The following videos are from DIFW’s faith and technology forum on October 17, 2013 in Boulder, Colorado.
John Dyer gave the keynote address at the faith and technology forum in Boulder on October 17, 2013. In the presentation, John covers a philosophy of technology, how technology transforms culture, and how the biblical story sheds light on both our technology use and production. The video includes a PowerPoint presentation and brief audience interaction. Watching the whole video is well worth the effort – it not only has practical applications for those working in the tech sector, but he’s also able to find both “Apple” and smart “devices” in the Bible.
What if you knew with absolute certainty that twenty years from today every person in the world would be carrying or wearing 24/7 a smart device (phone, watch, glasses, etc.)? How would that influence your missional engagement strategy around your church, community and world? Eric Swanson, Leadership Community Director at Leadership Network, gave a brief presentation at the faith and technology forum on October 17, 2013 on the history of technology and its implications for evangelism and discipleship today.
From medical technology to mobile apps, technology can solve problems, connect people, and stimulate the economy. But technology can also distract, isolate, and have unintended negative consequences. At the faith and technology forum in Boulder on October 17, 2013, this panel discussed the role technology should (and shouldn’t) play in building healthy relationships and communities through our work.
Eric Swanson, Missional Specialist for Leadership Network; John Dyer Executive Director of Educational Technology at Dallas Theological Seminary and author of From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology; Will Forsythe (moderator), Lead Pastor of All Souls Church of Boulder; Dave Carlson, CEO of Shopventory; Patrick Riley, Executive Director of the Global Accelerator Network.
- From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology, by John Dyer. John Dyer is unique. As both a web developer and a theologian, he speaks to both coders and pastors, tech junkies and tech layman. The book is accessible, wise (he’s done his homework), and brings a much-needed gospel framework to conversations of media ecology. A great, Christian introduction to technology. Highly recommended.
- Responsible Technology: A Christian Perspective, by Stephen Monsma (ed). This is probably the most important Christian book on technology. Though more academic than, for example, Dyer’s treatment, this collection is comprehensive. Chapter titles include: Technology and the State, Technology and Economics, The Cultural Mandate and Modern Technology. Leaders in technology need to read this book.
- Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life, by Albert Borgmann. A deeply insightful book written by one of the world’s best philosophers of technology.
- Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith, by Shane Hipps. A great, lay-level introduction to technology for both pastors and parishioners.
- Technolopy: The Surrender of Culture to Technology, by Neil Postman. A classic critique of a technological society.