Category: News and Events
August 21, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
Chapel is a special time of worship and fellowship at Harding School of Theology. HST students, faculty, and staff get together for praise, prayer, and a message from God’s word. Because we are a small, graduate-student-only campus, there are many opportunities for students to participate. In fact, chapel is coordinated by the Student Association Vice President.
Speakers for chapel include faculty, staff, students, and guests. Students in preaching classes will deliver sermons on assigned topics. A highlight this past Spring was having faculty members share their spiritual journey. At times, guests will speak via Skype from distant locations.
Chapel meets in the Pittman Chapel 11:00 – 11:30 each day with morning classes. During the typical week chapel is Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and daily during intensive weeks.
July 16, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
HST is offering three enticing church audit courses for Fall 2013. 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.
Fall 2013 Church Audits
Mondays, 6-8:45 pm, August 19 – December 9.
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 involves a survey of principles, methods and practical aspects of developing and maintaining a missions ministry in a local church.
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:45 pm, August 22 – December 12.
The purpose of this course is to involve students in the exegesis of selected texts of Acts as well as give them a general knowledge of the content of Acts, of critical “introductory topics,” and of important theological/doctrinal issues.
This course meets in the one-week-intensive format, October 7-12. Class meets Monday-Friday 8:15-4:00 and Saturday 9:00-noon.
This course surveys the American Restoration Movement from its beginnings with Thomas and Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, and Walter Scott (1800-1830s) through the turbulent years of division (1870-1920s) to the contemporary church of Christ, giving attention to both historical circumstances and theological development
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.
June 17, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
Dr. Phil McMillion will shift from full time to adjunct status this fall. He has taught Old Testament courses at HST for over 20 years. This fitting tribute from Nathan Myers, Master of Divinity student, expresses the respect and appreciation we share for Dr. McMillion.
As Dr. Phil McMillion’s time as professor of Old Testament comes to an end, he leaves a legacy that I am blessed to have been a part of, even if for a short time. I have had the privilege to take several classes with Dr. McMillion, including an archaeology class in Greece and Israel May 2011. I distinctly remember one of
his favorite phrases, which he would repeat in every class from behind that ever-present mustache of his: “The Old Testament still has much to say to us today.”
One must look no further than his teaching and his life to know that he, without a doubt, believes this to be true. Dr. McMillion strives to make known the inestimable value and richness of the Old Testament, which still speaks today with illumination and power to the Christian life and community of faith. More than that, he lives it. If the heart of the Old Testament presents a God who engages and relentlessly pursues his creation and his people with the character described in Psalm 86:5 (to name one of several occurrences), then Dr. McMillion certainly is “a man after God’s own heart.” His commitment to biblical scholarship, his teaching excellence, and his gentle and compassionate spirit will be sorely missed. It has been an honor to learn under him and to follow the example of a man who reflects the words of Psalm 1:
“Blessed is the man whose pleasure lies in YHWH’s law and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which produces its fruit in season, and its leaves do not wither — he makes everything that he does thrive.”
This tribute appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of The Bridge.
June 3, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
Dr. Jim Martin, a Waco, Texas, minister, was selected to become the vice president of Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tenn.
The announcement was made today by Dr. Bruce D. McLarty, Harding’s president. Martin will assume his new position Jan. 1, 2014. He will succeed Dr. Evertt W. Huffard, who will remain as dean.
Martin is currently the pulpit minister at the Crestview Church of Christ in Waco, Texas, a position he has held since 1993. He has also served congregations in Kansas City, Mo., and Florence, Ala.
In making the announcement of the appointment, McLarty said, “Jim Martin brings a solid background in business, ministry and education to the unique task of leading Harding School of Theology. He has close ties with churches and preachers all across the country. I can’t imagine a better fit for this position. I am thrilled that he has decided to join the administrative team at Harding University.”
At Harding School of Theology, Martin will lead an administrative team including the dean, the director of advancement and the director of admissions. He will also oversee the business office and facilities of the campus.
As vice president for the Memphis campus, Martin will be a member of the president’s cabinet.
Martin holds baccalaureate degrees from University of North Texas and International Bible College. He received two master’s degrees from Abilene Christian University. He received the D.Min. degree from Harding School of Theology in 1988. In 2011 and 2013 he was an adjunct professor at HST.
He currently serves on the board of directors of the Christian Scholarship Foundation, as a mentoring partner for Hope Network Ministries, and as one of six “community leaders” managing Michael Hyatt’s leadership blog, the second-most read leadership blog in the nation.
(from a Harding University Press Release, 6/3/13)
May 21, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
HST graduated 25 students (26 degrees!) Saturday, May 18. Dr. David B. Burks, who is retiring after 26 years as president of Harding University, delivered the commencement address. Dr. Allen Black, Professor of New Testament, gave the message from the faculty, and President-Designate Dr. Bruce McLarty offered the benediction. Dr. Leon Sanderson, President of the HST Alumni Association, served as worship leader.
There were many highlights of the day, but two stand out.
First, Quintin Baker, an HST student who passed away last summer at the age of 26, was honored with a Certificate of Recognition. His family was present and Patrick Baker, Quintin’s father, addressed the graduates and their families with a message of hope at the luncheon following commencement.
Second, Kyle Hooper graduated with the Master of Divinity. Kyle’s father and grandfather are also HST alumni, which makes Kyle the first third-generation student to graduate from HST.
And now, the class of 2013:
Master of Arts
The Master of Arts is an academically focused degree with a thesis requirement.
Glenn R. Hawley
James Andrew Sowers
John Paul Suchecki
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
The MACM is a specialized degree focusing on a specific ministry area such as church planting, missions, or youth ministry.
Alan T. Arneson
Stephan Mark Connors
Christine Lynette Parker
Joe Thomas Spivy, Jr.
Master of Arts in Counseling
The MA in Counseling degree fulfills the educational requirement to sit for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for the state of Tennessee.
Jessi R. Berger
David Edwin Mars
James Michael Piiparinen
Anastasia R. Randolph
Master of Divinity
The M.Div. degree is a broad degree (84 semester hours) that prepares students for a lifetime of ministry and leadership.
Gary Franklin Baird
Minku Andrew Chang
Chase Brandon Froud
Charles E. Fulbright, Jr.
Dennis Kyle Hooper
Chauncey Smith Hopkins
Craig M. Poole
Lewis Edward Short, III
James Andrew Sowers
Doctor of Ministry
The D.Min. degree builds on the work of the M.Div. and gives ministers even greater skills for their particular area of ministry. The dissertation focuses on an area of their current ministry setting.
Matthew Wayne Morine
Ryan Donald Richardson
Thomas Shannon Snow
April 24, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
Many life experiences feature rites of passage that help a group transition from one phase to the next. These rites aren’t always pleasant, but they are essential for training us for the next stage in life. Most of us enjoy driving, but few relish days spent in driver’s training. High school football was fun, but summer’s two-a-days were not. Our affection for our first paycheck surpassed our love for the first Monday we awoke to the blare of an early alarm. We endure the rites because they put us into position to flourish during our experiences.
The memory of many students of the Harding School of Theology is etched with the red ink of one common rite of passage: the 5990 Advanced Theological Research course. The iconic Annie May Lewis served as the chief architect of the class, but since 1983 it has been the craft of her prized-mentee, Don Meredith.
Last week, head librarian Don Meredith received the Teacher Achievement Award from Harding University. The award, no doubt, honored his time spent teaching the class, which he has offered nearly every semester since 1983. But it also honored the way that he has used the class as a rite of passage into the rest of the program. When students reflect about their time at HST, they often share stories of their term papers from that first class, which are still wet with red ink from Meredith’s famous multi-colored pen. Like the soldiers who fought with Henry V on St. Crispin’s Day, survivors of 5990 can count themselves the “few, we happy few, we band of brothers.”
This band of brothers and sisters thanks you, Mr. Meredith, for giving us the tools we needed to become the students we wanted to be.
March 25, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
Dr. Richard Oster‘s long-awaited commentary on Revelation 1-3 is now available for order. You may order the commentary from his blog, 7 Subversive Letters. From Oster’s comments on the writing process:
The decision I made a few years ago to do a more thorough job of integrating the text of Revelation with theological trajectories from the Hebrew Scriptures and Intertestamental Judaism meant I had to slow down and incorporate and quote not only more Jewish texts, but also a small fraction of secondary literature.
Those who know my other publications are aware that I do not believe that the early church existed within a historical vacuum, devoid of significant interaction with its pagan environment. This belief requires the incorporation of primary sources, e.g., Graeco-Roman literature, inscriptions, coins, papyri, and architecture. Even if readers of this commentary feel comfortable with the settings and theological perspectives of sacred writers such as Jeremiah or Zechariah, they might not be as comfortable with and knowledgeable of Greek and Latin authors such as Aelius Aristides and Apuleius or, to move beyond the literary elite, Anatolian inscriptions or Roman numismatics. My decision to not only reference Graeco-Roman sources but to also quote them at times and to supply some secondary literature certainly required a significant increase of time, energy, and pages.
In addition to the expansion into Jewish materials, both canonical and non-canonical, and into Graeco-Roman sources, a third area also retarded earlier goals for completion. So many impediments stand in the way of our hearing John as he intended to be heard that the task is always extensive and labyrinthine. Some assistance can be provided by visual materials that literally bring the ancient world to light. So, I have attempted to use some images in the book to enhance the reader’s appreciation for the world of John and his first readers, an effort with a steep learning curve both for me and the publisher.
Congratulations, Dr. Oster!
To order, click here and click on the book cover in the right sidebar.
March 1, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
Each student at HST shares a common story. Each comes to HST to drink deeply from God’s word in preparation for – and often in the middle of – a lifetime of service.
But each student also has an individual story. God gifts our students in different ways, and gives them a passion for various ministry callings. Many are preparing to preach in a congregation. Others are passionate about mission work, counseling, or youth or campus ministry. This issue of The Bridge sheds a little light on scholars, missionaries, and leaders.
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.
February 20, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter
You will meet the faculty and staff who will help them succeed and tour our campus, including our fabulous library. Our tour will end in our beautiful chapel, where we will have an opportunity to talk about the admissions process and financial aid. If you turn in an application for admission at the event, we will waive your $40/$50 application fee!
You will enjoy a catered dinner seated at a table with a professor in your area of interest. This is a great time to learn more about your field of study and see if we are a good choice to help you get where God is taking you. Please RSVP so that we have a spot for you at the right table.
After dinner, you will have three options:
1. Join a church history course taught by Dr. Mark Powell
2. Sit in on “Addictions and Violence in Families” with Professor George Tsirgiotis
3. Participate in a panel discussion with current HST students who will take your questions
The evening will wrap up with final thoughts and questions.
For further details and to RSVP, please visit the experience page.