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More Than Just Another THING

We've all been bombarded with messages about buying, buying, buying.  Black Friday and Cyber Monday: your chance to score that great deal on some THING to spend more money on.  Today, December 2, we're reminded about the power of our dollars to make a difference in someone's life, to bring change, to impact our communities.  It's #GIVING TUESDAY!  Today you can celebrate GIVING by supporting Hill Country Institute.  Your donations help us put on events to help Christians engage the people around them with the heart and mind of Christ and online resources to provide ongoing education and inspiration. Our C.S. Lewis events, arts conferences, the Vibrant Dance of Faith & Science,  Conversational Sundays, the Hill Country Institute Live radio program, and the HCI Live Podcast—all are made possible from your generous gifts.  Thank you for considering making a gift to Hill Country Institute this month (and beyond!)  it's easy!  Just CLICK HERE.

Nov. 10 and 11 - Mere Education: C.S. Lewis as Teacher for Our Time

Dr. Mark Pike, Head of School and Professor in Educational Values and Pedagogy in the School of Education at University of Leeds, will be speaking at Regents School of Austin and at Concordia University on Lewis' educational vision and how it applies to issues of critical importance for parents, students, teachers and school leaders.  Mere Education clearly describes the boundaries Lewis perceived that will protect schooling from an incoming tide of ideological assumptions that threaten to erode and undermine excellence.


Sponsored by Concordia University, Hill Country Institute and Regents School of Austin.

Both events are free and open to the public.  No reservation required.

Monday, November 10, 7pm - Regents School of Austin, 3230 Travis Country Cir.; Knights Hall, 3rd Floor of the School of Rhetoric Building

Tuesday, November 11, 9:00am - Concordia University, 11400 Concordia University Drive; The Black Box Theater in Building B, Room 230.

C.S. Lewis was an inspirational teacher and took a keen interest in secondary schooling. Yet the contribution of C.S. Lewis to the field of education goes far beyond this. During the Second World War, Lewis taught the people of a whole country through his radio broadcasts and criss-crossed Great Britain giving talks and answering questions on military bases about the purpose of life. He also showed how schooling could be undertaken in the light of that purpose.

As parents, teachers and school leaders we know we are responsible for helping our children and young people to acquire knowledge and skills, but also virtue and good character. C.S. Lewis believed educational excellence concerned the cultivation of both. Mere Education shows how excellence should be nurtured in school leadership, teaching and learning by evaluating a range of current policies and practices in schooling in the light of the thought of C.S. Lewis. The result is a much-needed and controversial appraisal of modern education.

For more information, contact Larry Linenschmidt at 512-680-7993.

Special Day of Prayer for Mexico

Hill Country Institute joins with ministry leaders in San Antonio to encourage believers to pray for the nation of Mexico during this critical time.

October 7, 2014, has been set aside as a day of focused, coordinated prayer for this nation so dear to the heart of God.

Please mark your calendar and plan to join in the concerted prayers going up that day.  Gather other believers from your church or community and pray together or pray as an individual wherever you are.  There are also three scheduled prayer services being held in the San Antonio area, and everyone is invited to attend one or all of these:

OCTOBER 7, 2014

6:30am      Temple of Praise       210-673-1000

10:00am     Central Church of God     210-415-1222

7:00pm       First Presbyterian Church   210-226-0215

  • Pray for Christian leaders in Mexico.
  • Pray for Mexico to flourish.
  • Pray for God-honoring relationships between Mexico and the U.S.
  • Pray for the Churches of Mexico.

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