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Church encourages wise use of technology

Technology is inescapable. It’s invading homes, offices, schools, churches and even relationships. And while it can be good, it’s a challenge to navigate it onto that path.

That’s where Digital Design comes in, said Rev. Sam McDonald of Faith Presbyterian Church in Brookhaven.

It can help parents, students, grandparents, teachers and government leaders better navigate “the good, the bad and the ugly of our digital lives,” he said.

A Digital Design seminar called “Parents, Kids and Technology: Navigating Our Digital Lives” will be presented Saturday in the church gym. It’s free and open to the public.

The seminar is 10 a.m. to noon at the church at 400 Magee Drive.

John Perritt, resource director for Reformed Youth Movement and a featured writer for the Gospel Coalition, will lead the seminar. He is married to Ashleigh Perritt, the daughter of Tom and Lynn DeHuff of Brookhaven. The Perritts live with their five children in Ridgeland.

He holds a doctoral degree from Southern Baptist Seminary in youth culture and has authored three books, “Your Days are Numbered: A Closer Look at How We Spend Our Time,” “What would Judas Do?” And “Time-Out: The Gift or God of Sports.”

McDonald said Perritt will address the younger generation’s over-dependence on technology through the use of cell phones, laptops, computers and video games.

“Technology is an absolute good but like anything else, it can kind of sweep us away,” McDonald said. “I think technology took off so quickly that we didn’t have time to really process the wisdom of it. It’s not that it’s bad in and of itself; it’s just that we were unable to determine its wide use.”

McDonald believes technology’s danger isn’t limited to the amount of time spent on various devices.

“There’s the danger that every child growing up today is going to be faced and confronted with pornography, will be faced and confronted with a whole lifestyle that was built around the self,” he said. “The irony of social media is that it connects us with a lot of people and completely disconnects us from those very people.”

Perritt’s message is aimed at adults.

“It will be a challenge to our naivety but it will also be encouraging because you’ll understand you’re not alone in your parenting technology,” he said.