TheoTech Podcast

TheoTech Podcast

By Christopher Lim
Technology is constantly reshaping our lives, disrupting the status quo and creating new possibilities. Stay up to date, satisfy your curiosity, and live more intentionally through our mix of interviews with people integrating faith and tech, theological takes on the latest tech news, stories from the frontlines of industry, book summaries, and more. Join us as we apply the theology of technology to all of life and help each other demystify tech to use it for God’s purposes.
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Data in the Fight Against Human Trafficking
Melissa Birchfield is an undergraduate student who wanted to find the connection where her Computer Science major could drive real impact for the Kingdom of God. This desire led her to write the book Data for Dignity, which explores the ways non-profits are leveraging technology to combat human trafficking. Listen in as she shares eye-opening stories from the frontlines of the fight against human trafficking and how her faith informed her journey toward publishing this book. Also, hear about how she hopes to inspire the next generation to use their skills for a greater purpose. Thank you to our patrons for making this episode possible! Get the book, Data for Dignity (affiliate link) Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theotech Visit our site: https://theotech.org
28:08
February 12, 2020
Why theology of technology?
Kick off 2020 with Chris Lim and Natasha Lim as they get back to basics and discuss what theology of technology is, why it's important in the life of a believer, and examples of how it makes a difference. Hear the vision for the podcast this year and how you can be a part of shaping the conversation. If you're new the podcast or aren't sure what theology of technology really means, this is the episode for you. Thank you to our patrons for making this episode possible! Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theotech Visit our site: https://theotech.org
33:31
January 29, 2020
Social Media and Serving God
How is social media changing how we communicate, and how can it help shape our faith? Erin Dienst is the Global Social Media Community Manager at Cru. Her passion for digital communication inspired her to join others to use it for God’s work. Listen in as Erin and Chris discuss how various aspects of social media, from aesthetics, the originality of your posts, to the demographics of your online audience, contribute to how we portray ourselves and our faith online. Connect with Erin Dienst on Instagram @edienst
31:28
November 16, 2019
God’s Calling from Unemployment to Entrepreneurship
How are entrepreneurs pursuing faith making a difference? Phil Kono was jobless before starting his company, Maranatha Technologies. An impression to follow his faith and God’s direction in his job search led him to become an entrepreneur. In this new episode Chris and Phil discuss faith integration in entrepreneurship, and how tech is offering solutions to spread the gospel throughout the world. Phil shares his business ownership journey and how his faith helped him navigate challenges and risks associated with it. Connect with Phil Kono: philk@maranatec.com Link to things mentioned in this episode: Scatter by Andrew Scott (affiliate link) TheoTech Podcast Patreon
39:20
October 14, 2019
Polity & Tech: The Glue that Keeps Churches Connected
How does a presbytery connect local churches and why is it important? At 13 years old, Rev. Neema Cyrus Franklin was already serving as a ruling elder in her Presbyterian church. This opportunity led her to her current calling as the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of the Pacific. In this episode, Neema shares how her childhood experience equipped her to embrace diversity in the church. Listen in as Neema shares with Chris the challenges that a presbytery faces as they develop connectedness with congregations and clergy people while using technology platforms like spf.io. Connect with us: TheoTech Podcast Patreon Links to things mentioned in this episode: spf.io, an event translation and accessibility software.
27:40
September 25, 2019
Introversion, Fear, and Competition in an Extroverted World
Can an introvert be a public speaker? Referring to Susan Cain’s book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (affiliate link), Natasha and Chris (Theotech co-founders) discuss what introversion has looked like in their own personal experiences and its impact on dealing with fear and competition. Join them as they explore introversion and the theology of competition in today’s technology  infused world. Connect with us: TheoTech Podcast Patreon
39:58
August 19, 2019
A Second Reformation?
Technology has created the opportunity to communicate more broadly, while people are beginning to discover that vocation means serving God in all of life. Every person in every sphere of society can live out their calling from God. What would it look like around the world as people catch what it is to serve God in all areas of our lives? What would it mean for our churches to experience a Second Reformation? Read the talk manuscript: https://meritandgrace.com/a-second-reformation/ Tweet Chris: https://twitter.com/meritandgrace Learn about Kiros: www.kiros.org Support TheoTech’s work towards a Second Reformation: https://www.patreon.com/theotech Listen to the talk on YouTube and subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2txYFRFU9E
30:45
May 26, 2019
From picking coffee to picking minds: The Grace of Education
Kimani picked coffee beans for $2 a day since he was four. Most adults and children in his village lacked the funds necessary for secondary school. Thanks to the Hilde Back Education Fund, Kimani not only attended secondary school but was featured in an HBO documentary, A Small Act, which led a US Benefactor to sponsor his college education at Northwest University in Communications. Hear firsthand the challenges of living on $2 a day and how learning to trust God in all things from his mother profoundly shaped him. Listen in as Kimani shares his entrepreneurial dreams for Kenya by increasing technology access.
32:18
May 23, 2019
Bridging the Cultural Divide through Christ
How do we form healthy, Christ-centered communities with people from vastly different cultures? And how does the gospel bring us together when our languages and cultural norms tend to separate us? We discuss these questions and more in this episode with Todd Blackhurst, pastor of Taichung International Fellowship.
44:41
April 18, 2019
Don’t Code in Vain, Code for the Kingdom
Have you ever felt like your work was in vain? Or wondered how to grow in your faith and work? In this episode with Eric Gan, a software engineer at Microsoft, we discuss what it means to work for the kingdom of God, and the promise Christians can cling to in the bleakest times.
25:04
April 7, 2019
How the Gospel Unleashes Entrepreneurship
How does the gospel unleashes entrepreneurship? How is pursuing profit different than the love of money? How does cultural context affect economic policy? All these questions and more are discussed in this episode of the TheoTech Podcast.
39:44
March 26, 2019
The Biblical Basis for Diversity and Reconciliation
In this interview with Pastor Samuel Son we discuss the biblical basis for diversity and reconciliation. Touring through Acts, Galatians, Romans and Ephesians we discovered some often (intentionally?) overlooked, but powerful truths along the way.We also talk about the role technology plays in bridging the barriers of language and culture that have long divided the church. Listen in to hear the reason behind common barriers churches face when it comes to diversity and reconciliation as well as one simple phrase that opens doors for transformation.
40:27
March 14, 2019