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Loving God with All Your Mind

In his endorsement of John Piper’s book, Think, Dr. Al Mohler says, “An essential dimension of Christian discipleship is the life of the mind, and this may well be the most neglected Christian responsibility of our times.” Dr. Mohler is right and that means we have work to do. Classical Christian schools have a strong commitment to the minds of our students. We offer the depth and beauty of the Western Tradition. Yet, the classical curriculum is inherently challenging, misunderstood, and often intimidating. When intertwined with a strong commitment to pursue Christ as the basis and telos of our thinking, many schools struggle. They struggle with convincing parents that while their school is committed to developing minds, it is not at the expense of hearts. Schools struggle with providing a wise amount intellectual rigor and the temptations of pride and intellectual hubris.
Of course, our Lord calls us to love Him with all our hearts, all our souls, and all our minds. We cannot isolate or reduce the call to discipleship to a single dimension. Throughout the 2018 annual conference, we will consider what it means to love God with all our minds. We will also discuss how to teach our students to do the same. We will explore the cultural challenges, both inside and outside the church, that make this calling difficult, yet urgent.

Dates

June 28-30, 2018

Location

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Westminster School at Oak Mountain

5080 Cahaba Valley Trace
Birmingham, AL 35242

Lodging

Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park, 8 Perimeter Park South, Birmingham, AL 35243

Please contact Jessica Heath to make your hotel reservations at Jessica.heath2@hilton.com.

 

SpringHill Suites Birmingham Colonnade, 3950 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35243

Plenary Speakers

Albert Mohler

Albert Mohler is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an esteemed authority on contemporary issues and has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. In addition to his presidential duties, Dr. Mohler hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview; and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues.

Carolyn Weber

Carolyn Weber is an award-winning author and professor and holds her Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and her masters and doctorate degrees in Romantic literature from Oxford University, England. A Commonwealth Scholar, she was the first female dean of St. Peter’s College, Oxford University.

Carolyn has been an associate professor at the University of San Francisco, Seattle University, and Westmont College. She now teaches both at her alma mater the University of Western Ontario and at Heritage College and Seminary.

Carolyn speaks regularly on the intersections of faith, literature and culture at campuses, churches and organizations ranging from Billy Graham’s Cove to national and international academic and mainstream conferences. She has been a guest on numerous radio interviews, television shows, and podcasts, such as 100 Huntley St., Context with Lorna Dueck, Family Life, Focus on the Family, and Cardus. She teaches across a wide range of venues, from the classroom to retreats, workshops and invited lecture series. Her critically acclaimed memoirs Surprised by Oxford (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins) and Holy is the Day (InterVarsity Press) were both shortlisted for the Grace Irwin Prize, the largest award for Christian writing in Canada: Surprised by Oxford received this award in 2014.

A poet, essayist and featured contributor to such publications as Faith Today, Carolyn also delights in writing children’s literature and participating actively in children’s education. Carolyn lives in her hometown of London, Canada, with her husband and four spirited children.

Keith McCurdy
Keith McCurdy is President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc. and provides counseling and consulting services as well as a variety of seminars and workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, and maintaining healthy relationships. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian Classical school in Roanoke, VA. Keith is an avid outdoorsman and is actively involved with Boy Scouts of America and coaching high school basketball.  He and his wife Lynnie have been married for 21 years and enjoy raising their two teenagers.

Bob Benne
Robert Benne is Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion Emeritus and Research Associate in the Religion and Philosophy Department of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. He teaches Christian Ethics for the online Lutheran Institute for Theology. In 1982 he founded the Roanoke College Center for Religion and Society, which the College named in his honor in 2013. He was Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Roanoke College for 18 years. Before that he was Professor of Church and Society at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for 17 years. A native of Nebraska and a graduate of Midland University, his graduate degrees are from the University of Chicago. He has lectured and written widely on the relation of Christianity and culture. A recent book was entitled Good and Bad Ways to Think about Religion and Politics (Eerdmans, 2010). In 2017 Eerdmans published his account of Roanoke College’s relation to its Lutheran heritage in a book entitled: Keeping the Soul in Christian Higher Education—A History of Roanoke College. He has been married to Joanna Carson Benne for 58 years. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Schedule

Thursday, October 4

  • Coffee, Worship

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  • Coffee, Worship

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  • Welcome & Introductions - Eric Cook

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  • Creating a High Performing Team - Waldemar Kohl

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  • Lunch

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  • Creating a High Performing Team - Waldemar Kohl

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Friday, October 5

  • Coffee, Worship

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  • Coffee, Worship

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  • Workgroup, Session I

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  • Workgroup, Session II

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  • Workgroup, Session III

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  • Lunch

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  • Workgroup, Session IV

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  • Workgroup, Session V

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  • Facilitated Leadership Reflection - Peter Baur

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Saturday, October 6

  • Coffee, Worship

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  • Coffee, Worship

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  • Case Study - Jean Kim

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  • Facilitated Leadership Reflection - Peter Baur

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Cost

Early Bird Annual Conference until May 31 (Member): $400
Early Bird Annual Conference until May 31 (Non-Member): $450
Annual Conference (Member): $450
Annual Conference (Non-Member): $500

Note: There will be a $50 fee for cancellations and no refunds will be issued after June 25. 

Special Thanks to Our Augustine Level Sponsors