Passion Talks

Al Erisman Saturday – What Does Mathematics Have to Do with Life?

Specialists need to know a lot about mathematics, but does this discipline have anything to do with daily life? Alfred North Whitehead once wrote, “but the ideas [about mathematics] are of highly special application, and rarely influence thought.” Though mathematics is generally taught as a precise, quantifiable tool, I believe Whitehead is wrong. In this […]

Ryan Gray – Love Who You Are and What You Have; and You will Change the World

Will you live up to your potential? Will you change the world today, tomorrow or the next day? I used to live as a stereotypical Christian male. Then something changed in my life. I felt unfulfilled, dissatisfied, under-utilized and under challenged. I blamed everyone and everything, until I realized that I had only myself to […]

Passion Talks 2016 – Mike Parkyn

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Delong Meng – Is any belief rational?

Belief in God is often seen as irrational because it requires a leap of faith. We ask a more basic question: is there any belief that is rational? We first document the evidence from psychology on confirmation bias, which shows that people actively look for information that justify their existing viewpoints and discard information that […]

James Kelly – How to Build a Faith and Technology Movement

“I don’t know my place in the church.” It was only two years ago I heard this sobering phrase over and over from some of the most brilliant tech wizards in the world. Since, I have been on a quest to solve this very problem. It took me into a brand new emerging world – […]

Ryan Gray – Love Who You Are and What You Have; and You will Change the World

Will you live up to your potential? Will you change the world today, tomorrow or the next day? I used to live as a stereotypical Christian male. Then something changed in my life. I felt unfulfilled, dissatisfied, under-utilized and under challenged. I blamed everyone and everything, until I realized that I had only myself to […]

Al Erisman Saturday – What Does Mathematics Have to Do with Life?

Specialists need to know a lot about mathematics, but does this discipline have anything to do with daily life? Alfred North Whitehead once wrote, “but the ideas [about mathematics] are of highly special application, and rarely influence thought.” Though mathematics is generally taught as a precise, quantifiable tool, I believe Whitehead is wrong. In this […]

Nancy Yuen – Googleyness, God and me: Authenticity @ Work

When I arrived at Google, I was intimidated in sharing my faith in an outward manner and feared Google’s motto of “bring your whole self to work.” The concept of understanding what it meant to be a “Googley” Googler was my pursuit for the 1st year and how it would support or conflict with my […]

Ryan Collins – Be-lov-ed: Representing the Love of Christ in the Tech Space

There is a strong curiosity for spirituality in Silicon Valley right now (see recent NY Times article, “Where Silicon Valley is Going to Get in Touch with its Soul”). And, I believe just as the Apostle Paul recognized the statue to the unknown god in Greece and spoke to the Areopagus–the epicenter of human intellect […]

Anna Stamborski – White ≠ Right:

The Problem With Marrying Your Culture and Theology and Steps to Broaden Your View on the Gospel and God The goal of this talk is two-fold. The first is to acknowledge the danger in masking a specific, culturally-biased theology as ‘mainstream’/’correct’ (i.e., euro-centric theology in America) and how a culturally-centric theology can stunt one’s relationship […]