Wisdom and Technology Seminar


Seminar Speaker Line-up (November 2-3rd)

How does technology fit into our lives as Christ followers? In what ways can it bring us closer to God and into deeper community with others? And in what ways does it merit careful consideration and boundaried use? In our day to day lives, technology is all around us and so readily available; it is easy to engage it without much thought. We invite you to join us for an opportunity to pause and reflect on the intersection of faith and technology in your life with the helpful input of several leading thinkers in this field. We will explore these topics from a variety of perspectives over two days – Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3.

On Friday, November 2 from 7:00-9:00 pm, we will have a screening of the documentary Screenagers followed by a panel discussion and Q & A. All are welcome to attend the screening, whether you are a caretaker of teenagers or not! Middle and high school students are encouraged to attend as well!

Saturday morning, we will gather at Restoration from 8 am – 12 pm to listen to speaker and technology expert, John Dyer of Dallas Theological Seminary and then we will have an opportunity for participants to attend two breakout sessions on topics of their choosing. More information on John Dyer, the leaders of our breakout sessions, as well as the breakout session topics can be found on the registration form.

Please feel free to join for one, or both days! It’s sure to be a wonderful time to stop, reflect, and then re-engage in a more thoughtful and informed way!


John Dyer  (Main Speaker)

  • John Dyer is the Dean of Enrollment Services and Educational Technology and Adjunct Professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary. John has been a technology creator for more than 20 years, building tools used by Facebook, Google, Apple, Anheuser-Busch, the Department of Defense, and the Digital Bible Society. His open source code is now used on more than 30% of websites. He has written on technology and faith for a number of publications including Gizmodo, Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and in the book From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology. John and his wife, Amber, have two children, Benjamin and Rebecca.

Justin Whitmel Earley

  • Justin Whitmel Earley is the founder of The Common Rule and author of The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction. He will be sharing his wisdom surrounding the power of purposeful habits in helping us to stay engaged and present with those we love. He and his wife, Lauren, have three boys and live in Richmond, Virginia.


  • J.R. has spent the past twenty years working with Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in a variety of forms: the video game industry, transportation systems, academia, startups, and Silicon Valley industrial research labs.  He will be exploring how the human brain works and why we make the choices we do online. He will also offer some thoughts on how we can be better “Digital Citizens of Heaven.”

“Screenagers” Movie

  • “Screenagers” is an award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics.  The film offers solutions on how we can help our teenagers navigate the digital world.APEX will also be hosting a panel discussion with technology specialist and Dallas Theological Seminary professor John Dyer, immediately following the screening.

Click the link below to REGISTER.



New Season. New Curriculum. New Registration. New Teachers. Same God.

A post from our Children’s Ministry Director, Louise Brooks:

Yippee!  It’s time!  New pencils!  New markers!  New crayons!  New teachers!  Same merciful, gracious, compassionate God!

Children’s Ministry kicks off a new season on September 12 with joy and anticipation.  We are excited to have wonderful teachers who are committed to our vision of growing our children closer to God by building relationships and modeling what it is to be a follower of Jesus Christ.  Much of what our teachers do downstairs is get to know your kids.  Talk to them.  Pray for them.  Teach them.  Cheer for them.  Have fun with them.

Our babies and toddlers have begun their first Bible study.  It sounds silly, but it’s all about planting seeds.  Each week, those in the nursery gather together on a blanket to hear a Bible story and to pray.  It is amazing to watch.  The baby and toddler curriculum parallels that of the preschoolers.  And . . . this year, our preschoolers will continue with the Gospel Light preschool curriculum we used (and loved!) last year.  Our elementary students will tackle a new curriculum for us —  Children Desiring God.  K-2nd graders will study Jesus, What a Savior!  A study for children on redemption and our 3rd-5th graders will examine In the Beginning . . . Jesus.  A chronological study for children of redemptive history. This is a time where our elementary students will engage in more in-depth, hands-on Bible study.  It’s good stuff.

So, a new season also means new registration information, too.  Every child – nursery through elementary school – needs to register for this school year.  If your child is of nursery age (newborn to not yet 3), click here to register. If your child will be three by September 30, 2010, click here to register for preschool- and elementary-aged Sunday School .

We have the most fabulous team of new teachers for the year – Caitlin Staples, Patty Downie, Anne Galdo, Sophie Camp, Adam Lucas, Nadia Lucas, Brent Jones, Melody Jones, Laura Hassell, Rachel Hutchison, and middle-school helpers Graham Terry, Darcy Jones, and Abby Hassell.  Please pray for each of them by name as they prepare to commit their time and talent to growing our children.

Despite all the changes, we have the same God who is merciful, gracious, and compassionate.  His desire is for us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. . . . Love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Mark 12:30-31)  THAT is what we are teaching our children at Restoration.

Happy Mother’s Day

On Friday, my Mom cooked a GIANT pan of lasagna–  probably the biggest these eyes have ever seen.  My little sister had just had a baby and all of the family was coming into town for a visit.  My mom is a remarkable hostess. She has the gift of hospitality.  She will work all day to clean and cook and then cheerfully greet people at the door and facilitate conversation for the whole evening.  People love coming to my parent’s house.  She thinks about others and what they would enjoy.  She works hard to create space for them to be at ease.  She sincerely loves ‘including’–  in whatever she is doing.  I love that about my Mom.

Why are you thankful for your Mom, today?

the Dad I want to be…

A good friend of mine sent me this video.  I’ve probably watched it 30 times in the last day.  At first I just laughed and laughed.  Then I tried a few of the moves–  in the privacy of my office, then in front of Laurel, then Helen…

I’m not sure I have ‘moves’

But then I kept watching it for the sheer inspiration.  I want to be my kid’s biggest fan.  I want to champion what they do.  I want to selflessly, un-self-consciously, with abandon jump in their world from time to time and say, ‘i’m with you in this!’

As this Dad, ‘took on cheerleader’ to identify with his daughter, we have a heavenly Father who took on humanity and lived among us.  What a great image we get of how God in Jesus understands all of what it is like to be human.

King David the Dad

This weekend I will reflect on David’s performance as a father.  Generally it was pretty shabby.  It is uncomfortable to see so clearly the effects of our passivity, lack of discipline, and with-holding of grace.

The story of David and his kids– Amnon, Tamar, and Absalom– is told over the pages of 2 Samuel 13-20. Today’s sermon is homiletically unusual because it is given from King David’s perspective. You will hear a first person account of David’s reflections about the discharge of his parental duties. Parenting is a role that impacts and shapes us all– either as practitioner or as someone’s legacy. King David as dad is King David at his most earthy and vulnerable:

Eugene Peterson calls David’s treatment of Absalom, ‘the third monumental sin of David’s life, the most inexcusable, and the one for which he paid the most. The adultery with Bathsheeba was the affair of a passionate moment. The murder of Uriah was a royal reflex to avoid detection. But the rejection of Absalom was a steady, determined refusal to share with his son what God had so abundantly shared with him.’

Leap Over a Wall p. 197

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