The New Book, Virtual Reality Church, Is Ahead of the Curve.

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It’s Tuesday night and you just had an incredible worship experience.

From the moment you entered the worship space, you were personally greeted by everyone you met. The worship music was totally immersive, and you could sing loudly and passionately without fear of others hearing your “joyful noise.” You listened attentively as God’s Word was faithfully preached. In fact, the message moved you — so much so that when the pastor called people forward for baptisms as a response to the message, you found yourself walking towards the front. …


How Technology Is the World’s Fastest Growing Religion

In the world of technology, there is an idea called the singularity. It’s a future day when machines will empower humans to transcend our bodies and live eternally in the silicon and fiber of computers and the Internet. Man, living forever? That sounds familiar.

People have achieved some amazing things using technology. Every day it seems, I see a new story about some amazing feat technology has accomplished, whether it’s AI winning the world’s most complex game, or a new algorithm that can replicate human writing in an uncanny way. Even Microsoft recently patented a concept for turning people’s…


Faith in God and the Future of Humanity

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“All modern theories of life are to be understood against this backdrop of an ontology of death, from which each single life must coax or bully its lease, only to be swallowed up by it in the end.” –Hans Jonas

The COVID-19 pandemic serves for us as memento mori — a reminder that death is a part of our journey of life. We’re all vaguely aware of death at any given time, but according to existentialist philosophers like Søren Kierkegaard, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Martin Heidegger, that awareness of our inescapable death forces us to act in a truly authentic manner…


In Indonesia, Technology’s Reach Opens a Door for Christianity’s Unreached.

Runner Up in FaithTech Institute’s 2020 Writing Contest!

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Technology is a change maker. It “changes the way we think and carries with it worldview implications.”¹ The way we think influences our behaviors and actions. These include how we view and do evangelism.

Over the past decade, Indonesia has been experiencing rapid digitization and technological advancements, opening avenues for digital evangelism. Indonesia’s technological landscape is unique: “most Indonesians have skipped the digital evolution from personal computers to laptops and tablets, and gone straight to smartphones.” …


Could we live forever, only to lose our soul?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could live forever? Some of the brightest minds in the world are working on it. They call it “radical life extension,” and it involves everything from eating healthy and taking supplements to replacing a hip or a knee or a heart when it wears out.

And the success of doctors and researchers is astounding. In the past 150 years, life expectancies on every continent have doubled. What could happen in the next 150? Between nutrition, medicine, surgery, and technology, the possibilities seem limitless.

But there’s a profound question at the heart of radical…


Make Dating Apps Personal … Without Taking Them Personally. Here’s How.

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It was a Tuesday night and I had just responded to John’s comment on my profile. A business professional in his thirties, he was good looking and we had similar interests — he seemed like a pretty good match. The conversation wasn’t super exciting, but few initial text conversations on an app are. We were getting to know what each of us did for a living and seeing what we had in common, beyond what I knew from his profile. I needed to start heading to bed so I checked my phone and decided to think about how to respond…


Dating apps can be a love-hate relationship. Here’s how to tip that balance.

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Friends, let’s be honest. COVID has really thrown a wrench in our ‘mingling’ plans. I can count on one hand the number of people I have talked to in person in a week. I see the UPS delivery guy more than I see my friends, and unless I want to marry him, I need a better strategy.

If you’re like me and half of the population under 30, you’ve already tried online dating apps. And that was before the pandemic! Wherever you’re at, dating apps are here to stay. …


The Share Bibles App was built through prayer and global collaboration

When Rob Wiebe came face to face with a problem hindering his ministry, he felt challenged to take on a project that seemed impossible for him. He had a vision for a new technology, but he didn’t have any technical training. He was called to be a missionary, not a computer programmer! As he looked to God for direction, God led him to community in an unexpected way.

At the time, Rob was serving with YWAM in Thailand, going house to house handing out Bibles. Aiming to give a Bible to someone in every home in the country, the…


My Two Google Internships Showed Me that Doing Justice Isn’t Enough

2nd Place Winner of FaithTech Institute’s 2020 Writing Contest!

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The summer I was 20, barely halfway through college, I lived in New York City and interned at Google. Every weekday I would leave my Midtown apartment with a view of the Empire State Building and walk 18 blocks past homeless people in cardboard and blanket caricatures of shelter, get my free breakfast served by a contracted employee with darker skin than any of the other engineers in line with me, then scooter down the hallway to my office and spend the rest of the day making $30 an hour playing…


Living By the Spirit in the Age of Machine Learning

Winner of FaithTech Institute’s 2020 Writing Contest!

Visitors to Google Codelabs’ TensorFlow tutorial will encounter two diagrams contrasting traditional computer programming with Machine Learning (ML):

In traditional programming, rules are essentially hard coded “inputs” to systems that we will term “rule-following,” whereas in ML rules can be seen as products: rules are “made” in the sense of “manufactured.” The Machine Learning side of the diagram reminds me of the ’90s CCM song by Stephen Curtis Chapman (and my colleague James Elliot!), “Who Makes the Rules.” It includes these lines:

“I guess the one thing that’s been bothering me the most…

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