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As I Remember It – Dr. Lewis’ Autobiography

October 19, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

The name Jack Lewis is synonymous with biblical scholarship among members of churches of Christ. He was one of the original professors of HST, and was largely responsible for setting the academic bar high.

In his autobiography, “As I Remember It,” Dr. Jack tells his story beginning with his boyhood in a small Texas town to his academic pursuits at Abilene Christian University, Harvard University and Hebrew Union, as well as his experiences as a local preacher and a long-time instructor at Harding School of Theology. As a scholar, a writer, a mentor, a family man and a committed Christian, Jack Lewis has lived a life the reader will also want to remember.

Dr. Jack will have a book signing at 3:30, October 28, in the Children’s Worship Center of the Church of Christ at White Station (1106 Colonial Road in Memphis). You may purchase the book at the signing or buy direct from Gospel Advocate at 800-251-8446. $24.99 + shipping and handling. All profits go to the HST Library, which Dr. Lewis has supported for decades.

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HST Library Goes the Distance

September 28, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

As HST continues to expand its efforts to make education available to more students through distance education, the library has kept pace by providing services to this our distance students. In the 2011-12 academic year, our librarians met nearly 400 student requests for materials. They posted 75 books in the mail, in addition to sending nearly 1,000 articles as PDF e-mail attachments, totaling over 20,000 pages. All this comes at a time when more materials are available online, both on the free web and through our paid subscriptions to databases like the ATLA Religion Database, PsychInfo, PsychArticles, and many others. All these digital services complement the physical collection of books on our Cherry Road campus. Overall, this means that HST students, even at a distance, have access to more materials than ever before.

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Action Packed Thursday: September 13

September 10, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

Thursday, September 13, will be an action packed day on the HST campus.

CUDA Chapel and Reception

At 11:00, we’ll have a special chapel and reception in the library. Greg and Megan McKinzie are visiting from Peru, and we want to raise awareness about their work there, most notably CUDA.

CUDA is a non-governmental, non-profit, faith-based organization that empowers vulnerable communities in urban Peru to overcome cycles of poverty. Our vision of justice, wellbeing, and joy in the city leads us to promote physical, psychological, social, and spiritual wellbeing through projects in the areas of education, health, finance, and the environment. (Website)

Campus Experience

The Fall 2012 campus experience is also on Thursday, from 3:00-8:00. Prospective students are invited to come meet our community, get to know the campus, and share a meal with students, faculty, and alumni. For full details and to RSVP for dinner, please visit this page.

If you’d like to visit the campus, but are unable to be here on the 13th, please get in touch with the admissions office here.

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Fall 2012 Events

August 14, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

The 2012-2013 academic year is underway. Classes began last week with an intensive course and continue with the first week of semester-long courses. Here are some important events to get on your calendar for the semester.

Coming Together

Friday, August 17: 6:00 in the Hospitality Room
Each year, we re-discover ourselves as a community. We celebrate and miss those who have completed their studies. We welcome in new students. Some have left Memphis to become distance students in a new context, others have left their previous context to become residents.

The Student Association helps students, faculty, staff, and families get to know each other at our annual Coming Together. Students and their families get together along with leaders of local congregations for a meal, devotional, and some games.


Monday, August 20: 7:00 in the West Education Center
We kick off the year with our annual convocation. Dr. Monte Cox, Dean of the College of Bible and Ministry at Harding University (Searcy, AR) will speak on our theme for the year, “Lord of the Nations”. Dr. Cox served as a missionary in Kenya for ten years prior to becoming a full-time teacher at Harding.

W.B. West, Jr. Lectures

September 6-7
The 2012 West lectures will be presented by Dr. Daniel A. Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies at Pepperdine University. The main lectures are Thursday evening. Friday morning will be a time of discussion with Dr. Rodriguez for students, faculty, and staff.

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Church Audit Courses for Fall 2012

August 3, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

The church audit program at HST has been a blessing for years. It is one of several ways that we partner with churches in the area and even a few that are farther away. Congregations that financially support HST at a certain level are entered into the church audit program. Members of those congregations are then eligible to audit select courses each semester for a minimal fee. The church auditors attend the same classes that our graduate students are in, and thus are able to study the Bible and ministry with our faculty.

Some auditors choose to complete all of the reading assignments and even take exams; others simply soak up the classroom part of the course. Either way, it is a great opportunity to sit in class with a highly trained professor for a terrific learning opportunity.

Fall 2012 options have been announced, and this diverse line-up features church history, ministry, and biblical text courses. Click on the course name to see the syllabus and get details for the class. Click on the professor’s name to get to know the teacher.

History of Christianity 1: Dr. Mark Powell (Tuesdays, 6-7pm, August 14 – December 4) surveys the theological and doctrinal history of Christianity in its cultural setting from the beginning of the church to the high medieval period. Attention is given to developments in Western Christianity.

Ministry and Community through Small Groups: Dr. Eddie Randolph
(This course meets in the one week intensive format, October 15 – 19, 8 – 5 Monday – Thursday, and 8 – 4 on Friday) studies how small groups are used in contemporary Christian settings and strategies for beginning and maintaining healthy small group ministries in different contexts.

Historical Books of the Old Testament: Dr. Phil McMillion (This course meets in the one week intensive format, October 15 – 20, 8:15 – 3:45 Monday – Friday, and 8:15 – noon Saturday) is an opportunity to look more carefully at the historical books, especially Joshua – Kings. The class will focus on the content of the material, why and how this material was recorded, and how this message is still relevant for a modern audience.

For more information or to register, click or call 901-761-1356

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2013 Asian Missions Sabbatical

July 10, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

HST invites applications for the 2013 Hogan-Cate Asian Missions Sabbatical.

The sabbatical recipient will be an outstanding male or female missionary, church worker or ministry leader based in an acappella church of Christ in Asia (this covers East and North Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific). The sabbatical is made possible by the Hogan-Cate Endowed Asian Missions Fund established at Harding University in honour of longtime missionaries to Asia, Gordon & Jane Hogan and Steve & Jean Cate.

The sabbatical is for a period of between three to five months commencing from August 2013. The sabbatical recipient is to be based largely at HST in Memphis with time also to be spent at the main campus of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.

The sabbatical recipient will also participate in the Harding University Bible Lectureship (conducted in the Fall each year) and other special events at Harding University and HST for spiritual renewal and to promote missions in Asia.

The deadline for applying is 3 December 2012. The grant application is found here.

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Fall 2012 Admission Continues

July 6, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

It’s not too late to join the great group of students who will be starting their studies at HST this fall. HST offers masters degrees in ministry, theology, and counseling as well as the Doctor of Ministry degree.

Our students are men and women from all walks of life, with a variety of undergraduate majors from more than 50 universities and colleges. With residential and distance programs available, current HST students live in more than 20 states.

Our faculty are world class scholars who blend a passion for academic excellence with a love for the church. It’s academic, but it’s not just academic – the things we study are of eternal significance.

Apply today to become a part of the community at HST. Tuition grant money is available for qualified students. Complete your admission and scholarship application online for quickest response time.

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Spring 2012 Issue of the Bridge Now Online

July 2, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

At the Spiritual Growth Workshop in Orlando, FL, this weekend, several people visited our table and mentioned articles from the most recent Bridge. We always appreciate hearing from readers and we pray that this issue is a blessing as well.

The Spring 2012 issue of The Bridge is now available online. This issue features information about the new Master of Arts in Ministerial Counseling degree, Alumnus of the Year Ed Short, counseling alum Marisol Rosas-Biser, and other news and articles about life on campus. Read it here.

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Student Association Fundraiser

June 21, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

The HST Student Association fundraiser is back! Order drink ware, apparel and more to show your school spirit. Orders will be taken through August 3rd and delivered the week of August 20th. You may order online or download a printable form to order in person or by mail.

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Ed Short Named 2012 Alumnus of the Year

June 8, 2012 | Written by Larry Arick

Ed Short

Ed Short, 2012 Alumnus of the Year

Lewis Edward (Ed) Short has been named the 2012 Alumnus of the Year. This award was presented at the annual Advancement Council luncheon on the campus of Harding School of Theology, April 24, 2012. Ed earned his M.A. from Harding School of Theology, formerly Harding University Graduate School of Religion, in 1976. He received a Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from the Taipei Language Institute in 1969 and a special study (Chinese) from Vanderbilt University Graduate School in 1970.

Ed began his career teaching freshman Bible and senior speech at David Lipscomb High School. He was a missionary to Taiwan for 16 years, with 13 years of physical residence. He has served as pulpit minister of Paragon Mills Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn. Ed is currently a writer/producer for World Christian Broadcasting, and has written several hundred scripts since 1985 and numerous other articles, mostly in Chinese.

Ed married Sharon Clemons in 1966 and they have two children, Alethea and Lewis, both graduates of Harding University. Alethea has two children and lives in Troy, Mich. Lewis, a missionary in Italy for 13 years, is married to Tamara Reese Short, with whom he has three children. Lewis is a student at Harding School of Theology.

Jimmy Moffett and Ed Short

Jimmy Moffett (left) and Ed Short

Ed joins a distinguished list of Alumni of the Year, from Jimmy Moffett, the first Alumnus of the Year in 1979, to Dwight Albright, the 2011 Alumnus of the Year. We often say that your return on investment in a student at HST is more than the diploma they receive. The return is all the student accomplishes after graduation. Ed is a perfect example of a servant who is worth more than the investment. We are proud of you, Ed!

This article appears in the forthcoming Spring 2012 Issue of The Bridge

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