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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 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 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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HST Honors Dr. Bill Flatt

November 15, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

HST honored Dr. Bill Flatt for his lifetime of service at a dinner September 15 in Memphis. He served the school as registrar and dean from 1970 to 1999. As dean, he promoted new degrees as the foundation for our counseling program. You may see the video honoring Dr. Flatt on our Youtube channel.

To honor Dr. Flatt we have established the Flatt Ministry of Counseling Endowment. This fund will provide tuition grants for students seeking a degree in counseling and professional enrichment grants for counseling professors. Our goal is $100,000. If you have been blessed by Flatt and would like to honor him with a gift, you can send it by mail to HST, or you can make a gift online at

If you or your church has been blessed by a faculty or staff member or one of our more than 1,100 graduates, you can make a gift in their honor to the Harding School of Theology Annual Scholarship Fund. Please consider adding HST to your financial planning. Harding University has arranged for you to benefit from the free services of PhilanthroCorp, a nationally known Christian firm. If you have any questions, please email Larry Arick at or call at 901-432-7727.

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Undergrad Research Retreat

October 31, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

It’s that time of the semester. Papers and projects are looming large. HST’s theological library is here to help!

You’re invited to join us November 9-10, Friday evening through Saturday afternoon, for a research retreat. HST librarians and students will be on hand to orient you to the library and assist you in your research.

This is no ordinary library. And this is no ordinary research retreat! There will be food, games, and prizes to go along with in-depth studies to help you succeed.

HST is providing housing Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday, so please RSVP via the link on the left or the form at the bottom of this page.

Who should come?

Anyone who has a research paper or project in theology, biblical studies, counseling, church history, or ministry.

How much does it cost?

The research retreat costs nothing.

  • We are planning to go out to eat Friday evening at Corky’s, so please bring enough money for your meal ($10-20).
  • Housing for Friday night is provided at no cost on the HST campus.
  • Breakfast and lunch on Saturday are provided.

More details available here, including the schedule and registration information.

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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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