Hill Country Institute Live: Exploring Christ and Culture

Hill Country Institute Live: Exploring Christ and Culture

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. For more information about the events and resources Hill Country Institute provides, such as messages from our conferences on Faith & Science, Faith & Art, and impact of the work of C.S. Lewis, visit hillcountryinstitute.org

Episodes

November 27, 2021 58 min

Larry talks with Richard Battle, award-winning author of eight books,  advisor to for-profit and non-profit organizations, and an accomplished speaker, about vocational calling, service, and trusting Christ in difficult times. 

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In both Austin and San Antonio, there have been recent outbreaks of anti-semitic acts including banners with anti-Semitic language hung by members of a hate group on overpasses in areas with large Jewish populations, a fire set at a local synagogue, hate speech painted on the parking lot of a local high school, and others. How is a Christian to respond to such heinous acts? Are all people of faith put at risk when any of us are thr...

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Larry talks with Father Matt about the life experiences and culture which have impacted those who are under forty. What influences this age cohort-Millennials and Gen Z-to hear, resist, or embrace the gospel message? And for Christians under forty, what are they seeking in the church? They discuss community, the impact of technology, seeking justice, and more. 

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Larry talks with Liuan about how we can broaden our understanding of the life of Asian Americans. What is the history and current place of Asian Americans in the US, and in the church? What would Asian Americans want us to know about their lives and how they are treated? How has Covid contributed to increased prejudice and violence against Asian Americans? How might we come alongside our Asian American brothers and sisters and shar...

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Larry and Jon will discuss the vocational calling of caring for creation, as well as how each of us can personally participate in this Biblical mandate. They also consider some of the environmental issues which are common to both Michigan-Au Sable’s home base-and Texas, including industrial, plastic, and air pollution, algae blooms and dead zones, and the impact of a warming earth.

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Larry and John discuss what it means to be made in the Image of God, our identity based in our relationship to Christ, and some issues of our times including sexual orientation, gender identity and racial relations. 

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Winter Storm Uri, Icepocalyse, the Big Freeze in February — whatever you call it, we in Austin are still trying to understand what happened and how to prepare for the future to avoid power outages. Frank McCamant returns to Hill Country Institute Live to update us on what the data has revealed, plans that are being made for the future of the electric power grid in Texas, and the impact of the bills passed by the Texas Legislature. ...

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Dr. Hugh Ross and Larry discuss his book, Weathering Climate Change: A Fresh Approach. The natural history of the earth shows substantial volatility in its climate. However, for the last 9,500 years, humans have benefited from climate stability and civilization has flourished. How did the activities of man slow the global cooling which would have been consistent with the cycle of the last 800,000 years and contributed to climate st...

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Alan Graham, Visionary, Founder, and CEO of Mobile Loaves and Fishes and Community First! Village, discusses with Larry why and how people fall into homelessness; how the community lives together with respect and dignity; the micro-enterprises which many in Community First! operate (artisans, blacksmiths, and more); Genesis Garden, where they raise organic vegetables, fruits and nuts, chickens, goats and bees; and Alan’s exciting v...

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Larry interviews Winn Collier, author of A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson. Winn was one of many pastors who Pastor Peterson mentored. They had a long-term friendship and Winn was granted exclusive access to his personal papers to write the biography. Larry and Winn discuss the influences on Pastor Peterson’s life and spirituality, his personal growth and challenges, and how The Message grew out ...

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Joe Pojman, Executive Director of the Texas Alliance for Life, updates us on pro-life legislation which is currently in process in the Texas Legislature. Joe is asking for all of us to call our State Representatives in support of the seven pro-life bills which have passed out of the Senate to the House, including Senate Bill’s 8, 9, 394, 650, 802, 1173, and 1657. For additional detail on the bills, please visit the Texas Alliance f...

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Is artificial intelligence a welcome addition to our advancing knowledge and capacity to improve human life or an uncontrollable force that will dominate our lives? Jay Richards, author of The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines, reviews the history of technological advances and the benefits which they offer to our lives and society, even as we deal with disruptions along the way.


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How did the agricultural producers in Texas fare in Icepocalypse, now officially known as Winter Storm Uri? Will we have beef, grapefruit, and other food items from Texas in the future? How do farmers and ranchers prepare for the weather extremes we are experiencing including the ongoing drought? How much did the storm cost our agricultural community in Texas? How do the losses compare to past extreme weather events such as the dro...

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When most of us went to bed on Sunday night, Feb. 14, the power was on and we enjoyed pleasant dreams. In the early morning hours on Monday, Feb. 15th, the dreams, and the power, were gone. What happened? How does the electric market work in Texas? What is ERCOT and the PUC and what do they do? Power generators, transmission companies, and distribution companies bringing power to our homes and businesses, all managed by the grid ma...

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John Hall, a longtime Texas leader who brings businesses, elected officials, and community leaders together to grow jobs, restore and maintain clean air and water, and take care of those who are poor and suffer most from pollution, is our featured guest on this episode of Hill Country Institute Live. We discuss the impact of John’s faith on his career, air quality issues (the five largest metropolitan areas in Texas all had over 10...

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In this episode, Larry and David discuss the division in our country and how Christians can work to heal our land while also advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and other issues that are important in a Biblical worldview. We’ll consider pluralism, toleration, federalism, and humility as aspects of respectful dialogue and coexistence, and the question of how we live Micah 6:8 in our times-

He has told you, O...

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Dr. Jessica Moerman is the Senior Director for Science and Policy at the Evangelical Environmental Network. In this interview, Larry and Dr. Moerman discuss the Biblical call to care for God’s good creation, women in STEM, the ministry of EEN, environmental issues of concern, and caring for the least among us and future generations.

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The natural history of the earth shows substantial volatility in its climate. For the last 9,500 years, humans have benefited from climate stability and civilization has flourished. How did the activities of man slow the global cooling which would have been consistent with the cycle of the last 800,000 years and contributed to climate stability before the Industrial Revolution began around 1750? How are increased emissions from ind...

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Larry and Ben Lowe, Board Chair of A Rocha USA and a longtime leader in encouraging and equipping Christians in creation care discuss our Biblical calling to care for God’s good creation. They also discuss environmental concerns Millennial and Gen Z Christians have about the world they have inherited; areas of concern including pollution, food production, and overfishing; and what it means to be good stewards of creation. 

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Rev Kyle is the Midwest Director of the Evangelical Environmental Network. In this interview, Larry and Rev Kyle discuss awe and worship of God as we observe and enjoy the beauty and intricacy of His creation, our Biblical calling to care for God's good creation, and why young people are so concerned about what is happening to our environement.

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