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56th Annual Commencement May 17, 10:00

May 9, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Harding School of Theology will graduate twenty-eight students at the 56th Annual Commencement. The ceremony is Saturday, May 17th, at 10:00 in the Auditorium of the W.B. West, Jr. Center on the HST campus.

Dr. Jim Martin, Vice-President of Harding School of Theology, will deliver the commencement address. Dr. Harold Redd, minister at the Midtown Church of Christ in Memphis will address the graduates on behalf of the Harding University Board of Trustees. Dr. David Burks, Chancellor of Harding University, will confer the degrees.

Join HST in honoring our graduates and praying God’s blessings on their lives and their Christian service.

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New Digital Archive Makes Hazelip’s Sermons Available Online

April 29, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

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Dr. Harold Hazelip, Dean of Harding School of Theology 1972-1986, taught courses in preaching, theology, missions, and ministry. His ministry spread far and wide as he preached on radio and TV programs, such as Herald of Truth (1972-1992), for over 30 years and wrote many articles for 21st Century Christian, Upreach, and other journals.

Hazelip served as President (1986-1997) and Chancelor (1997-2007) and is now President Emeritus of Lipscomb University. He also serves as Minister of Christian Formation at the Harpeth Hills Church of Christ.

The Harold Hazelip Sermon Archive provides free access to every sermon that Hazelip preached at the Highland Street Church of Christ in Memphis from 1972-1985. This collection of over 500 sermons is a modest, yet significant, portion of Hazelip’s legacy of ministry. Click to listen to these sermons.

Access to this collection was made possible by Dr. Miley Walker, Harding School of Theology, and Highland Church of Christ.

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HST to Honor Lewis on his 95th Birthday

March 12, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

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March 22, 2014, HST will honor Dr. Jack P. Lewis on the occasion of his 95th birthday at our annual Leadership Council Dinner. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Our special guest speaker will be Randy Harris, and a video of Lewis’ colleagues and special friends will be shown. Lewis’ books will be available for purchase at the dinner.

Lewis has set the standard for academic excellence at HST. Born in Texas, he attended Abilene Christian University and Sam Houston State Teachers’ College and earned Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University and Hebrew Union College. He has received numerous fellowship grants and was the Thayer Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, in 1967-68 and Senior Fellow there in 1983-84. Lewis taught Bible courses at Harding University and HST for 50 years. He has served in local work with churches in Texas, Rhode Island and Kentucky and continues to serve as an elder of the White Station Church of Christ in Memphis.

The goal of the dinner honoring Lewis is to raise $95,000. One half of the amount raised will be added to the Lewis Scholars Endowed Scholarship fund, which provides for students designated as Lewis Scholars. The other half will be added to the annual scholarship fund for currently enrolled students. Please show your appreciation to Dr. Lewis with a gift to HST of $95. Send your gift to:

HST Advancement
1000 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117

You may also make an online pledge.

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Run for the Son Set for May 3

February 13, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

20130323-_DSC0098The 14th Annual 5k Run/1 Mile Fun Walk is set for Saturday, May 3, 2014. This event, sponsored by the Associated Women for Harding and the Harding School of Theology Advancement Office, raises funds to provide scholarships for HST students. All participants receive a race T-shirt and a goody bag. Registration is $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

20130323-_DSC0386All are welcome from the most serious runners to the slowest walkers. The race begins at 8 AM at the HST campus (registration begins at 7:00). The students look to defend their title in the Students vs. Faculty “Silver Shoe” competition.

20130323-_DSC0098For more information, call the HST Advancement office at (901)761-1355 or email.

Race registration is available online with the form below. A downloadable brochure with a paper form will be available soon.

You may also register and submit your $12/person early race registration online here.

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Annual Pie Auction January 25

January 14, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

pie-logoJoin HST donors, along with students, faculty, and staff, to support the Associated Women for Harding’s Annual Soup and Chili Supper and Pie Auction! Enjoy fabulous homemade soups and chilies, then bid on scrumptious homemade pies. The pie auction is always one of the most popular and fun fund-raising events each year for the HST community. In addition to the pies, this year also features a silent auction where you can bid on some beautiful items.

pieAll proceeds, including the full ticket price, provide scholarships for Harding University and HST students.

The supper begins at 6:00 and will be at the Church of Christ at White Station (1106 Colonial Dr. ).

Tickets are $10, and are available by calling 901-761-1355 or at the door.

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Holiday Hours at HST

November 25, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

HST offices and the library will be close at 5:00 Tuesday afternoon (11/26) for the Thanksgiving Holiday, and will re-open Monday (12/2).

HST offices and the library will be closed 12/23 through 1/1 for the Christmas break.

HST offices and the library will be closed Monday, 1/21, for the Dr. King holiday.

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Sanderson Reflects on the HST Alma Mater

November 19, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

sandersonLeon Sanderson recently reflected on the composition of the HST Alma Mater.

An alma mater is written to recognize a school providing training and growth for life ahead. The graduate school of Harding with its beginning in Searcy in 1954 has a rich heritage out of which this process has occurred for more than 1200 students. With the desire to affirm and celebrate the service of Harding School of Theology, Bill Flatt, Don Kinder and Leon Sanderson set out to write an honoring piece.

The concept at the beginning was to consider the work of HST as a pebble in a lake that produces ever-widening circles. The stanzas speak of the vision of the founding fathers lived out through commitment and Christian service world-wide. After review, Carisse Berryhill captured this focus in the phrase, “to seek, to learn, to be.” The opening notes of the piece mirror the Harding University Alma Mater written by L. O. Sanderson. The “foothills of the Ozarks” are reflected in the “banks of the river.” [Mississippi river] The chorus opens in majestic unison with recognition of God and our relationship with Him, “O God you are our God.” These words make clear the importance of theology in the school’s name. Thus a song is born to describe and perpetuate this distinguished institution.

Read the lyrics or download the sheet music.

Sanderson earned the M.R.E. (1963), M.Div. (1988), and D.Min. (2007) from HST. He was named Alumnus of the Year in 2008, and currently serves as the president of the HST Alumni Association.

He serves as associate minister at the Church of Christ at White Station in Memphis.

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Theological Libraries Month

October 31, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

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The HST library polished off Theological Libraries Month by hosting a costume party with a catch: all costumes had to reflect a person or concept found in a book in the HST library. There was plenty to choose from, with the HST library holding thousands of books including Biblical study, theology, archaeology, church history, counseling, missions, preaching, ministry, biography and more. Bible characters, various Romans and restorationists, and some interesting concepts dropped in for refreshments and fellowship.

If you act now, you can catch a few of the pictures on the HST Library Twitter feed.

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summersChaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Michael Waymon Summers, M.Th. ’82, has been an army chaplain for more than 20 years. He has served in Germany, Croatia, Afghanistan, and several US Army Posts. In mid-July, the Adjutant General of Georgia appointed Summers the Joint Forces Headquarters (State) Chaplain for the Georgia Department of Defense. This means that he is the supervising chaplain for the Georgia Air and Army National Guard.

“I did not plan to be a military chaplain, but the degree here prepared and qualified me. I could not have been a military chaplain without the preparation I received at HST. Particularly, the rigorous training in research in Biblical studies and the equipping in counseling helped prepare me for specific tasks I have encountered.” – Michael Waymon Summers

Summers is also providing a Call for Fire seminar for churches about learning to pray from the prayers of the Bible.

Summers is married to Morrisa Watson Summers, who is a current student at HST.

Connect with Michael on Facebook.

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Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Award Missions Lunch

September 23, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Steve Cate and Gordon Hogan were on campus Thursday, September 19, to visit with Beng Chuan Tan, the inaugural recipient of the Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Endowment. Brother Cate gave a brief introduction in chapel, then the three men hosted a brown bag lunch to share their experience with HST students.

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Tan, Cate, Hogan

Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Endowment

The Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Endowment honors the efforts of longtime missionaries Steve and Jeannie Cate in Indonesia, and Gordon and Jane Hogan in Singapore by providing a sabbatical for a church leader or missionary in Asia. The recipient spends a semester at HST taking classes and participating in the Harding University Lectureship and other events.

Beng Chuan Tan

Beng Chuan Tan is spending this semester at HST taking courses, visiting with local ministers and churches, and traveling to meet with church leaders in other parts of the country. Beng Chuan has served as an elder for seven years and is preparing for a staff ministry role at the Pasir Panjang Church of Christ in Singapore. The Pasir Panjang church is known for involvement in missions, with many members participating in short-term projects in various parts of Asia.

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