ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith sat down with Andy Crouch and Wendy Quay at Urbana for a conversation about vocation, calling, purpose, and how these topics intersect with their work and writing.
Andy Crouch is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, a venture-building ecosystem advancing redemptive entrepreneurship. His writing explores faith, culture, and the image of God in the domains of technology, power, leadership, and the arts. He is the author of five books (plus another with his daughter, Amy Crouch), the most recent of which is The Life We’re Looking For: Reclaiming Relationship in a Technological World. Wendy Quay serves as Vocational Discipleship Specialist with InterVarsity’s Pacific Region. She was born in Malaysia and grew up in Australia. After practicing law in Melbourne for several years, she moved to the UK where she studied theology at Oxford University, and then at the University of Aberdeen. She has always been interested in helping students and faculty articulate the connections between our Christian faith and all of life, and she loves coming alongside students to explore their questions about God.
The psalmist writes in Psalm 42:7 that “deep calls unto deep.” Sam D. Kim in A Holy Haunting 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)
- The Life We’re Looking For: Reclaiming Relationship in a Technological World — Andy Crouch
- Sacred Pace: Four Steps to Hearing God and Aligning Yourself With His Will — Terry Looper
- Three Mile an Hour God — Koyama Kosuke
- Work in the Spirit: Toward a Theology of Work — Miroslav Volf
- Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible’s Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture — Christopher Watkin
- Where the Crawdads Sing — Delia Owens
- The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire — Alan Kreider
- Piranesi — Susanna Clarke
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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