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New Advent Course To Aid The Season's Sermon Prep!

rick_lowery_bio_pic_200w.jpgWe have a brand new course to assist all pastors with their Advent sermon preparation titled, "Advent: Preaching Texts from the Hebrew Bible and Gospels." This course is taught by Dr. Rick Lowery. Ph.D. with additional commentary and discussion by Linda McCrae, Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church of Indianapolis.

Click here to see the course video trailer.

This course takes an in-depth look at this year's lectionary texts for Advent from the Hebrew Bible and asks how they relate to the gospel texts from Luke. Lectures provide an overview of the historical context of the biblical passages and some of the cultural and economic influences that shaped them. Conversations explore sermon ideas and how the biblical texts relate to the weekly themes of advent.

Rick Lowery provides social-historical, literary, and theological commentary and talks with experienced Indianapolis pastor Linda McCrae about how these texts speak to the church as it engages its mission of justice, healing, and reconciliation today.

The course consists of five 40-minute video-on-demand sessions and five 60-minute live online discussions with Dr. Lowery that will be paced throughout the sermon preparation period for the Advent season. Using TransformingTheChurch.org’s “Watch – Discuss – Do!” approach to online education, each week online students will view one video-on-demand session and participate in one fully-interactive live online session with Dr. Lowery. As with all of our distance learning courses, participants can join the Virtual Classroom for this course from anywhere with nothing more than a browser and a broadband Internet connection.

The interactive session with Dr. Lowery will be conducted via a telephone conference bridge on:

  • Nov. 7, 11 a.m. Central (12 p.m. Eastern) - For Session 1
  • Nov. 14, 11 a.m. Central (12 p.m. Eastern) - For Session 2
  • Nov. 21, 11 a.m. Central (12 p.m. Eastern) - For Session 3
  • Nov. 28, 11 a.m. Central (12 p.m. Eastern) - For Session 4
  • Dec. 4, 11 a.m. Central (12 p.m. Eastern) - For Session 5

Late Registration For The Advent Course

For this class, "Advent: Preaching Texts from the Hebrew Bible and Gospels," there will NOT be a late registration deadline. The course will be kept open for late arrivals all during Advent. Late arriving students may miss one or more or the interactive sessions. However, there is still a great deal of value for late-arriving students:

  • First, all five of the video-on-demand sessions - a total of three and a half hours of high-quality video - will always be available for viewing. These videos alone will be of value to those entering the class for the first time.
  • Second, all of the past live conference calls are recorded and available for catching up on the past sessions.
  • Third, the Class Forum is always available for catching up with questions on past video-on-demand or live conference call sessions. It is never to late for new questions and continued discussions of earlier sessions.

In other words, it is not too late to join this class!

Christian College and TransformingTheChurch.org have endeavored to make this course as RELEVANT and as ACCESSIBLE to as many Pastors as possible. Our pricing is set in order to ensure that even those on a “lean” professional development or educational budget can participate. This is not only fresh, new content for Advent preparation, but affords several hours of direct interaction with the instructor. We believe that the VALUE is unsurpassed, and we offer this course to the Church and Her Servants with hopes that you can participate.

Click here to register.
Click here to see the course video trailer.
Click here for the course brochure.
Click here for the course flyer.
Click here to see the course details.
Click here to see the course syllabus.
Click here to see the course video trailer.
Click here to see Rick Lowery's bio.
Click here to see Linda McCrae's bio.
Click here to see the anticipated course outcomes.