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The Bridge – Winter 2015

March 5, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

HST Around the World

Since the beginning HST® has equipped students for ministry around the world. In this issue of The Bridge, you will hear from missionaries who spent the Fall on campus through our Sabbatical program. You will enjoy reflections from students and (alumni) organizers on the Global Missions Conference, which was held in the Memphis area and featured many alumni and current students on the program.

In the Winter 2015 Bridge, you'll also meet a new Lewis Scholar. You'll find some resources on prayer, building on our 2014-2015 theme A Life of Prayer. You'll find all of this, along with other campus news and updates, in the Winter 2015 issue of The Bridge.

As always, you will hear good news from faculty, students, and alumni that will give you hope and joy at the work God is doing among us.

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Across the Bridge – Winter 2015

March 5, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter

HST Student Machona Monyamane, Global Missions Conference

HST Student Machona Monyamane, Global Missions Conference

The Bridge, Winter 2015 offers articles and information about the life and ministry of Harding School of Theology. Here are some links and information that did not fit in the print version.

Resources on World Missions

Global Missions Conference 2014 Website

HST’s Missions Sabbatical Program:

HST’s Missions Page

Syllabi and book lists from related courses are a great way to see what faculty recommend for reading and study in the area.

Resources on Prayer
Links from the Bridge

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Resources on Prayer from Steven Gaines

January 29, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter


This is material SA Vice-president Steven Gaines shared in chapel January 29, 2015.

Prayer Resources
Compiled by Steven Gaines

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 4:2 NRSV). When we walk into the HST chapel, a banner with that verse reminds us of this year’s theme: “Life of Prayer.”

We hear, read, think, talk, and learn much about prayer and are encouraged to pray. Sometimes, however, learning about prayer can be easier than actually practicing it. Unplanned reading assignments and neglected research papers force all-nighters. Friends and family members have needs, and we have jobs.

Chapel speakers call us to pray, and perhaps we wonder how to find the time. If we find the time, maybe we grow weary of repetitious patterns that have rutted our prayer lives.

An improved prayer life requires more than books and information; the information must shape action. As Thomas Merton taught, “If you want a life of prayer, the way to get it is by praying” (Thompson, 49).

Here I offer a few resources to help us pray. (These are not scripture. I trust that you know to find powerful prayer language in the Bible, especially the Psalms.) I invited recommendations from several church leaders and professors in various parts of the world, and this list shares some of their suggestions.

The list is eclectic; it contains some works you might love and some you may dislike severely. It has books about prayer, books of prayer, websites, and mobile apps. I pray that you will find something that will play a small role in increasing your devotion to prayer.

Fixed-Hour PrayerAbide
Harvest Prayer MinistriesPrayBuzz
Jan JohnsonCommon Prayer
Prayer MattersDaily Readings
Praying in ColorEcho
RenovaréiPrayed 4 U
Christian Classics

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Hawley Appointed to Teach Hebrew Bible

January 15, 2015 | Written by Matt Carter



Harding School of Theology Vice President Jim Martin announced January 7 Lance Hawley’s appointment to teach Old Testament / Hebrew Bible at HST. Hawley will begin teaching Fall 2015.

A 2003 alumnus of HST, Hawley has a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies and secondary education from York College, a Master of Divinity from HST, and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Bible from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible at UWM.

He has previously taught classes at UWM including elementary biblical Hebrew, prophets of the Bible, and introduction to biblical literature. In addition to holding various leadership roles within churches and other organizations, Hawley has received numerous academic awards and honors.

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The Bridge – Fall 2014

December 4, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter


Inside The Bridge, Fall 2014:

  • Read about the Library’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • Meet students inlcuding the Student Association officers and a Lewis Scholar
  • Join us as we focus this year on “A Life of Prayer
Celebrating 50 Years of the L. M. Graves Memorial Library

Celebrating 50 Years of the L. M. Graves Memorial Library

All of this and more in the Fall 2014 Bridge.

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Across the Bridge – Fall 2014

December 4, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

The Bridge, Fall 2014 offers articles and information about the life and ministry of Harding School of Theology. Here are some images and information that did not fit in the print version.

Dig Deeper

These are the types of artifacts that students study in the new M.A. concentration, New Testament Backgrounds and Archaeology. Thanks to Dr. Oster for these images.


Library 50th Anniversary Celebration

View a sampling of the “Building a History: 50 Years of Collecting at the Graves Memorial Library” display from the dinner.

HST Student Justin Sims
HST Student Jiwoo Ryu
The restoration history archives at the library were renamed in honor of Don and Evelyn Meredith's years of service in the library.
Jane Tomlinson served as the dean's secretary for over 50 years.
Dr. Ileene Huffard and Dr. Jack Lewis
HST Dean Dr. Evertt W. Huffard
Guests view the exhibits from the library collection
The celebration was held at Memphis University School
HST Librarian Bob Turner served as host

Meet the Student Association Officers
Eric Suddeath, Femi Osibin, Frank Bolling, Anthony Gleghorn, Steven Gaines, Clint Boyd

Eric Suddeath, Femi Osibin, Frank Bolling, Anthony Gleghorn, Steven Gaines, Clint Boyd

The SA serves our student body in many ways and is a tremendous blessing to the school as a whole. Visit the SA Webpage to learn more about these servant leaders.

Full texts of articles excerpted in The Bridge

Josiah, Andrew, and Lydia Taylor

Josiah, Andrew, and Lydia Taylor

Here is the full text of Dr. Carlus Gupton‘s theme article, A Life of Prayer.

Here is the full text of Andrew Taylor’s chapel talk, Praying for a Revolution of Values.

Lexington Theological Seminary Journals

In September, the library received 45 boxes of journals from Lexington Theological Seminary. Some were from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Enjoy these pictures of the delivery.

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Spring 2015 Church Audits

December 3, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Spring 2015 church audit courses made specially available to members of supporting congregations for an audit fee of $25 per course. These are the same graduate courses taken with credit students.

HST offers a variety of courses in ministry and theology, and we try to make as wide a range as possible to our church auditors. These are the upcoming church audit courses. Click the course name for the syllabus, and the professors name for information about the professor.

To register for a church audit course, click here.

mark.powell.2The Trinity and Christian Spirituality: Dr. Mark E. Powell
Tuesday, 6-7:30 pm, January 20 – May 12.

Dr. Mark E. Powell has recently released a book, Centered in God: The Trinity and Christian Spirituality. This one-credit course explores this doctrine that is so central to the Christian faith in a way that will help Christians not only understand more about God, but will help them grow closer to God. Dr. Powell created this course with church auditors in mind.

Huffard-05-webMulticultural Ministry: Dr. Evertt W. Huffard
Thursday, 6:00 – 8:45, January 22 – May 14.

Dr. Huffard has cross-cultural experiences as a missionary to Muslims in Israel and in inner-city ministry in LA. He combines this personal experience with academic preparation in teaching multicultural ministry. Building on a biblical theology of diversity, hospitality, reconciliation, and inclusion, this course will study issues of leadership, worship, and evangelism in a multicultural church. Models of multicultural churches will be surveyed. Application to various ministries will be experienced through a field education experience and case studies.

The church audit program serves members of 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 – any member of a supporting congregation can attend the same graduate courses as credit students and learn from world class professors for next to nothing!

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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HST Prof. Mark Powell Releases New Book

October 31, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter


Congratulations to HST Theology professor Dr. Mark E. Powell on the publication of his new book, Centered in God: The Trinity and Christian Spirituality (available here through the HST Amazon store). This book introduces Christianity’s most central belief, the doctrine of the Trinity, by exploring how the Trinity shapes key aspects of Christian faith and spirituality.
In the early church the Trinitarian vision of God was foundational for Christian identity, unity, and spirituality. For many Christians today, however, the Trinity is viewed as unreasonable and impractical. What exactly is the doctrine of the Trinity, and why is it so central to Christian faith and life?

From the book’s cover:

We have an abundant supply of books on the Trinity that only professional theologians can understand. Mark Powell’s Centered in God is quite different: a book on the Trinity—“the Christian vision of God,” as he rightly puts it—that an ordinary Christian can easily understand and profit from. Powell’s special achievement is to show clearly how the Trinitarian vision of God can shape the whole Christian life and everyone’s journey of faith. Scripturally rich, theologically accurate, and spiritually perceptive, this book is a tremendous resource not only for pastors, teachers, and students, but for all Christians who want to deepen their relationship with God.

Bruce D. Marshall
Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Centered in God is an accessible introduction to the Trinitarian vision of God and its implications for the Christian life. It not only presents the doctrine of the Trinity as formulated by the early church, but also leads readers to know and worship the Trinity, and live in light of the Christian understanding of God. Further, it proposes that recovering the central place of the Trinity could lead to theological and spiritual renewal in the church today.

More than an introduction to the Trinity, Centered in God is a primer on Christian faith and spirituality that will deepen your walk with God.

Dr. Powell is Associate Professor of Theology at HST and also preaches at Cordova Community Church of Christ. He has taught at HST since 2002. His previous book, Papal Infallibility: A Protestant Evaluation of an Ecumenical Issue, is the only book-length study on the subject from a non-Catholic scholar in the past century.

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Huffard to step down in July, Black appointed next Dean

October 27, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

Dr. Evertt W. Huffard

Dr. Evertt W. Huffard

Dr. Evertt Huffard, dean of Harding School of Theology, today announced his decision to resign from the position effective June 30, 2015, according to a statement by Dr. Jim Martin, vice president for HST. Huffard will continue to teach at the school on a part-time basis.

President Bruce McLarty of Harding University announced that Dr. Allen Black, professor of New Testament at HST, will become the new dean of the school beginning July 1.

Huffard served as dean since 1999. He joined the faculty in 1987. Black has been a member of the faculty since 1983.

“I appreciate so much the leadership Dr. Huffard has provided for the school during his 15-year tenure as dean,” McLarty said. “He has been a phenomenal leader for HST and is loved and respected by faculty and students alike.

“Dr. Black becomes the seventh dean of our graduate theology program. Because of his academic background and his long association with the school, he was an obvious choice for the dean’s position,” McLarty said. “I am confident he will continue to provide the strong leadership that is so characteristic of the deans who have preceded him.”

Huffard, a 1971 Harding University alumnus, holds the Bachelor of Arts degree and received both the Master of Arts and the Master of Theology degrees from the School of Theology. He received the Ph.D. in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1985.

He has held ministry positions with several Memphis churches including the Park Avenue Church of Christ, the Quince Road Church of Christ, and the Church of Christ at White Station.

Dr. Allen Black

Dr. Allen Black

Black holds degrees from Freed-Hardeman University, Harding University, the School of Theology and Emory University where he received the Ph.D. in 1985.

For approximately 30 years he has served as part-time minister of adult education at the Highland Church of Christ in Memphis.

Among Black’s writings are two commentaries in the College Press NIV New Testament series — one on the Gospel of Mark and one on 1 Peter.

Harding School of Theology is an outgrowth of graduate studies in religion that began on Harding University’s Searcy, Arkansas campus in 1952. An extension program offering courses in Memphis was begun in 1955. In 1958, the University’s board of trustees officially expanded the Memphis program into a branch campus of the school.

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West Lectures by Randy Harris Available Online

October 22, 2014 | Written by Matt Carter

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The 2014 West Lectures delivered by Randy Harris are now available to listen online or download.

Knowing God: St. John of the Cross Meets Dallas Willard

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