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Across the Bridge, Winter 2013 – Reflections from Africa

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.

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HST Preview Experience Spring 2013

February 20, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

preview-card_Page_1Tuesday, February 26 is Spring Preview day at HST. We invite anyone interested in graduate ministry training or in a career in counseling to visit our campus, get to know us, and save some money.

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.

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Spring 2013 Church Audit Reminder

January 25, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

There is still time to enroll in church audit courses for Spring semester! To learn more about this program, click here.

Spring 2013 Church Audits
Galatians and Romans: Dr. Richard E. Oster, Jr.
Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, January 28 – May 6.

This course covers introductory matters and exegesis of selected passages, paying attention to the occasion of Paul’s letters to the churches in Galatia and Rome.

History of Christianity II: Dr. Mark Powell
Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, January 22 – May 7.

A one credit hour course that surveys the theological and doctrinal history of Christianity in its cultural setting from the Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe to the early twentieth century. Attention is given to Protestant and Catholic developments in Europe and North America.

Spiritual Leadership: Dr. Evertt Huffard

This course meets in the monthly intensive format, February 1-2, March 1-2, and April 5-6. Class meets Fridays 1:00-4:45 pm and 6:00-7:45 pm; and Saturdays 8:00-12:00 noon and 1:00-2:45 pm.

This course is a study of the dynamics of spiritual leadership and discovery of leadership emergence patterns. There is an emphasis on the implications for spiritual formation and mentoring

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 Offices to Close at Noon Due to Inclement Weather

January 15, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

HST offices will be closing at noon today (Tuesday) due to the bad weather. As of this point we are unclear about tomorrow. Watch this space, or follow us via the Twitter and Facebook links at the top of this page.

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HST on the Road

January 11, 2013 | Written by Matt Carter

Early Spring semester is always a busy time of travel for HST. Look for us as we’re out and about – we love to visit with you, pray with you, and maybe even give you an HST travel mug!

Dr. Huffard represented the school at the National Conference on Youth Ministry.

Matt Carter, Director of Admissions, will be at Gulfcoast Getaway in Panama City, FL, Janujary 18-20. Gulfcoast Getaway is a large gathering of college students from campus ministries across the country. There are many gifted ministers who have come through our state school campus ministries.

HST will be at Freed-Hardeman University’s 77th Annual Bible Lectureship February 3-7. Many fine students come from FHU to HST, and several HST alumni teach in the Bible department at FHU.

February 13 will be our faculty blitz on the Harding University campus in Searcy, AR. HST faculty will serve as guest professors in many Bible and counseling classes.

February 15-17 we’ll be in Stillwater, OK at Campus Encounter, a campus ministry gathering of students in the Midwest. The Church of Christ University Center at Oklahoma State University and the Stillwater Church of Christ have hosted this event for many years.

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HST Offices Closed for the Holidays

December 21, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

School offices will close Friday, December 21 at 5:00 and re-open Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 8:00. The students, faculty, and staff wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May God’s blessings of family and friends be yours in abundance.

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7 Subversive Letters: Dr. Richard Oster’s Blog

December 18, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Richard Oster, Professor of New Testament at Harding School of Theology, blogs at RichardOster.com. His blog, titled “7 Subversive Letters”, began last fall based upon research and ideas for a manuscript about the letters to the seven churches in Revelation 1-3, which will be published soon.

Dr. Oster notes that these letters were sent to congregations which needed to resist the cultural influences around them. They were designed to sabotage the recipients’ easy reliance upon the values of the culture and its religions.

Recent posts include:
The B•I•B•L•E in Times of Trouble
A View About the Afterlife, Made in the USA
Naiveté About Politics, Now As Well As Then
Hate Speech, Cultural Sycophancy, and Subversive Beliefs

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Church Audit Courses Announced for Spring 2013

December 11, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

HST is offering a terrific lineup of church audit courses for Spring 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 – everyday folks 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.

Spring 2013 Church Audits
Galatians and Romans: Dr. Richard E. Oster, Jr.
Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, January 28 – May 6.

This course covers introductory matters and exegesis of selected passages, paying attention to the occasion of Paul’s letters to the churches in Galatia and Rome.

History of Christianity II: Dr. Mark Powell
Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, January 22 – May 7.

A one credit hour course that surveys the theological and doctrinal history of Christianity in its cultural setting from the Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe to the early twentieth century. Attention is given to Protestant and Catholic developments in Europe and North America.

Spiritual Leadership: Dr. Evertt Huffard

This course meets in the monthly intensive format, February 1-2, March 1-2, and April 5-6. Class meets Fridays 1:00-4:45 pm and 6:00-7:45 pm; and Saturdays 8:00-12:00 noon and 1:00-2:45 pm.

This course is a study of the dynamics of spiritual leadership and discovery of leadership emergence patterns. There is an emphasis on the implications for spiritual formation and mentoring

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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Reflections from Africa: Dr. Evertt W. Huffard

December 3, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Evertt W. Huffard, Dean and Vice President, spent seven weeks in Africa with 26 sophomores in the Harding in Zambia program.

He begins his report:

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.

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Alumni Updates

November 30, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

As Director of Advancement Larry Arick is fond of telling donors, “The return on your investment when you donate to our scholarship fund isn’t the degree that the student received. It’s the lifetime of ministry that follows.”

The latest issue of the Bridge has these updates from some of our alumni.

Jim Woodroof (M.A., 1967) announces the publication of his latest book, Famous Sayings of Jesus. He was also presented with the Distinguished Christian Service Award at the 2012 Pepperdine Bible Lectures — an honor, according to Woodroof, “due certainly in part to Harding Graduate School.”

In October, Duncan Campbell (M.A., 2006) delivered a seminar on “Tribal Youth Ministry: Exploring a Multigenerational Approach” at Westside Church of Christ in Bakersfield, Calif.

Leon Sanderson (M.A., M.R.E., M.Th. and D.Min.) and Dwight Albright (M.A., M.Th.) were honored as Outstanding Alumni of Harding University in October.

The Baxter Institute in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has asked Steve Teel (D.Min., 2010) to serve as their next president, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The preacher’s college is a four year school with 55 students. It will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Teel will also serve as president of Association Amicus, a Honduran NPO that serves the impoverished of Honduras through the James Moody Adams Clinic.

Dr. Curtis D. McClane (M.Div. 1988) announces the publication of his book: The Habitat of Hospitality: Being Jesus for a World in Need. McClane is minister of the Word, prayer, and outreach at Highland View Church of Christ in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Watch for the Bridge in your mailbox or your inbox, depending on how you subscribe!

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