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Texas Hill Country Bible Conference 2014
Cultivating a Christian Worldview
Pre-Conference: A Puritan Untimely Born: Charles Spurgeon and the Demise of English Evangelical Conviction

Phillip Johnson
Philip Ryken

Seminar Speakers
Karen Elliott
Paul Jones
Philip Ryken
Rob Shelton

February 28 - March 1, 2014

First Baptist Church
631 S. School Street
Boerne, TX 78006

Walk in Registration is available at the Church.

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Conference Summary

The conflict between Christian and non-Christian worldviews calls for thoughtful engagement. In an increasingly secularized society, Christians often find their ideas under attack. How can we maintain a Christ-centered perspective on the contested issues of our day? And how can we live out a faithful Christian testimony at school, at home, at church, at work, and in the marketplace of ideas?

The answer is by having a consistently Christian worldview that shapes our thoughts, guides our words, and motivates our actions. This conference will build a foundation for worldview thinking by exploring:

the way Almighty God created the world and everything in it, including the people He made in His image (Creation);
the way we turned away from our Creator and came under the curse of a righteous God in a sinful world (Fall);
the way God is saving His people from sin and death through the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son (Grace); and
the present and future preeminence of Jesus Christ over the everlasting kingdom of God (Glory).

By being familiar with the unfolding drama of redemption, Christians will be better prepared to think through the various conflicts that arise and act in a manner befitting a Christian in God’s world.


A Puritan Untimely Born: Charles Spurgeon and the Demise of English Evangelical Conviction

When young Charles Spurgeon was first called to London's most famous Baptist pulpit he was widely regarded as a novelty and an upstart, too innovative for conservative London. One critic wrote, "He has gone up like a rocket, and ere long will come down like a stick."

Three short decades later, Spurgeon's critics were dismissing him as a theological dinosaur, antiquated, outmoded, and totally of touch with the times.

In reality, Spurgeon was totally unconcerned with being either stylish or old-fashioned. From childhood, he had imbibed the spirit of the Puritans. He sought to be biblical. His values and ministry philosophy were timeless. He scorned fads and fashions. That's why we still read and learn from him today, while the Victorian critics who derided him as outdated seem so quaint and old-fashioned.

In three sessions we'll talk about Spurgeon's Puritan roots and values, and we'll examine his classic approach to Scripture and ministry.


Friday, February 28, 2014
9:00 a.m. Pre-Conference Registration
10:00 a.m. Spurgeon's Puritan Roots
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Spurgeon the Warrior
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. The Downgrade Disaster
2:30 p.m. Question & Answer Session
3:30 p.m. End of Pre-Conference
5:30 p.m. Conference Registration
7:00 p.m. First Address: He Is There and He Is Not Silent, Philip Ryken
8:00 p.m. Second Address: In the Beginning, Phillip Johnson

Saturday, March 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. Late Registration
8:45 a.m. Hymn Sing
9:00 a.m. Third Address: Not the Way It's Supposed to Be, Philip Ryken
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Fourth Address: Divine Intervention, Phillip Johnson
11:15 a.m. Questions and Answers
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Sacred Concert
2:00 p.m. Seminars
3:30 p.m. Book signing with Philip Ryken
4:00 p.m. Fifth Address: Paradise Regained, Philip Ryken

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Phillip Johnson photoPhillip Johnson is Executive Director of Grace to You, the media ministry of John MacArthur. Phil is also an elder at Grace Community Church, where he pastors the GraceLife fellowship group. He is probably best known for his websites, which include The Spurgeon Archive and The Hall of Church History. Phil's wife, Darlene, has been his partner in life and ministry since 1978. Together they raised three sons and now delight in being grandparents (with four grandchildren - and another on the way).

Paul Jones photoPaul Jones has been organist and music director at Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA, since 1998. There he conducts the Tenth Church Choir and Tenth Chamber Players and oversees the entire music program and staff. He has been an adjunct associate professor of Choral Music at Temple University since 2009. Dr. Jones holds undergraduate degrees in music (performance and composition) and in Bible from Philadelphia Biblical University, the master's degree in piano performance and the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University in choral conducting. He is the author of two books on church music and more than 200 sacred compositions.

Philip Ryken photoPhilip Ryken is the Bible teacher on the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals' weekly radio broadcast, Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken also serves as president of Wheaton College. He was educated at Wheaton College (IL), Westminster Theological Seminary (PA), and the University of Oxford (UK), from which he received his doctorate in historical theology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children, Josh, Kirsten, Jack, Kathryn, and Karoline. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including Art for Art's Sake: A Call to Recover the Arts, and expositional commentaries on Exodus, Jeremiah, Luke, amd other books of the Bible. When he is not preaching or playing with his children, Dr. Ryken likes to play basketball and ponder the relationship between Christianity and American culture.

Hotel Information

The Hampton Inn & Suites
34935 IH-10 West
Boerne, Texas 78006
Tel: 830-816-8800, Fax: 830-816-8801
Rate: $94 a night
Distance: 0.63 miles from church

Fairfield Inn & Suites
6 Cascade Caverns Road
Boerne, Texas 78006
Tel: 830-368-4167, Fax: 830-368-4166
Rate: $119 a night
Distance: 2.9 miles from church

Both include free breakfast, internet, and parking. When requesting a room let them know you are with the Hill Country Bible Conference.

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