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Stewards of Technology Stewards of Technology Presentation Transcript

  • How do I exercise my stewardship of technology in a worshiping community?
  • As a steward of technology . . .
  • Think! • attentively • prayerfully • corporately • biblically • critically • spiritually • consistently • broadly • Christianly
  • As a steward of technology . . . .
  • Ask Questions
  • Theological Questions • What does it mean to be human? Genesis 1:26-28 • What is the purpose of Christian community Ephesians 1:12; 3:10 • What are signs of a healthy Christian community? John 17:11; 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11, 26; Ephesians 4:1-3, 11-16; Philippians 2:1-11; Colossians 3:12-17 • What is the nature and purpose of worship? Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 1:12 • Could the Holy Spirit use technology to build up the body of Christ? 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
  • Psychological Questions An experiment . . .
  • Laity Lodge: Where It Happens!
  • Laity Lodge: Where It Happens!
  • The Atlantic, July/Aug 2008
  • Nicholas Carr The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
  • “Technology and the Challenge of Self- Discipline” by Laurence Thomas “In human history, there has been no greater challenge to self-discipline on the part of human beings than the extraordinary technology to which human beings have accessed. . . . The explanation . . . is that technology permits of considerable anonymity; the other is that technology is considerably portable.”
  • Technology and Brain Development • Seventeen windows and the unfocused (unfocusable?) high school brain. • Six-year-old girls at a slumber party.
  • Relational Questions How does technology impact our relationships . . . really?
  • Recent Articles
  • Recent Articles “‘Technology overload’ can ruin relationships: expert” (Reuters, 1/23/2008)
  • Recent Articles “‘Technology overload’ can ruin relationships: expert” (Reuters, 1/23/2008) “Technology Forges Relationships for Life” (CBS News, 10/23/2008)
  • Recent Articles “‘Technology overload’ can ruin relationships: expert” (Reuters, 1/23/2008) “Technology Forges Relationships for Life” (CBS News, 10/23/2008) “Is Technology Taking Its Toll on Our Relationships?” (ABC News, 3/2010)
  • Recent Articles “‘Technology overload’ can ruin relationships: expert” (Reuters, 1/23/2008) “Technology Forges Relationships for Life” (CBS News, 10/23/2008) “Is Technology Taking Its Toll on Our Relationships?” (ABC News, 3/2010) “The Effect of Technology on Relationships: The Risk of Internet Addiction” (Psychology Today, 6/8/2010)
  • Recent Articles “‘Technology overload’ can ruin relationships: expert” (Reuters, 1/23/2008) “Technology Forges Relationships for Life” (CBS News, 10/23/2008) “Is Technology Taking Its Toll on Our Relationships?” (ABC News, 3/2010) “The Effect of Technology on Relationships: The Risk of Internet Addiction” (Psychology Today, 6/8/2010) “Friends, Friendship, and Technology: An Ominous Sign” (Laurence Thomas, 8/18/2009)
  • Recent Articles “‘Technology overload’ can ruin relationships: expert” (Reuters, 1/23/2008) “Technology Forges Relationships for Life” (CBS News, 10/23/2008) “Is Technology Taking Its Toll on Our Relationships?” (ABC News, 3/2010) “The Effect of Technology on Relationships: The Risk of Internet Addiction” (Psychology Today, 6/8/2010) “Friends, Friendship, and Technology: An Ominous Sign” (Laurence Thomas, 8/18/2009) “Does iPad Have the Magic to Bring People Together?” (USA Today, 6/7/2010)
  • Cell Phones and Relationships Do they help? Do they hurt? Or both?
  • Telephone Interruptus: A Plea for a Busy Signal
  • What might be the impact of texting, tweeting, surfing in worship services?
  • Unintended Consequences
  • Possibilities • Worship response • Sharing life • Intercessory prayer • Teaching • Spiritual gifts • Connection over distance • Sharing creative expressions • Shared learning/teaching • Mission involvement • Devotions
  • TheHighCalling.org
  • As a steward of technology . . .
  • Pray!
  • Closing Thoughts Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 1Th. 5:19 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; 20 do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21 Test everything. Hold on to the good. 22 Avoid every kind of evil.
  • As a steward of technology . . .