April 2-7, 2017

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April 10, 2017

The Death of Humanity and the Case for Life

With Dr. Richard Weikart

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at The Lakeway Church
2203 Lakeway Blvd.; Lakeway, TX

Past Events

March 18, 2017

Evangelism in the Way of St. Patrick

March 18, 2017

Fredericksburg, Texas

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November 19, 2016

A Day with C.S. Lewis

October 21, 2016

Common Descent Debate

February 24-26

Hill Country Institute is pleased to announce a series of events coming to Austin from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Over February 24-26, three days of events in multiple venues. Michael Ramsden, International Director of RZIM, is the guest speaker. Michael has a brilliant mind, a wealth of experience tackling tough issues related to Christianity, the Church, and the ways of God, as well as a keen ability to communicate to diverse audiences around the globe. Most events are free (with registration), and one requires ticket purchase. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

August 23
Day of Prayer for Teachers

Do you know someone who is a teacher? Do you think about how important it is to pray for them, not just at the beginning of the school year, but all year long? They are truly on the front lines, and they go out every single day to nurture, love and influence young lives.

In partnership with First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, we are encouraging churches, individuals, families and anyone who's interested to consider August 23 as a Day of Prayer for Teachers. We want to encourage focused prayer for teachers throughout the year, but this particular date is the Sunday before most schools begin their Fall semesters, so it's a perfect time to dedicate prayer for the teachers in our lives.

Along with a special month-long series of personal interviews with teachers and students about the impact teachers can have on young lives on Hill Country Institute Live Radio Program and Podcast, we also have set up a page on our site for resources for a Day of Prayer for Teachers (August 23 and throughout the year). 

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June 14

FLOURISH - Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Power

An Evening to consider how humanity can flourish and how power, idolatry, injustice and love are all part of it. Andy Crouch, Executive Editor of Christianity Today magazine, will be our guest speaker. Tickets available online and at the door. Sunday, June 14, 6pm at Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd St.

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April 15-17

Explore Truth Summit with Os Guinness

Three days; five events in multiple venues in Austin, TX.  Co-sponsored by Hill Country Institute and Ravi Zacharias Ministries, the Summit is a unique opportunity to have a highly-sought-after speaker with keen insight into contemporary culture and thoughtful ability to address the "tough" questions.

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February 6-7, 2015

More Than Meets the Ear:  What Does Music Have to do With God?

Dr. Jeremy Begbie, Director of Duke University's Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, will present a one-of-a-kind lecture series on the unique ways in which we can know and express God through music.  Dr. Begbie is a well-known and greatly loved speaker and teacher whose messages bring hope, encouragement, and inspiration. Using music to demonstrate Kingdom Truths, Dr. Begbie's lecture style is one you won't ever forget.

Hill Country Institute is co-sponsoring this event with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas' Commission on Liturgy and Music.  February 6 - 7 in San Antonio, TX, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 11 St. Luke's Lane.  Tickets are $25 online and $35 at the door. 

November 21-23, 2014

CONVERSATIONS ON FAITH:  Uncovering God's Masterpiece in Ourselves and in Others


Set in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas, a weekend of reflection, engagement, discovery and renewal.  With guest speakers, Dr. Eric Bryant, Dr. Darci Hill, and Dr. Susan Quiring, we explored how to see ourselves and others as the masterpieces God made us to be. Topics included:

* Engaging the people in our spheres with more "Christ-likeness" and less "Pharisee-likeness"
* Touching the longings of the human heart by using the beauty and power of story to convey Truth
* Recovering the lost art of conversation*Listening - the skill that communicates interest and honor
* Language—the God-given link between us.  How do we converse with the diverse people who cross our paths every day?

November 10-11, 2014

Mere Education: C.S. Lewis as Teacher for our Time

Dr. Mark Pike, Head of School and Professor in Educational Values and Pedagogy 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.

Both events are free and open to the public:

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.

September 14, 2014

CONVERSATIONAL SUNDAYS:  Groundhogs, Chariots, Red Pills, and Jesus—Using Movies to Stimulate Conversations About the Big Questions of Life

Our seventh and final in the series of "family dinner conversations" based on the book "Mud and the Masterpiece" by John Burke, Pastor of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas.  Our guest speaker will be Walter Bradley, Fellow of Hill Country Institute and retired professor of engineering.  Walter will lead us in a discussion of how we can use film to initiate fun, non-threatening conversations about the big questions of life.  The venue will be Zhi Tea Gallery; 4607 Bolm Road.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.



August 17, 2014

CONVERSATIONAL SUNDAYS:  Love THAT Neighbor, Too? Building Friendships With People Who Have Different Worldviews From Our Own

Sixth in a series of seven "family dinner conversations" based on the book "Mud and the Masterpiece" by John Burke, Pastor of Gateway Church in Austin, Texas.  Our guest speaker was a friend of HCI who has spent many years living amongst Muslim neighbors in North Africa.  He lead us in a discussion of how we love our neighbor even if they have a different worldview from that of our own.




July 13, 2014

Conversational Sundays - Who is My Neighbor? With guest speaker, Kirby Holmes, from Gateway Church of Austin, we explored what it means to love as Jesus loved, to treat people the people in our lives as the extraordinary masterpieces they are, even if they come from a different worldview from our own.  Held at Zhi Tea Gallery in Austin, Texas.  Click here to see photos of the event.


November 23, 2013

A C.S. LEWIS CELEBRATION DINNER: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of C.S. Lewis Enjoy dinner and entertainment at a Hill Country Estate near the base of Enchanted Rock.  A live presentation of Lewis' "The Weight of Glory" will be presented after dinner.
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April 2013

C.S. LEWIS AND THE DIVINE PRESENCE: Living the Mystery of the Indwelling God
Five C.S. Lewis scholars, a panel discussion, live music performances, capped off by a moving concert by THE BRILLIANCE.
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October 2012
WORLDVIEW UNPLUGGED: C.S. Lewis’ Discarded Images and Changing Paradigms
Back by popular demand, the Hill Country Institute presented a C.S. Lewis Retreat in Austin, Texas! CLICK HERE for details.

May 18, 2012
From Abolitionism to Environmentalism: The Power of the Gospel in Cultural Transformation

10|28 to 10|29|2011
Vibrant Dance of Faith & Science Theology Edition!

10|26 to 10|28|2010
The Vibrant Dance of Faith and Science

06|19|2010, 09:45
Why Science Cannot Be God
The Limitations of ScienceEvoke an Expectation of Divine Revelation

Presented by
The Hill Country Institute for Contemporary Christianity and Reasons to Believe

Dan Heinze, Geophysicist

David Taylor: For the Beauty of the Church
David Taylor will sign copies ofFor the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts, his book.

02|11 to 02|12|2010
How Children Raise Parents: Dan Allender
How Children Raise Parents:Dan Allender on Parenting

February 11-12, 2009

Speaker: Dan Allender, Author, Professor and Counselor, Founding President of Mars Hill Graduate [...]

Science and Faith: Complementary or In Conflict?
Dr. Walter BradleyScience and Faith: Complementary or In Conflict?Current Topics in the Debate

06|21 to 06|24|2009
2009 RENOVARÉ International Conference


The Great Debate: Was Darwin Wrong?

Menuge: What Has Design Ever Done for Science?
“What Has Design Ever Done for Science”Dr. Angus Menuge

Menuge: C.S. Lewis on Imagination and Truth
“C.S. Lewis on Imagination and Truth”The Third Annual C.S. Lewis LectureDr. Angus Menuge

Law and Clergy Conference: 2009

A Day with C.S. Lewis
A Day with C S Lews

04|01 to 04|03|2008
Transforming Culture

Irrigating Deserts: Lewis 2007

03|26 to 03|27|2007
The Legacy of C. S. Lewis

01|26 to 01|27|2007
Finding God at Harvard & Texas

In Defense of the Eye II

09|22 to 09|23|2006
The Hill Country Renovare

Goodness, Truth and Beauty: C. S. Lewis

Ron Jensen Leadership Presentation
Ron Jensen Leadership Presentation, March 2006. Presented in conjunction with Austin Christian Executives and Peter Strople. Attendance of approximately 35.

Gordon Pennington Informal Update on Impact of Media
Gordon Pennington Informal Update on Impact of Media, Spring 2006. Presented in conjunction with Tea Embassy. Attendance of approximately 12.

Christian Scholar’s Forum, 2006-2008
Christian Scholar’s Forum, 2006-2008. Venue: University of Texas. Assisted graduate students of UT and other universities in originating a forum [...]

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Apologetics and evangelistic training events for the movie, 2005. Organized in conjunction with [...]

Ethics in a Post Enron Age

Maxwell and Willow Creek Leadership Events
Regional presentations of John Maxwell and Willow Creek Leadership Events, 2004-2006. Assisted Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church and Bethany United Methodist [...]

Halftime Workshop
Halftime Workshop, 2002. Venue: Covenant Presbyterian Church. Co-directed with Bob Sleet of Austin Bridge Builders Alliance. Attendance of approximately 125.

First Austin C.S. Lewis Conference
First Austin C.S. Lewis Conference, The Rediscovery of Evil: A Christian Response, May 2002. Venue: St. Edward’s University. Speakers included [...]

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