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.



Beyond Glitter and Gluesticks

Beyond Glitter and Glue Sticks: Creating a Family Art Culture

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On Saturday, May 14, I’ll be holding a RestoArts workshop on “Creating a Family Art Culture,” and I’d love you to be there. Why? Because I believe we all need art in our lives to enrich our understanding of ourselves, the world, and God. This is as true of children as it is of adults, and in fact, we adults can often learn from children in this area. My workshop will be a time to explore why and how that is – through group discussion and hands-on exploration of various media.

That all sounds great, right? But what if…

“…I’m not crafty?”

Great! Neither am I. I don’t enjoy gluing cotton balls to paper plates or tracing my hands into turkey shapes. I don’t enjoy working with kids’ craft supplies that prevent mess and danger: dull scissors and unsticky glue sticks. These kinds of crafts definitely have their place, but it is not in my workshop. We will talk about making art that is authentic from start to finish – real materials, real processes, and meaningful end products. And we will talk about enjoying art that is real – tasting and seeing the best this world has to offer in visual art, writing, music, architecture, food, and more. Authentic, rich, real art in the real world in the context of real relationships.

“…I’m not creative?”

I’m sorry, but you’re wrong. You are made in the image of a creative God, and thus you are creative. Incredibly creative. You may not enjoy going to the National Gallery. You may loathe writing. You may have limited musical tastes. You may struggle to dress yourself in the morning or arrange throw pillows or read poetry or a million other small acts of creative expression. But you are creative. If you would like to explore this idea with God, using your head and your hands in a relaxed environment, I highly encourage you to come.

“…I don’t have kids?”

If you attend Restoration regularly, you have kids. Hundreds of them. Every time a child has been baptized, you have promised to do all in your power to support them in their life in Christ. Simply by showing up to church each week, you are a visual representation to Resto kids of their loving church family. You surround them with a broad network of support, protection, encouragement, service, and blessing. This workshop is for any adult in our church family, whether or not children live in your home.

“…I want a break from kids?”

This workshop is just for adults. We will speak frankly and deeply about the challenges that arise in exploring art with children, without worrying about little listening ears. And we will engage in art and discussion in ways that are designed to refresh and nourish us, something most caregivers desperately need. But if there is sufficient interest, I hope to continue the conversation in a future workshop that includes children as well.

If this sounds appealing to you, then please join us on May 14! Sign up here.

– Amy Rowe

Next RestoArts Workshop: Mixed Media Prayer Journaling

I like Restoration because of RestoArts. Am I allowed to say that?

Of course, I love this church for many reasons, especially the strong community feel, but what originally attracted me was RestoArts. In fact, my artwork became part of Restoration before me. For example, my painting Be Still was featured on the blog Christmas Day alongside music and a poem in 2013. I also participated in the 2014 Lenten RestoArts Instagram challengewhich provided an incredible way for me (as @indigo24to explore the themes of Lent through photography.

Months later… I finally followed my art and found my church home.  I love how Restoration uses the arts as part of worship and has a group committed to this purpose.  It’s been a year now and I’m so thankful that I can truly use my gifts in a church setting.

I’m excited to be teaching the next RestoArts workshop: Mixed Media Prayer Journaling.

Date: Saturday, October 24th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Age: High School and Up

Supply cost: $20

Spots are filling up quickly – click here to sign up. Invite a friend and and I look forward to seeing you there!

– Emily Wade

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RestoArts Workshops: Storytelling Through Video

RestoArts: Awaking creativity for the glory of God, the growth of the church, and the good of the person/artist.

RestoArts is running a series of workshops through the fall that at core, we believe, will help you to become a better disciple of Jesus.  Gifted artists and leaders from Restoration will be leading workshops on video interviews, drums, watercolor/mixed media, storytelling, song writing, and photography on various Saturdays through the fall.  These are open to people who are curious about the topic and desiring to grow more holistically in their relationship with God.  We hope you can come to our first workshop on September 19th.

Storytelling Through Video

Learn the basics of crafting a video by working with camera equipment, executing interviews that honor your subjects, and developing their stories beautifully and clearly.

Presenter: Taylor Schuelke – National Geographic Associate Producer
Date: Saturday, September 19th, 1:00pm
Age: High School and Up
Fee: Maximum $20 for supplies – cash or checks made out to Restoration the day of the workshop
Supplies Required: Anything from a smart phone to a high end camera with full gear.
Cap: 9 people (possibly adding another class of 9 if there is interest)

Taylor Schuelke has been working in video for about 4 years and is currently wrapping up three full-length documentaries with National Geographic. She studied studio art in college, which qualifies her knack for frame composition and utilization of varying types of creative mediums. In her free time, she enjoys photographing, hiking, singing, and coffee. In the crazy world of video, audio, graphic design, and CGI, Taylor finds it important to bring the glow of God into every project she’s given in order to best serve Him through her vocation.

Looking forward to having you! Click here to register.  Either Taylor Schuelke or Matthew Hoppe will be in contact with you within 24 hours of sign-up.

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