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Michael W. Kruse
Kansas City, MO
Blogger and writer, currently working on a book tentatively titled "The Great Divergence and Christian Mission."
Interests: history, digital photography, writing, technology, soccer, jesus, emerging culture, road trips, practical theology, economic issues, urban hiking, presbyterian pcusa, annoying presbyterians
Recent Activity
Real Clear Science - Newton Blog: Why Rich People Don't Care About You Examine the income ladder of the United States, and you'll soon stumble upon a surprising fact: Rich people donate a smaller portion of their income to charity... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
BBC: A Richer World... but for whom? We are getting richer. Not every human being on the planet and not every country. But the average person has an economic standard of living that's far better than it used to be.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
Economist: Inivisble Fuel THE CHEAPEST AND cleanest energy choice of all is not to waste it. Progress on this has been striking yet the potential is still vast. Improvements in energy efficiency since the 1970s in 11 IEA member countries... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Kruse Kronicle
Project Syndicate: What Good Are Economists? "... One reason may be the perception that many economists were smugly promoting the “efficient markets hypothesis” – a view that seemed to rule out a collapse in asset prices. Believing that markets always... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Arnold Kling recently posted Pete Boettke on Ideology and Economics. The economics in the article is interesting but I particularly liked this sentence: "Keep in mind, however, the Law of Asymmetric Insight: when two people disagree, each one tends to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Most people are exceptionally illiterate about the trajectory of demographic and economic changes in the world, believing the world is decaying. That leads many to disengage in hopelessness. In reality, globalization combined with investment in human capital and infrastructure has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
What does it mean to follow Christ in our era? That is the central question for Christians in any era but it is particularly challenging today. Some suggest that our postmodern and post-Christendom context is creating a level of disruption... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
The poorest regions of the world have been growing the fastest for at least twenty years. The Economist forecasts world GDP to be 2.9%, while Asia and Australasia (less Australia) is at 5.7%, and Sub-Saharan Africa is at 4.5%. These... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Kruse Kronicle
Faith and Leadership Blog: John McKnight: Low-income communities are not needy -- they have assets Most people and institutions that want to serve poor communities are focused on what the residents lack. “What are the needs?” is often the first... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Slate: The World is Not Falling Apart Never mind the headlines. We’ve never lived in such peaceful times. I've repeatedly revisited the theme in my blogging that the world is getting better in so many important ways. That is routinely... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
There is an old joke about a mealy-mouthed politician who says, “Some of my friends are for this measure. Some of friends are against it. As me for me, I stand with my friends.” I’ve always loved that joke, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
See this article for more detials: Back to the Future: Can Nuclear Energy Save the World? Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Stanford psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt recently recounted this conversation between her and her son: I’m on an airplane with my son. And he looks up and he sees a black man, and he says, “Hey, that guy looks like daddy.” And... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Wall Street Journal: Global Life Expectancy Increases by About Six Years Study in Lancet Says Rise Is Result of Dramatic Health-Care Advances ... The rise in global life expectancy is mainly the result of dramatic advances in health care. In... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
PBS News Hour has a piece Why employees earn more at big-box chains than mom-and-pop shops. Contrary to widespread belief, big-box stores and chains have increased wages in the retail sector as they have spread, according to “Do Large Modern... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
The rate of justifiable homicide by law enforcement is much higher in the United States than in other developed nations. The number of incidents has been increasing since 2000, even as the crime rate has dropped markedly. (See Justifiable Homicide... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Ivey Business Journal: Followership: The Other Side of Leadership "... Followership is a straightforward concept. It is the ability to take direction well, to get in line behind a program, to be part of a team and to deliver on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
World Watch: Chronic Hunger Falling, But One in Nine People Still Affected Although the proportion of people experiencing chronic hunger is decreasing globally, one in nine individuals still does not get enough to eat. The United Nations Food and Agriculture... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
It has been more than a week since a grand jury reported a decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. Know we have the no indictment decision by a grand jury in New York for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Perspectives: 5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Weeks Out of Church - Tom LeGrand Consider this official. I am issuing an apology to every member of every church that I have served over the last 20+ years. ... ... But... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Economist: Prudent but not puritan ... After using a lot of fancy statistical tools, they came up with some expected findings, and some rather unexpected ones. Households "with a strong commitment to faith"— demonstrated by higher spending on religious activities—are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
My Presbyterian friends have been abuzz this past week about a controversy involving staff from the 1001 New Worshiping Communities program under the Evangelism and Church Growth ministry area of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Staff mistakenly attempted to set up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
I love this short video! "In Scripture, when God’s people approach Him with their dreams and desires, He sometimes answers with an unexpected question: 'What do you have in your hands?'" Hope International Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
We live in an increasingly polarized society. How do we reverse this trend? My reflection on this topic keeps taking me back to the basic question raised in the sociology of knowledge: How do we know what we think we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
The Atlantic just ran an article called Have You Heard? Gossip Is Actually Good and Useful. The teaser was, "Talking behind other people's backs may not always be nice, but sometimes it can help promote cooperation and self-improvement." It is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle