Saturday, November 7, 2015


8:30 am Check-in

9:00-10:50 Plenary I (Technology and the Bible)

11:00-12:00 Breakout I (Tracks: Technology in the Family, Church, Work, and Culture)

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:20 Plenary II (Technology and Culture)

2:30-3:20 Breakout II (Tracks: Technology in the Family, Church, Work, and Culture)

3:45-4:45 Breakout III (Tracks: Technology in the Family, Church, Work, and Culture)

5:00-6:00 Plenary III (Technology and the Future)

Detailed Schedule


8:30 am        Check-in

9:00-10:50   Plenary I (Technology and the Bible) – Room A (Sanctuary)

John Dyer, “The Place of Technology in the Story of God”
John Dyer will work toward creating a theological framework for thinking about technology by walking us through the Biblical story using the overarching categories of creation, fall, and redemption. We will look at events where God employs human creativity and technology in his redemptive plans and the benefits and tradeoffs that occur as a result.

Kamesh Sankaran, “Creation: Tech and Exploration”

Bradley Howell, “The Fall: Tech and Youth Fragmentation”

Katie Nienow, “Redemption: Tech and Financial Restoration”
Juntos, a venture backed Silicon Valley start up partners with financial service providers in emerging markets to drive financial inclusion. Using human centered design, and high volume rapid product iterations, Juntos makes a customer engagement software that drives customer empowerment and usage of accounts.

11:00-12:00  Breakout I (Tracks: Technology in the Family, Church, Work, and Culture)

Breakout A – Room A (Sanctuary)

Jesse Rice, “The Church Of Facebook: Social Media And The Kingdom Of God”
Social media can be a confusing intersection of narcissism, shallow relationships, and ethical chaos. In other words, it’s the kind of space Jesus seemed to hang out most often. In this session, we’ll discuss how we can join his redemptive work in and through social media.

Mark Roberts, “Do We Have Too Much Privacy?”
Hacked photos showing up on the Internet! Government snooping on your cell phone! Facebook peeping into your personal life! Cookies tracking your every move online! These days, concerns about privacy pervade the conversation about digital technology. But could it be that we have too much privacy? How should we think about privacy as Christians?

Breakout B – Room B (Community Center)

Culture: Technology for the Common Good with Bill Brammer, Katie Nienow, Aaron Thomas, and Diane Hoeft. This session will explore three creative ways in which Christians are leveraging technology to fight for justice and contribute to the common good.

Aaron Thomas, “Mobile Technology and the Fight to End Human Trafficking”
Aaron is a 17 year mobile industry veteran with a growing concern for the horrific problem of human trafficking. He will share the journey God has taken him on to influence and inspire his industry leading company to take a stand and use it’s technology and service leadership as a driving force for good.

Diane Hoeft, “God is the Ultimate Coder”
We know that technology is a powerful tool, used both for destruction and redemption. How do we practically look at the issue of leveraging technology to address the issues facing our society? Diane will share how the Code for the Kingdom movement is approaching these questions and seeing a global rise of technologists take action in the complicated intersection of tech, culture, and faith.

Breakout C – Room C (S 140)

Brad Howell, “Going [digitally] Native: Analogue Parenting in a Digital World”
Screens have invaded our kitchens, cars, bedrooms and hands. And the problem is…they work! Screens relieve tantrums, are windows into funny moments and connect us with people we long to be with. This seminar discusses our love-hate relationship with tech and its current and potential role for children and families.

Breakout D – Room D (S 150)

Heidi Campbell, “What the Church Can Learn from Digital Religion and Networked Theology”
Together we will explore key traits of Digital Religion to unpack ways people practice religion online and how this reflects societal shifts in conceptions of religious practice. Considering trends–such as storied identity, network community & multi-site reality—and using the metaphor of the network as a discussion tool we discuss what theological frames digital culture promotes and ethical challenges a Networked Theology calls us to address.

12:00-1:30    Lunch – Upper Campus (Rooms 105/106)

1:30-2:20      Plenary II (Technology and Culture) – Room A (Sanctuary)

Jeff Wright, “Technology and Kingdom Transformation”
The Roman road, Gutenberg’s printing press, telegraph, telephone, radio, television, computers and the internet have facilitated the spread of the Gospel and the changing of the world. We explore Kingdom transformation through technology in the marketplace (business), the public square (race relations), and the heart (evangelism).

Chris Lim, “Ceaseless: How we can personally pray for everyone on earth and why we should”

Heidi Campbell, “iPhone How the iPhone Became Divine: Lessons from Spiritualizing Technology”
Over history technology has often been infused with spiritual significance and meaning. In 2007 the iPhone was described as “the Jesus phone” due to its’ prophesied revolutionary nature promising to change future of cell phones. The story behind the “Jesus phone” reveals how spiritual narratives inform much of digital culture and highlights popular, and sometimes problematic, assumptions about religion in American society.

2:30-3:20     Breakout II (Tracks: Technology in the Family, Church, Work, and Culture)

Breakout A – Room A (Sanctuary)

Brad Howell, “The Great [digital] Migration: being digitally native on the path to adulthood”
As adolescents adopt various tools of technology, an entire culture developed that seemed incredibly foreign to the adult ethos. This session explores key crevices in the adult-adolescent digital divide and provides a theologically reflective practice for our ministry, business and family communities as we come alongside youth moving into adulthood.

Breakout B – Room B (Community Center)

Al Erisman, “Technology and Christian Faith: Not Just for Techies”
It is easy to limit thinking about technology to technology builders and users. But technology reshapes institutions and societies as well, so everyone is impacted. As Christians, we must identify the challenges and opportunities for all people and begin to think together about how we address them.

Breakout C – Room C (S 140)

Matt Kaemingk, “Worship and Technology”
How do we thoughtfully make use of technology in our worship spaces? How is technology impacting our approach to prayer, to song, and to silence? This session will explore these questions and more.

Logos, “The Bible and Technology”
This session will explore how new technological tools are empowering our ability to read, interpret, and understand the complexity of the Bible.

Breakout D – Room D (S 150)

Kamesh Sankaran, “Rocket Science: It is Christian Discipleship”
Work is an important context to love God and love others. Thus, the frustrations and joys, and the internal and external rewards of our work in technology are to transform us into agents of God’s redemption of creation. Using work in the aerospace sector as the example, we will examine what it means to be called to God and called for God.

3:45-4:45       Breakout III (Tracks: Technology in the Family, Church, Work, and Culture)

Breakout A – Room A (Sanctuary)

Eric Straw “Tech in Real Life Panel”
You have gained new insights. Now join a discussion about applying those insights to your daily life. A panel of conference speakers will answer questions and engage with stories to put action to insight. The panel will include Diane Hoeft, John Dyer, Al Erisman, and Mark Roberts.

Breakout B – Room B (Community Center)

Patrick Schreiner “Hope/Patience in a Spotify Age”
The way we engage with technology grooms us for the way we engage with God. Technology trains us to expect immediate feedback and satisfaction, but God strengthens us through the virtues of hope and patience. God has built into the storyline of Scripture and of our lives the necessity of hope.

Dan Maycock, “The Digital Commission: The Internet As A Mission Field”

Breakout C – Room C (S 140)

Jeff Wright, “God, Globalism, and Hip Hop”
Revealing the development of a global youth culture driven by shared technology, global communications platforms, and digital co-creation. Media, music, and movements in social justice provide the model for a new technology-driven opportunity to preach “this Gospel of the Kingdom” to the whole world (Matthew 24:14).

Breakout D – Room D (S 150)

Melody Daly, “When Technology Is Not Enough: Reflections from the Gates Foundation”
Melody Daly, a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shares stories from her team’s evolution from technology developers to problem solvers, and what they learned by getting curious about the limits of technology in the process.

Glenn McCray, “Created in the image of God: What does it mean to be connected?”
Through his engagement with young people, Glenn has learned significant lessons on the impact of technology and the role it plays in our connection (or disconnection) to God, self, and others. In this session, through dialogical learning, we’ll share what impact technology plays in our relationships.

5:00-6:00       Plenary III (Technology and the Future) – Room A (Sanctuary)

Mark Roberts, “How God Uses Technology for His Purposes: A Surprising Example”
God isn’t just saving us for individual eternal life. He is also building a community of the faithful, a family of sisters and brothers in Christ, a temple that is being built by the Spirit. How might technology be part of God’s community-building purposes? Can we learn anything relevant to this issue from the way way the Apostle Paul formed the communities in his care?

Chris Lim, “Kingdom Foretastes: Using technology to proclaim the gospel like never before”

John Dyer, “The Future of Technology is Today”
The closing chapters of biblical story do not portray humanity going back to a technology-free garden, but forward to a Heavenly City full of things that humans have made. This final talk will consider how the eschatological vision of the Scriptures can encourage us in our creation and use of technology today.

Closing Reflections and Prayer