Podcast host Jen Pollock Michel sat down with two first-time podcast guests, Greg Coles and Sam D. Kim, at Urbana to discuss their recent work and the topics of belonging and loneliness.
Gregory Coles is a tangle of identities: born in upstate New York, raised on the Indonesian island of Java, and now working as a freelance author and scholar in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. He holds a PhD in English from Penn State and has been in love with language since age 8, when he started learning his older brother’s SAT vocabulary words and reading Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Sam D. Kim is a Harvard-Trained Ethicist and the Co-founder of 180 Church, near Union Square in downtown Manhattan. He lives in New York City with his wife Lydia and his two sons, Nathan and Josh. His first book, A Holy Haunting is available now.
The psalmist writes in Psalm 42:7 that “deep calls unto deep.” Sam D. Kim in A Holy Hauting suggests that many confuse this deep longing with a form of chronic anxiety, or something that has gone wrong, when it is in fact a holy haunting of the presence of God. Deep calling unto deep is nothing other than the voice of God echoing from eternity. Perhaps our culture’s current crushing opioid crisis, mental health epidemic, and the rise of Tinder are all manifestations of this holy haunting gone horribly wrong—clear residual evidence of not only the existence, but its prevalence in human experience. For more visit aholyhauntingbook.com
Books Mentioned in this Episode:
If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger)
- A Holy Haunting: Why Faith Isn’t a Leap but a Series of Staggers from One Safe Place to Another — Sam Kim
- No Longer Strangers: Finding Belonging in a World of Alienation — Greg Coles
- Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another — Rowan Williams
- Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- “The Body” — Stephen King
- Castaways of the Flying Dutchman — Brian Jacques
If you’d like to order any of the above books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books
(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger)
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