Featured Resource: Research: Learning a Little About Something Makes Us Overconfident
"Absolute beginners can be perfectly conscious and cautious about what they don’t know; the unconscious incompetence is instead something they grow into. A little experience replaces their caution with a false sense of competence." (This effect is especially pronounced with easily obtainable information.)
Our studies suggest that the work of a beginner might be doubly hard. Of course, the beginner must struggle to learn — but the beginner must also guard against an illusion they have learned too quickly. Perhaps Alexander Pope suggested the best remedy for this beginner’s bubble when he said that if a few shallow draughts of experience intoxicate the brain, the only cure was to continue drinking until we are sober again.)
Think about your church. What do you long to see for them? What do you regularly pray over them? If God were to answer your deepest prayers for your church, what would happen? What would change?
Listener questions are always fun to answer. Today we cover a wide-ranging group of topics and answer several pressing questions from listeners.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- Do I see all denominations dying? No. But we are seeing more struggling.
- When you study Scripture, it’s difficult to argue against a plurality of leadership.
- Good financial stewardship should be a requirement for church leadership.
- Co-vocational ministry is the future mainly because of its effectiveness.
Right now, more than half of the world’s population lives in a city. The United Nations predicts that in thirty years more than two thirds of the population will live in the city. This simple statistic about where people are headed should be a wake up call for the church!
Over the last several years, many pastors and churches have heeded the call to join in God’s work in cities by planting new churches and investing in urban ministries. Though global statistics are a great source of understanding and motivation, our truest conviction to invest in the urban centers of the world must not rest in statistics alone but in our vision from God.
Social media is terrible, and social media is amazing. It inundates us with panic-inducing news and rage-inducing hot takes; it also keeps us connected to our friends, professional circles, and news from around the world. But if you try to drink straight from the fire hose, you’re going to drown—or get your head blasted pretty hard. The key is figuring out what social media is good for—for you—and then getting other things that you need from somewhere else.
Americans have fallen back in love with debt.
Total household debt—a category that includes mortgages, student loans, and car loans along with credit card and other debt—dipped in the wake of the Great Recession, but it has since steadily rebounded in the years since. Overall, Americans’ debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by $280 billion, according to the New York Fed.
MONEY dug into data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances to examine just how much debt—and of what types—Americans were carrying at every age.