ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith sat down with Josh Harper and Lowell Bliss at Urbana for a thoughtful and impassioned conversation about Christianity and creation care, as well as their work, and what they’re reading.
Josh Harper lives with his wife and two daughters on the unceded land of the Ohlone people, in Oakland, Ca. He oversees Ecological Discipleship and Via Divina for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Josh is the proud caretaker of several thousand “pet” worms that eat his garbage. He is an avid cyclist and when faced with the choice will always choose to ride the hills. Lowell Bliss is the director of Eden Vigil, an environmental missions organization launched by Christar in 2009. Lowell led the writing team for the Lausanne Global Consultation on Creation Care and the Gospel “Call to Action” and is one of the few evangelical Climate Leaders with the Climate Reality Project. He and his wife, Robynn, were church planting missionaries for fourteen years in India and Pakistan. They now reside with their three children in the tallgrass prairie ecosystem of Kansas.
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)
- Environmental Missions: Planting Churches and Trees — Lowell Bliss
- People, Trees, and Poverty: A Snapshot of Environmental Missions — Lowell Bliss
- The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living — Hillary McBride
- Becoming Rooted: One Hundred Days of Reconnecting with Sacred Earth — Randy Woodley
- In Deep Waters: Spiritual Care for Young People in a Climate Crisis — Talitha Amadea Aho
- The Ministry for the Future — Kim Stanley Robinson
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)
Reading for the Common Good
From ERB Editor Christopher Smith
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