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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
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
Economist: Religion in China: Cracks in the atheist edifice The rapid spread of Christianity is forcing an official rethink on religion. ... ... In April one of Wenzhou’s largest churches was completely demolished. Officials are untroubled by the clash between... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Pew Research: People in Emerging Markets Catch Up to Advanced Economies in Life Satisfaction People in emerging economies are considerably more satisfied with their lives today than they were in 2007. A Pew Research Center survey finds that publics in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: OK, Haters, It's Time To Admit It: The World Is Becoming A Better Place The article includes this graph: Then this one about poverty: There are many other graphs that could be shown about a host of important... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Atlantic: The Illusion of 'Natural' ... The definition of toxin can be somewhat surprising if you have grown accustomed to hearing the word in the context of flame retardants and parabens. Though toxin is now often used to refer to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
FCS Ministries Blog: Relationships That Make a Difference Relationships. Two teenagers tossing a football. A couple falling in love, getting married, having kids. Business partners launching a new venture. Church friends sharing a meal. Relationships all. Why do we have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Crux Now: Subsidiarity: Turning solidarity into social justice ... Yet despite these unfortunate attempts at redefinition, progressive Catholics who value Catholic social teaching should reexamine subsidiarity, as it is a principle that they can and should embrace. Subsidiarity is an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Why aren't you signed up for SAT Talks? How do we achieve sustainable community and economic development? With a little study, it is easy to appreciate the need for sustainable community and economic development. It is also easy to identify... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: 23 Charts That Show Why This Is The Best Moment In History To Be Born Here are a few of my favorites. Click through to see the rest. The big question is not how to halt the world... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Washington Post: The U.S. imprisonment rate has fallen for the fifth straight year. Here’s why. The U.S. imprisonment rate has fallen for a fifth straight year, a run not seen since Richard Nixon was in The White House. According to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Hans Rosling, and his son Ola, nail it again. Excllent video. I have more to say about this in a coming post. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
CityLab: Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking' ... Traditionally, people get around their houses, neighborhoods and cities with the help of an internal "cognitive map." But that system isn't much of a map at all. It's more like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: Dying Young Is Quickly Becoming A Thing Of The Past It shows the risk of dying at any given age, with the lighter-colored line representing the risk in 1970 and the darker line representing the risk in 2010.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Business Insider: Here's What The Global Economy Looked Like In Year 1 Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Order at Amazon: Nothing is Free: The Price Only Business can Pay to Protect Free Markets. What is the purpose of business, particularly as it relates to the welfare of employees? Economists, business leaders, and theologians engage in endless debate... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Critics of economics, particularly in the world of religion, frequently charge that the discipline is grounded in a mindset of scarcity and competition versus what they champion: abundance and cooperation. The critique is considerably overblown. First, economists recognize the world... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Christian Science Monitor: Since 1990, billions more have access to clean water Over the past couple of decades, easier access to clean water has become a reality for a huge portion of the world’s population. According to a publication released... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Christian Science Monitor: Deforestation: Brazil is a success story for conservation "In the 1990s, tropical deforestation claimed 40 million acres each year, according to a report released in June by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Today, about 32 million... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Matt Ridley: Reasons to Be Cheerful We a prone to fixate on problems and threats. The news concentrates on Ebola, violence in the Middle East and Ukraine, and the discord in Ferguson, Missouri. But it is important to keep present... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
The Atlantic: How to Talk About Climate Change So People Will Listen Environmentalists warn us that apocalypse awaits. Economists tell us that minimal fixes will get us through. Here's how we can move beyond the impasse. This is an exceptionally... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Learning to Fail Fast "... Petrie advocates what he calls “vertical development” or the advancement in a person’s capacity to think in “more complex, systemic, strategic, and interdependent ways (in contrast to horizontal development that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle
Pacific Standard: Why Are So Many Low-Income People So Overweight? ... More recently, in Slate, Heather Tirado Gilligan cites peer-reviewed research to conclude: “[M]ore fresh food closer to home likely does nothing for folks at the bottom of the socioeconomic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Kruse Kronicle