Resource Roundup #49

Featured Resource: 
What Self-Awareness Really Is (and How to Cultivate It)

"Contrary to popular belief, studies have shown that people do not always learn from experience, that expertise does not help people root out false information, and that seeing ourselves as highly experienced can keep us from doing our homework, seeking disconfirming evidence, and questioning our assumptions. And just as experience can lead to a false sense of confidence about our performance, it can also make us overconfident about our level of self-knowledge."

Stephen Hawking is Dead.

"For fellow scientists and loved ones, it was Hawking's intuition and wicked sense of humour that marked him out as much as the fierce intellect that, coupled with his illness, came to symbolize the unbounded possibilities of the human mind." From The Guardian: Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76. Even if you didn't understand any of the science, you couldn't help but be inspired by Hawking's incredible mix of intelligence, fortitude, and determination. And the sense of humor was impressive as well, and maybe, as Hawking suggested, even necessary. "Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."

+ "Not since Albert Einstein has a scientist so captured the public imagination and endeared himself to tens of millions of people around the world." NYT: His Mind Roamed the Cosmos.


The Most Important Part of Your Sermon

“The entire sermon is important!” I know some of you had that instinctual reaction to the title of this article. I agree. The entire sermon is important. Each part is connected to the others and is a part of a greater whole. I am on board with you. But I want to argue that one part of the sermon is more important than the others.

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Why Retreat?

A body has limited resources, and what we do each day drains those resources; our physical energy drains, as does our psychological energy, our capacity for empathy, and even our capacity to make decisions. Jesus, incarnate and embodied, experienced these limits. Just as he needed food and oxygen and sleep, he needed solitude.

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Teenage depression and suicide are way up — and so is smartphone use

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.

In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless — classic symptoms of depression — surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more troubling, the number of 13-to-18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent.

Won Kwak on Effectively Leading Multi-Ethnic Congregations

Won Kwak is a 2nd generation church planter and pastor and also a 2nd generation Korean-American. He serves as the lead pastor of Maranatha Grace Fort Lee, a church planted in 2010 right outside NYC. He's married to Diane and is the father of five "Kwaklings": Madelyn Joy, Naomi Ruth, Bethany Hope, Owen Lucas, & Jordan Aeneas.