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We're delighted to announce we have launched the first ever Hill Country Institute podcast called Hill Country Institute Live: Exploring Christ and Culture. New episodes are uploaded on a weekly basis, so you can listen to them at your convenience on your computer or any mobile device. Hosted by Larry Linenschmidt, Hill Country Institute Live is an ongoing conversation about issues of concern and interest to the Church today. We visit the life and works of giants of another day, such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and also spend time with people and ministries doing creative work to fight human trafficking, feed the poor, create quality art, be good stewards of the environment, and much more, all with the heart and mind of Christ. You can search for Hill Country Institute Live in iTunes or access it here.
How do we think about urban planning with the mind of Christ?
How do we care for God's creation in a Biblically informed way and manage transportation for a growing city?
How do we housing for lower middle-class families and foster community in city planning?
Kit Johnson is someone who works with these issues on a daily basis. He's also someone who lives out his faith as he does his job. Kit is the City Architect for Austin, Texas.
Larry interviewed Kit on Hill Country Institute Live. You can enjoy their chat here:
Larry interviewed Peter and Miranda Harris, the co-founders of A Rocha, an environmental stewardship ministry with projects and teams in 19 countries around the world. Carson Dickie, the U.S. Director of Project Development, also participated in the program. A Rocha builds international, cross-cultural teams to do scientific research, provide environmental education, and work on projects and activities related to caring for creation as God does.
Their practical conservation activities give them credibility in the conservation world. While A Rocha is distinctively Christian, they choose not to speak exclusively to Christian audiences, so their work is showing God's love for ALL creation, including all people. Four distinctives which characterize A Rocha are: 1) their conviction that Christ is Lord; 2) practical action; 3) credible advocacy; and 4) diversity of cultures.
Often it is the poor who suffer first when the environment is damaged, so A Rocha believes the environment is an issue of justice. They also encourage Christians to be involved in conservation out of obedience, hope and love. A Rocha is Portugese for "The Rock", giving a colorful double meaning of Christ the Rock and bringing a Christian approach to creation care.
In the interview, Larry and the Harrises and Carson Dickie discussed the organization's approach to community building and support of local methods in the context of projects in locals as varied as Ghana, Portugal, and a ranch in Texas.
Find out more about A Rocha here.
Enjoy Larry's interview with Peter and Miranda Harris and Carson Dickie of A Rocha by clicking on the player below.