaching. I had him for several classes and the one foundational concept I have used most has been his definition of the goal of Christian missions: make the message know, seek a valid decision of faith, and work for persistence in faith. Encouraged me to continue with the PhD at Fuller, for which I have been most grateful.
  • Bill Flatt—dean 1993-1999; degrees from Tennessee Tech, HST (MRE 1962), University of Memphis (EdD 1973). He had served as Registrar for many years and he was the right one to lead us through the crisis of the tragic fire in mansion that took more than a year to rebuild. He equipped preachers with skills counseling and managing grief. It was during his tenure that we completed our ATS accreditation.

With the time limitations of chapel, I pray these reflections will bless you with insights as you go through critical boundary events of life with a commitment to seek God’s will and use your gifts to His honor and glory. God is faithful.

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Hawley Appointed to Teach Hebrew Bible

January 15, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter



Harding School of Theology Vice President Jim Martin announced January 7 Lance Hawley’s appointment to teach Old Testament / Hebrew Bible at HST. Hawley will begin teaching Fall 2015.

A 2003 alumnus of HST, Hawley has a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies and secondary education from York College, a Master of Divinity from HST, and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Bible from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible at UWM.

He has previously taught classes at UWM including elementary biblical Hebrew, prophets of the Bible, and introduction to biblical literature. In addition to holding various leadership roles within churches and other organizations, Hawley has received numerous academic awards and honors.

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