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RL-01-Advent: Preaching Texts from the Hebrew Bible and Gospels

Featuring Dr. Richard Lowery, Ph.D.
With addition discussion with Pastor Linda McCrae.


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.


Course Details

Registration is open the on-demand online lecture: “Advent: Preaching Texts from the Hebrew Bible and Gospels” taught by Rick Lowery.

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Part of Our Video Lecture Series

This course, "Advent: Preaching Texts from the Hebrew Bible and Gospels," is one of our video-only courses consisting of five 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.

  • 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)

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.

Course Instructor: Dr. Rick Lowery


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.