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e-Newsletter - Volume 2, Number 7
Time to Prepare for Advent With a New Online Learning Course
by Bill Anderton

It is time to prepare for the Advent Season: “The liturgical season of Advent celebrates Christ’s vision of the Kingdom of God erupting in our very midst. It prepares us and calls us to recognize the signs of God’s in-breaking reign of justice and peace in this broken and confused world.” (Dr. Rick Lowery, Professor for this distance learning course).

If that summary alone does not sufficiently capture your curiosity, your commitment to lead, and your compassion for God’s creation and creatures, then take a look at what this course will provide as you prepare for the preaching opportunities of Advent this year.

"Advent: Preaching Texts from the Hebrew Bible and Gospels" by Dr. Rick Lowery, Ph.D. is now available as online education just in time for Advent sermon preparation.

Free Two Minute Video Sample
Click here to view a sample of the video from this course.

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.

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 (Disciples of Christ.)


Rick Lowery provides social-historical, literary, and theological commentary.


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.  

Online Distance Learning Course 

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 course consists of five 40-minute high-definition 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.  

For this class, 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, the video-on-demand sessions, the interactive features of the Virtual Classroom (the Class Forum for discussions, etc.) and recordings of the interactive conference calls will still be available to all participants, including late-arriving students.  

Registration for this course is available NOW and its Virtual Classroom opened October 27, 2012 for early-arriving students.



Course Fee:

To Register:
Click here to register.

For More Information:
Click here for home page.
Click here for brochure.
Click here for flyer.
Click here for details.
Click here for syllabus.
Click here for Rick's bio.
Click here for Linda's bio.
Click here for outcomes.




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.