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Explore Truth Summit 2015 with Os Guinness

April 15-17 in Austin, TX

If you're thinking about our society and the direction we're going in; if you're wondering how it's all going to work out; if you're interested in thinking about the meaning of life; if you ponder how to navigate the streams of contemporary culture . . . or, if you just enjoy hearing a well-known speaker with profound insights on current cultural and societal issues . . . then Explore Truth Summit is for you!

Co-sponsored by Hill Country Institute and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), Explore Truth Summit takes place over three days with a series of five events in multiple venues.  Os Guinness, author and social critic, will be the keynote speaker.

Os Guinness

Great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, Os was born in China where his parents were medical missionaries during World War II and where he witnessed the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949.  Os has written or edited more than twenty-five books including:  "The American Hour", "Time for Truth", "The Call", "Invitation to the Classics", A Case for Civility"and "A Free People's Suicide".  His latest book is "Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times".

Os has been a frequent speaker and seminar leader at political, business and other conferences in both Europe and the United States (including "TED") and has addressed audiences from the British House of Commons to the U.S. Congress to the St. Petersburg Parliament to the Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences.

The Truth Summit is open to the public, and two of the events are free of charge.  Three are over lunch or dinner, so ticket purchase is required.  

Ticketed events are sold separately.

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Time for Truth - Living Free in a World of Lies, Hype and Spin
Wednesday, April 15  
Cost:  FREE

Renaissance - The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times
Wednesday, April 15  
Hope in the City; 4407 Monterey Oaks Blvd.
Cost:  FREE

The Journey - A Thinking Person's Quest for Meaning
Thursday, April 16  
11:30am - 1:00pm
Sullivan's Restaurant—Sully's Side Bar; 300 Colorado Street
Cost:  $25/person

The Journey - A Thinking Person's Quest for Meaning
Thursday, April 16  
6:30 - 8:30pm
County Line on the Lake; 5204 Ranch Road 2222
Cost:  $30/person

The Global Public Square—Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity
Friday, April 17  
11:30am - 1:00pm
St. David's Episcopal Church—Bethell Hall; 301 E. 8th Street
Cost:  $18/person

Dr. Jeremy Begbie is Coming to San Antonio

Those of you who attended Transforming Culture: A Vision for the Church and the Arts, a conference on faith and the arts put on by HCI in partnership with several individuals and organizations, will remember Dr. Jeremy Begbie who spoke on the relationship of the Church and artists.  His message deeply touched the hearts and minds of everyone in the room, and his unique style of lecturing from behind a piano was like nothing we'd ever seen before.  (Watch the video of his talk here.)

Dr. Begbie is the Director of Duke University's Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. He teaches systematic theology and specializes in the interface between theology and the arts; in particular, the interplay between music and theology.  Inspiring both the musician and the non-musician, the pastor and the layperson, the theologian and the seeker, he uses music to explain Kingdom Truths about Hope, the work of the Holy Spirit, the beauty of uniqueness, and much more.

Hill Country Institute is pleased to partner with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas's Commission on Liturgy and Music to bring Dr. Begbie to San Antonio for a one-of-a-kind lecture series in February.  Titled "More Than Meets the Ear:  What Does Music Have to do With God", the conference will feature Dr. Begbie and his captivating lectures on the unique ways in which we can know and express God through music.


$25 online

$35 at the door


Friday, Feb. 6

7:00 - 8:30 pm   Lecture and Demonstration/Q&A

Saturday, Feb. 7

9:00 - 10:00am   Breakfast and book signing

10:00 - 11:30am   Lecture and Demonstration/Q&A

11:30am - 1:30pm  LUNCH  (on your own)

1:30 - 3:00pm   Lecture and Demonstration/Final Q&A

You can learn more about Dr. Begbie online at and on YouTube by searching Jeremy Begbie.  The Right Reverend Michael Curry, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, interviewed Jeremy prior to a lecture he gave at Duke.  You can get an idea of his unique teaching style and powerful message in this short video:

2014 Year of Laying Down Stones

2014 - It has been a very good year.  "Aslan is on the move."  We at Hill Country Institute want to thank all of you for your interest and support of the work we do.  This year has been amazing as we've stepped into some new areas we felt God was calling us to, and you all have been tremendously supportive.  Thank you.  We'd love to share what we've been up to this year . . . (click on title below to access the story)

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