A 90-minute presentation by Gary Hansen
Recorded November 1
Webinar (on-demand replay) – $29.95 (1-6 participants)
DVD – $43.95 (free shipping)
Advent is coming soon. Prepare to make it a time of spiritual renewal with classical lectio divina, or “divine reading.” One of the most ancient Christian spiritual disciplines, lectio divina helps you find the Bible a reliable pathway to the presence of God. We need that in our day: many Christians think only a scholar can make sense of Scripture, and many others settle for superficial devotional reading. In classical lectio divina the whole of you engages the biblical text both intellectually and prayerfully.
This webinar will give a brief background on the ways lectio divina is currently taught, and then dive more deeply into the less-familiar classic form of the practice from the Middle Ages. Whether you happen to be a medieval monk or a 21st century Presbyterian, this kind of prayerful wrestling with Scripture can be the foundation of a life of deep communion with God. We will practice the steps together on one Advent text, and set out a plan to spend December using lectio with other key Advent texts, either on your own or with a group.
What will you learn?
- The potential value of taking on the practice of lectio divina – and you will develop a game plan to do that for the coming season of Advent.
- Three different ways lectio divina is practiced and their benefits.
- How to practice the four steps of classic medieval lectio divina.
Who should participate?
This webinar will be intended for pastors and adult Christians who wish the Bible were a more reliable source of life and faith.
GARY NEAL HANSEN is the award-winning author of “Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History’s Best Teachers.” Formerly the associate professor of church history at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, he now lives in Pittsburgh working as a writer, consultant and speaker for conferences and retreats. You can connect with him (and get a free ebook on classical lectio divina) at his website: garynealhansen.com.
If you have a group larger than 6, please contact Jana Blazek for group pricing.
Twenty-five scholarships for this webinar have been generously provided by the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. If a scholarship would be helpful to you or your church and you live in the following states: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.