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HST has Good News for our students, especially distance students! This year HST has been experimenting with HST LIVE (Live Interactive Video Education), a format that allows distance students to attend classroom sessions via the internet. The courses are proving to be popular with distance students and with faculty. It is even popular with residential students, who enjoy interacting with students who live in other places— even other countries! Through HST LIVE, students are able to engage with visiting scholars, both nationally and internationally. This has opened up exciting possibilities for the future.

HST LIVE replicates the in-class experience much better than asynchronous online courses (think threaded discussion). It also provides a better learning venue for most of our courses than the one-week intensives.

Since HST LIVE courses come so close to replicating the on-campus experience, the faculty have determined that our current residency requirements no longer fit the new reality. We are experiencing a paradigm shift and we need to adjust our requirements accordingly. We want all of our students, including distance students, to experience a sense of community and belonging at HST, to interact with a community of scholarship, and to be formed spiritually. But we believe that the need to come to our campus to accomplish these things has diminished significantly.

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) requires all vocational ministry students to earn a certain percentage of their degree in a face-to-face setting. HST has applied for and been granted an exception to the regular residency requirements set by ATS so that we can expand our use of HST LIVE. The faculty have therefore made several significant changes to these three degree programs — the MDIV, MA, and MACM — effective fall 2017.

The current restrictions on “distance learning” courses will now refer only to the “asynchronous online” courses. HST LIVE courses will have no limitations (other than the residency requirements described below).

Master of Divinity
  1. M.Div. residency requirements are lowered from 30 hours to 9 hours.
  2. One of the required on-campus courses is 5990 Advanced Theological Research. The other two on-campus courses will be chosen by the student in consultation with their advisor.
  3. Advanced Theological Research will include a retreat at the end of each intensive course. In semesters where the course is available only on a weekly basis the retreat will be near the end of the term. For example, in the fall semester it would probably be scheduled in November.
Master of Arts
  1. The MA program will shift from a 54-hour program with 18 hours advanced standing to 48-hours with 12 hours advanced standing; the net hours for the MA (after advanced standing) is still 36 hours. The 12 hours of levelling will be identical to the current 18 hours of requirements but will drop 5000 OT Survey and 5200 NT Survey. (You still have to take the Bible exam.)
  2. The MA residency requirements are lowered from 27 hours to 6 hours.
  3. One of the required on-campus courses is 5990 Advanced Theological Research. The other required on-campus course will be chosen by you in consultation with your advisor. [Note: specific concentrations and/or courses may not be available to distance students or may require additional residency hours.]
  4. Advanced Theological Research will include a retreat at the end of each intensive course. In semesters where the course is available only on a weekly basis the retreat will be near the end of the term. For example, in the fall semester it would probably be scheduled in November.
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
  1. The MACM program will shift from a 54-hour program with 9 hours advanced standing to 48-hours with 12 hours advanced standing.
  2. The MACM residency requirements are lowered from 27 hours to 6 hours.
  3. One of the required on-campus courses is 5990 Advanced Theological Research. The other required on-campus course will be chosen by you in consultation with your advisor. [Note: specific courses may not be available to distance students or may require additional residency hours.]
  4. Advanced Theological Research will include a retreat at the end of each intensive course. In semesters where the course is available only on a weekly basis the retreat will be near the end of the term. For example, in the fall semester it would probably be scheduled in November.

Dr. Jack Lewis’s 98th Birthday!

March 24, 2017 | Written by Matt Carter

HST faculty and staff gathered today to celebrate Dr. Lewis’s 98th birthday. We are thankful for his legacy of rigorous scholarship to the glory of God.

In honor of this day, we wanted to share Dr. Lewis’s book list on Amazon. Of course, this is only a fraction of the books and articles he has written. You can see the HST library’s holdings of Dr. Lewis’s books here. (Not to mention the dozens of articles he published in academic journals.)

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The Bridge Winter 2017

February 16, 2017 | Written by Matt Carter

Mentoring

The Winter 2017 issue of The Bridge begins with reflections from Harding University President Dr. Bruce McLarty reflecting on nine lessons he learned as an HST student 35 years ago. The rest of the issue focuses on the value of mentoring in ministry. You’ll hear from young ministers about their experience being mentored, and from older ministers reflecting back on the value of mentoring in their lives.

As always, you will also hear news and notes about happenings on campus and on the work of our faculty, students, and staff.

Don’t forget to go Across the Bridge for media, links, and resources mentioned in and related to this issue of The Bridge.

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Across the Bridge Winter 2017

February 16, 2017 | Written by Matt Carter

Mentoring

Across the Bridge features expanded coverage of stories from the Winter 2017 issue of The Bridge.

If you know someone who may be a good fit for graduate studies at HST, please encourage them to attend our Virtual Open House, February 28, 3-4:30 central time.

Click here to read Caleb Dillinger’s review of Recapturing the Voice of God in Homiletic (Vol. 41, No. 2, 2016).

This video from the Annual Fall Dinner features three students mentioned in or writing for this issue, Caleb Dillinger, Macy Johnson, and Ananias Moses.

Books

If you purchase a book through these links, HST will receive a percentage of the sales price without affecting your purchase price.

Dr. Bland's Most Recent Books
Recommendations on Mentoring
Women in Ministry

As Macy said in the article, these books represent a variety of view points for a thorough study of the topic.

*Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, one of the books listed above, is available as a free .pdf download on this site.

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The Bridge, Fall 2016

November 28, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter

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A new look! You’ll quickly notice that The Bridge has a new look for the Fall 2016 issue. You will also notice just as quickly that the content is still there to connect you to Harding School of Theology and keep you up to date on the important work being done here.

In this issue, you get articles from dean Dr. Allen Black, former dean Dr. Evertt W. Huffard, and M.Div. student Parker Bullard. You will also see updates from students, faculty, and staff. All of this and more in the Fall 2016 issue of The Bridge.

Don’t forget to go Across the Bridge for media content not included in the print edition as well as links to resources mentioned in this issue.

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Across the Bridge – Fall 2016

November 28, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter

Across the Bridge features expanded coverage of stories from the Fall 2016 issue of The Bridge.

The Spring of Gihon

Dr. Huffard used the Spring of Gihon as a metaphor in his article. Here is a video tour of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Pool of Siloam, and the Spring of Gihon.

Books


New Testament in the New World

Dr. Richard Oster and Bob Turner led a tour of Boston, Philadelphia, and New York, visiting museums featuring antiquities from the New Testament World. Here are a few pictures from the trip.

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Dr. Oster lectures in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Note the figure in the center with one foot on the globe. Ancient Romans did NOT think the world is flat!
Dr. Oster lectures in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art about meanads, mythological figures who appear in Euripides's The Bacchae, who inform current conversations about the status of women in antiquity.
Dr. Oster discusses a frieze in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Group shot showing the Boston skyline after a cruise on the Boston Harbor.

Links

Here are the links from throughout this issue of The Bridge.

  • For information on engaging culture with conviction and civility, Dr. Black recommends Darrell Bock’s “The Table” podcast (link) and the Centre for Public Christianity (link).
  • The Kerusso Experience is Harding’s week-long preacher training camp for ninth to twelfth grade boys (link).
  • Alum Erma Simpson founded The Hagar Center (link) to connect teen mothers with pre- and postnatal services.
  • Your gifts form our foundation. Thank you for your support. hst.edu/giving
  • Order through our Amazon store to support the school: use this link.

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W. S. Long Exhibit at HST Library

October 31, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter

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The Library is currently hosting a modest exhibition of materials from the collection of W.S. (William Slaughter) Long, who preached in for the Union Avenue Church of Christ from 1946-1957. It features personal letters, late 19th-century photographs, and hand-written sermons. The materials on display represent the type of pieces contained in the larger collection in the archive.

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The materials will remain on display through the rest of the semester. Please come by and see these interesting pieces. Students, faculty, staff, and community guests are welcome to view the W.S. Long collection, in addition to any other documents in the archive, during all hours when the library is open.

The following is a prayer from a sermon Long preached during WWII:

long-bookThou God and Sovereign of all nations, Thou King of kings and Lord of hosts, in these perilous times, when all the powers of hate have been loosed to kill and to destroy, we pray that Thy Spirit through the Bible may steady the minds and guide the hearts of those who call themselves by thy name, acknowledging Thee as Father. We pray especially for the President of these United States, on whom has been laid heavy burdens and grave responsibilities, as he speaks for our country and to its people. Renew his strength as daily his burdens increase. Give him wisdom and understanding that cometh only from above. Show him Thy will in thy Bible. Out of the conflict of counsel may Thy voice come unto him saying, “This is the way- walk ye in it.” And as Thy will is revealed, increase his faith, so he may go forth in consciousness of having fulfilled the task committed to him. And we pray that he, with us shall seek above all things to honor and glorify Thee. Hasten the day when thy will may be done on earth as it is done in heaven; and that the rule of the spirit of brotherhood may live in the hearts of all peoples, so that all nations may dwell together in peace and unity- Amen.

Long’s obituary in the Gospel Advocate noted that he was active into his 80’s when health forced him to retire from an “extremely active ministry which covered a little more than sixty years of continuous preaching and teaching, during which time he perhaps preached more sermons, held more meetings, established more congregations, and helped to build more meetinghouses than any other one preacher in the brotherhood contemporary with his ministry.” (Gospel Advocate, vov. XCIX, no. 27, July 4, 1957, p. 430).

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E-books Now Available through HST Library

October 19, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter

We are now part of a consortium called the Theological Libraries E-Book Lending Project. This is a collaborative effort of theological libraries to share resources. Through this database, students, faculty, and staff can choose from hundreds of e-books. If you are looking for one that isn’t there, just let us know. We love recommendations. Just send a note to Bob Turner to recommend a title for the collection.

To access the site, go to our Library page under “Find Books,” or simply click this link. You will need to use your Harding username and password when accessing the site from off campus.

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You will need Adobe Digital Editions, which is a free resource that can be downloaded here.

Enjoy!

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2016 Run for the Son set for October 1

August 8, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter

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The 16th annual Run for the Son 5k will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Registration and check-in will begin at 7:00 A.M. The race will begin at 8:00 A.M. The race will start/finish at Harding School of Theology (1000 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117). Participants may register for the race in advance or on race day. Registration is $12 in advance (online/by mail) or $15 on the day of the race. The registration fee includes participation in the race, an official race t-shirt, and a participant goody bag.

Run for the Son is sponsored by Harding School of Theology’s Advancement Office and Women for Harding. The purpose of this event is to raise scholarship funds for HST students. For more information, contact the HST Advancement Office at 901-432-7723 or by email. View the course map here: Run for the Son Course.

Please register online, by mail, or on the day of the race by any of the following methods:

(1) Complete the registration form (including the consent form on the back), and mail $12 (cash or check*) along with the registration form to the Advancement Office at 1000 Cherry Road, Memphis, TN 38117.

(2) Complete an online race registration form and pay $12 online (credit card).

(3) Fill out the race registration form and pay $15 (cash or check*) on the day of the race.

*Please make checks payable to Harding School of Theology or HST.

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The Bridge, Spring 2016

May 27, 2016 | Written by Matt Carter

In the Heart of Memphis

Harding School of Theology is in the heart of Memphis, and Memphis is in our hearts. In the Spring 2016 issue of The Bridge we cover some of the many ways HST is connected to Memphis, including:

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  • Dr. Kevin Shelby and the Family Institute of Tennessee help at-risk children.
  • Alumni such as Ron Wade, Marisol Biser, and Angela Rusk serve the community.
  • The Reverb Coffee Co. coffee truck brings our neighbors to campus.

All of this, as well as news and updates from students, faculty, and staff, in the Spring 2016 issue of The Bridge.

Don’t forget to go Across the Bridge for media content not included in the print edition as well as links to resources mentioned in this issue.

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