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Texas Hill Country Bible Conference 2015
Sanctification: The Long Journey Home

Pre-conference with Derek Thomas:
Dangerous Journey: A Vision of the Christian Life, John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress Revisited

Greg Gilbert
Derek Thomas

Rob Shelton
Jane Roach

February 27 - 28, 2015

St. John Lutheran Church
315 Rosewood Ave.
Boerne, TX 78006

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Conference Summary

This year's Texas Hill Country Bible Conference Sanctification: The Long Journey Home will explore the various twists and turns, ups and downs, struggles and battles of the Christian life. "Sanctification" is the Bible's word for it - the shape of holiness both positively and negatively, highs and lows, encouragements and threats. Through several sessions speakers Derek Thomas and Greg Gilbert will highlight various aspects of sanctification, reflecting how it ought to be and how it often is. A tension then? Yes, as the life of holiness always is. A fight? Certainly. Against principalities and powers, the world, the flesh and the devil. For high-brow, intellectual Christians only? No! It is for everybody - young and old, beginners and finishers.

We will be examining questions such as: What function does the law have in sanctification? Is holiness by faith alone? Can Christians fall into a pattern of repetitive sin? Can we ever be sure that we will make it to the end? Is there any hope for the burdened soul that it might get easier? These questions, and many more, will occupy us at the 2015 Texas Hill Country Bible Conference.

Join us February 27 and 28, 2015 in Boerne, Texas with speakers Derek Thomas and Greg Gilbert as we discuss the all important topic of Sanctification.


Friday, February 27, 2015
Dangerous Journey: A Vision of the Christian Life, John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress Revisited

9:00 a.m. Pre-Conference Registration
10:00 a.m. The Most Important Book Next to the Bible: The Pilgrims Progress
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. A Narrative Catechism: Theological Hand-Grenades in The Pilgrims Progress
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. A Book for Our Time: Why The Pilgrims Progress is Needed Today
2:30 p.m. Question & Answer Session
3:30 p.m. End of Pre-Conference

Sanctification: The Long Journey Home
5:30 p.m. Conference Registration
7:00 p.m. The Starting Point: Definitive Sanctification, Derek Thomas
8:00 p.m. Love or Hate?, Greg Gilbert

Saturday, February 28, 2015

8:00 a.m. Late Registration
8:45 a.m. Hymn Sing
9:00 a.m. The Obstacles: World, Flesh, and the Devil-Mortification, Derek Thomas
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Life or Death?, Greg Gilbert
11:15 a.m. Questions and Answers
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Book Signing
1:30 p.m. Seminars (Select one)

  • Holy Warfare, Greg Gilbert
  • Sanctification and Law: Legalism?, Derek Thomas
  • Further Up and Further In: C.S. Lewis and Sanctification, Rob Shelton
  • Joy Beyond Agony: The Cross in Sanctification, Jane Roach

2:30 p.m. Sacred Concert
3:00 p.m. Faith or Fear?, Greg Gilbert
4:00 p.m. End of Conference


Greg Gilbert photoGreg Gilbert earned his B.A. from Yale University and his M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Greg is the senior preaching pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. He is the author of the book What Is the Gospel? and co-author of the books What Is the Mission of the Church? and Preach: Theology Meets Practice. Greg is husband to Moriah and father of Justin, Jack, and Juliet.

Derek Thomas photoDerek Thomas is the senior minister at historic First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC as well as a professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary teaching in both Atlanta, GA and Jackson, MS, and editor of After pastoring in Ireland for 17 years, Dr. Thomas served on the staff of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS for 15 years. He has written or edited 15 books, including How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home and Acts Reformed Expository Commentary. Derek has been married to his wife, Rosemary, for over 35 years. They have two adult children, Ellen and Owen, two grandchildren, Hannah and Daniel.

Rob Shelton photoRob Shelton is the Rhetoric School Headmaster at Geneva School of Boerne, a classical Christian private school, where he also teaches the juniors their required Worldview Analysis course. Before coming to this position eight years ago, he served for 22 years as a youth pastor and also served as a lecturer in English at UTSA. His background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from UTSA and an MDiv from SWBTS. He as been married to his wife Kathleen for 27 years and they have twin daughters Emily and Erica, both of whom attend Geneva.

Jane Roach photoJane Roach began teaching the Bible in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) in 1978. Her work as Director of Training for the BSF global headquarters staff (1985 to 2011) included teaching and training BSF leaders and developing materials for both leaders and class participants. Before that, she taught mathematics at San Antonio College and Texas State University while studying pure mathematics at The University of Texas-Austin. She currently teaches two women's Bible studies, serves on the Texas Hill Country Bible Conference steering committee, and directs the women's ministries at Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA), Boerne TX. Joy Beyond Agony: Embracing the Cross of Christ is her first book. Jane and her husband Jim have one daughter, one son, four grandsons, and two granddaughters.

Hotel Information

The Hampton Inn & Suites
34935 IH-10 West
Boerne, TX 78006
Rate: $129 / night
Distance: 1.9 Miles from church

Fairfield Inn & Suites
6 Cascade Caverns Road
Boerne, TX 78006
Rate: $149 / night
Distance: 3.4 Miles from church

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