Greetings and welcome to the web site of the Hill Country Institute.
The Institute seeks to inspire thoughtful, informed Christians who actively engage the culture with the love and mind of Christ. Our interaction with a pluralistic culture calls for careful thought, application of Biblical principles, and a willingness to humbly prepare to explain the gospel message in the “free marketplace of ideas”, as Francis Schaeffer wrote. Winsome and lively expressions and applications of Christian thought in our daily lives and in the myriad of aspects of culture which confront us are the both the challenge and the joy of our work at the Hill Country Institute.
The Institute began as volunteers worked together to organize a variety of events, primarily C.S. Lewis Conferences. We have since worked in collaboration with individuals, churches, and other organizations to present major conferences on faith and science, faith and art, and other areas of interest in preparing for thoughtful application of Christian thought to our lives.
A key goal is to serve the Body of Christ by bringing together orthodox Christian thought leaders to address issues of concern to followers of Christ and those who may be considering His place in our times. We work to address issues in a variety of forums, including conferences and web based resources, with the express purpose of encouraging mutual respect and gracious fellowship among orthodox Christians.
We recently presented our second symposium under the Vibrant Dance Initiative. The Vibrant Dance of Faith & Science Theology Editionwas held in Houston Texas on on October 28-29, 2011. Speaker were Todd Beall, Craig Blaising, Walter Kaiser, John Mark Reynolds, John Walton, and Bruce Waltke. Click for the event website and for audio and video from the symposium.
In 2010 we started the Vibrant Dance Initiative with our first major symposium on faith and science. The Vibrant Dance of Faith and Science: Empowering the Church to Transform the Culture,that was held in Austin, Texas, October 26-28, 2010. Speakers included Andy Crouch(Senior Editor, Christianity Today), Ross Hastings(Regent College), Hugh Rossand Fazale Rana ( Reasons to Believe), Darrel Falk( Biologos Foundation), Stephen Meyer( Discovery Institute), Dinesh D’Souza(Author), Jack Collins(Covenant Seminary), Walter Bradley(Baylor University), Rob Norris (Fourth Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD), Dan Heinze(Geophysicist), and Deborah Haarsma(Calvin College). Topics included an overview of key issues including the interpretation of Genesis and the origins of the universe, life and mankind; worldview and science; the limitations and dangers of science; the nurture and spiritual formation of the scientific person, and how the Body of Christ can impact and transform the culture in the area of science. Audio and video of this event are available on the Vibrant Dance site.
Past events include Transforming Culture: A Vision for The Church and The Arts (featuring Eugene Peterson, Jeremy Begbie, David Taylor, Andy Crouch, Barbara Nicolosi and John Witvliet), (CD’s are available, contact us by clicking here).
As a young, growing organization, we are actively seeking financial support and assistance from volunteers. If you would like to be part of the team as a financial supporter, you can contact me or donate online. If you are interested in learning more about our efforts to serve the Body of Christ, if you would like to be part of the team as a volunteer, or if we can be of assistance to you, please contact us.
Thank you again for visiting. Come back and see us soon and we hope to see you at upcoming events.
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