Speaking

If your group needs to become intentional with the screens in their lives, then Doug’s message is what you’re looking for. He winsomely shares his years of research and practical experience at conferences, church meetings, and community events.

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Biographical Sketch

Doug offers an insider’s perspective on the power of technology, informed by over two decades of web programming experience and a lifetime of Bible study. He also brings the practical experience of a homeschooling dad of four daughters and a man who has struggled, fallen, fought, and by the grace of God, overcome many things.

As a software developer, Doug has served clients as diverse as Proctor and Gamble, Hewlett-Packard, Mercedes-Benz, and American Signature Furniture, plus many smaller companies and several government agencies. From 2008-2016, Smith served as a senior developer on Dave Ramsey’s digital development team, where he helped Dave’s team build his technology infrastructure to serve tens of millions of people each year.

Over his career, Doug has developed many training courses for diverse corporate audiences. A Dale Carnegie trained speaker, he has prepared and shared popular talks at several technology conferences and local user groups. He has written many technical articles and blogs on the craft of software development.

Since 2011, Doug has been blogging about our relationship with screens, apologetics, and theology at http://thatdougsmith.com.

Throughout his life, Doug has been helping others through teaching, mentoring, and writing. Whether in small groups or one-on-one, Doug is a trusted friend and mentor. He has successfully led men to overcome pornography and other addictions, improve their relationships, and experience freedom in Christ.

Doug and his wife, Lyneta, are empty nesters, and share four grown daughters. They were homeschoolers for many years. The Smiths currently live near Nashville, Tennessee after living most of their lives around the Pacific Northwest.

Doug is also a life-long contemporary/classical pianist, a former assistant worship leader, and a (currently limping) 5k runner.

Example Topics

Living An Intentional Life In A Screen-Saturated World

A three-part series to help you live a life of God-empowered freedom.

Session 1 of 3: Look Out! Screens Are Intentionally Shaping Your Desires

Most people are unaware of the full impact of screens on their lives. They feel like their lives aren’t where they hoped they would be, and suspect screens are taking more time than they should. What they don’t realize is that content creators and device makers use very specific, effective, and powerful strategies to manipulate their desires. In this first session, you’ll learn their methods, and meet the people and companies who are intentionally leveraging technology to their huge profit, but at your expense. Awakening to the strategies and motives of those who are behind addictive technology is your first step to finding the life you’re longing to live.

Session 2 of 3: Look In! How You Are Affected By Screens

Now that you see how screens are intentionally designed and used to shape your desires, you’re ready for some self-evaluation. This session starts by laying a Scriptural foundation, and reveals the unseen spiritual realm that seeks, as always, to tempt, deceive, and destroy. Next, you’ll be led through a process of evaluation to see how you and your family are personally influenced by technology. Finally, you’ll be inspired to cast a vision for the life you could live if you were to overcome the negative influence of screens.

Session 3 of 3: Look Up! Biblical Practices For Living In A Screen-Saturated World

After the last two sessions, you’re ready to learn five Biblical practices that can set you free from the harmful influence of screens so you can follow God’s amazing purposes for your life. Doug will share the Scriptural teachings and practical steps that have helped him overcome addictions and become free to follow God’s leading. You’ll leave inspired, empowered, and prepared to start living in the freedom you need to fulfill your God-given purpose.

Overcoming Screen Addiction

Media leaders and content creators are using intentionally addictive strategies on every screen to keep us watching and wanting more. And that’s just the respectable apps, shows, and video games. When you add pornography, gambling, or compulsive shopping to the mix, enabled by the super computer in every pocket, we can see why more people are being enslaved by screens. Doug responds with hope and practical wisdom after finding freedom from pornography and other screen addictions through the power of God and the application of Biblical practices.

Screens & Kids: A Counter-Cultural Path

All of their friends have a smartphone, so your child needs one too, right? Our culture has brainwashed us with this message, and the results are fairly devastating. Fortunately, we still have access to the “ancient paths, where the good way is” (Jeremiah 6:16). In this session, you’ll learn how to form an entirely different culture in your home, one that leads to healthy relationships, freedom from addictions, and inspires your kids to find and fulfill their God-given purpose.