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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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The Bridge: Fall 2012

December 5, 2012 | Written by Matt Carter

The Fall 2012 issue of The Bridge is now online!

In this issue…


Our graduates give back to HST at about three times the national average. Director of Advancement Larry Arick asked some of our alumni to briefly express why, with so many needs in the world, they continue to give to HST. You’ll read some of their responses in the Fall 2012 issue of The Bridge.

Pictured: Makoto Tateno (M.Div., 2011)


Dr. Evertt W. Huffard, HST Dean, has been in Africa twice this semester. In August he spoke on the frontiers of leadership in Africa at the Africans Claiming Africa conference. In October and November he taught a missions class for students from Harding University at the Namwianga Mission in Zambia. Read his insight from these two experiences.


Two scholars spent time this semester doing research in the HST library’s large collection of missio material related to the churches of Christ. Among these materials are mission reports, institutional newsletters, area missions histories, and theses written at HST.


Read The Bridge now!

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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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