by Dr. Rick Lowery
With addition discussion with Pastor Linda McCrae
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Getting ready for Lent involves some thinking, praying and setting the stage for the changes that we hope to introduce into our lives in the weeks ahead. Even though we may think we may be hidden away until we are ready, we find in the Hebrew Scriptures of the First Testament that God is not waiting around for the seasons to change.
God is relentless: From the first day of Lent, the Ash Wednesday, the Scriptures we hear (and read and study) make God’s call to us clear: “Return to me with your whole heart.” The first month of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere may seem too soon to begin thinking about Spring, and the lengthening of days that we know as the “Lenten Season.” But it isn’t…especially not for the busy pastor who will be faced soon enough with “Ash Wednesday."
We have made a special pricing of this non-credit version of this course order to make this course available to individual people or groups of clergy, lay leaders, and congregants of churches in small study groups. Christian College and TransformingTheChurch have endeavored to make this course as RELEVANT and as ACCESSIBLE to as many people as possible. Our goal is foster a broad understanding of personal finance as a basis for creating the capacity for generosity. We offer this course to the Church and Her Servants with hopes that you can participate. Group discounts are also available for study groups of three or more.
The special low price of this course also allows people to try our online courses without significant investment in their on-going adult education.
This course, "Lent: Dying, Rising, and Living Anew," is one of our video-only courses consisting of six high-quality video lectures from Rick Lowery. All video lectures are delivered as streaming video to media players embedded into each lecture’s page in a dedicated Virtual Classroom.
For the price of registration, you will receive 120 days of unlimited access to this course’s Virtual Classroom and all of its included videos and other class materials. You may come and go into this course’s online Virtual Classroom as often as you wish.
This course is designed for both individuals and small groups who wish to learn more about the wise management of person finance. The course makes an excellent small-group study or a church-wide study. The material is condensed enough to be taught in a half-day workshop format still allowing plenty of tie for group discussions. The price of the course is purposely low enough to allow each member of the group to purchase their own access to the course materials to study individually either before or after a group meeting.
This a distance-learning course that can be completed online without the need for travel; either across town or to another city. The course can be taken from a home, office or even a coffee shop. All you need is a web browser and a broadband Internet connection. The course can be successfully used by people with only the most basic of computer skills.
Access this course from anywhere; at home, at the office or when out on the run. You can access our course videos 24x7 from anywhere you choose; you can in complete control. We fully support desktop devices as well as mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. The responsive design of all of our web pages and video players will automatically size our materials and rearrange page regions to fit best the particular device you choose to use. Included in this support is our Adaptive Streaming technology that will automatically and dynamically adjust our streaming speed to fit best your particular broadband connection. Go as slow as 3G wireless connections or as fast as fiber-to-the-home connections allow. Rest assured that for any device or connection speed you elect to use, we will support it to the best possible quality the device allows.
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Richard H. Lowery, Ph.D. Yale, is adjunct professor of Hebrew Bible at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky, where he served as dean, and Phillips Theological Seminary in Oklahoma, where he served 17 years as a tenured professor. He also teaches in the commissioned and licensed ministers program at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He has taught at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Phillips University, Valparaiso University, and Yale Divinity School.
Rick recently moved to Indianapolis to live full-time with his wife, the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He blogs for Huffington Post, speaks at church gatherings throughout the US and Canada, and has written articles and lessons for scholarly and popular publications, including The Chalice Introduction to the Old Testament and journals of preaching and stewardship. He is the author of three books, including Sabbath and Jubilee and wrote the Bible commentary for the Storyteller’s Companion: Daniel and Revelation. He’s currently working on a book, Genesis and Human Rights.