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e-Newsletter - Volume 5, Number 28
"Advent: Preaching the Texts from the Lectionary" by Dr. Rick Lowery
with Pastor Linda McCrae

by Bill Anderton

This lecture series 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. The 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.

The lecture series is paced for viewing throughout the sermon preparation period for the Advent season.

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This lecture series 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.)

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The fee for the lecture series is $29.95.

Free Two Minute Video Sample
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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 Lecture Series 

This lecture, "Advent: Preaching Texts from the Hebrew Bible and Gospels," is one of our video-only lecture series and consists of five high-quality video lectures. All video lectures are delivered as streaming video to media players embedded into each lecture’s page in a dedicated Virtual Classroom.

  • Session 1: 44:29 (mm:ss)
  • Session 2: 48:15 (mm:ss)
  • Session 3: 39:21 (mm:ss)
  • Session 4: 37.07 (mm:ss)
  • Session 5: 32:37 (mm:ss)

As with all of our distance learning courses, participants can join the Virtual Classroom for this lecture series from anywhere with nothing more than a browser and a broadband Internet connection. 

Registration for this course is available NOW.

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 fresh, new content for Advent preparation. We believe that the VALUE is unsurpassed, and we offer this course to the Church and Her Servants with hopes that you can participate.