I first came across Simon Carey Holt through his association with Robert Banks (Redeeming the Routines) prior to the 1997 publication of IVP’s The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity: An A-Z of following Christ in Every Aspect of Life. Simon contributed some thoughts on Eating and Home.
Then it was The Bible and the Business of Life: Essays in Honour of Robert J. Banks' which Simon co-edited (with Gordon Preece), and to which he contributed a co-written (with his wife) essay, Verandas and God: A Personal Reflection on Spirituality and the Built Environment. The book was published in 2004.
Next came his 2009 Tinsley Annual Lecture, A Mortgage, A Motor-Mower and a Mission: Following Jesus into Suburbia, plus a series of really helpful reflections, which you’ll now find on his Eating Heaven blog: (revised) Eating, Family and Faith (2001 & 2010); The Hospitality of God and the Hospitality Industry (2002); and Eating as a Spiritual Act (2011).
Then came his award-winning God Next-Door: Spirituality and Mission in the Neighborhood (pub. 2007 / Victoria: Acorn Press Ltd), which is an absolute gem. It gets at what makes Simon such a useful conversation partner – he’s what we might call a “practical theologian”; a theologian grounded in the ordinary and the everyday.
Simon is now the Senior Minister of Collins Street Baptist in Melbourne (after having (most recently) served as Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology & Associate Dean: Research, Whitley College, Melbourne, Australia - January 2001 – December 2009; Director of Academic Development & Lecturer in Practical Theology, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute, Macquarie University, Sydney - January 1999 – December 2000.
Finally, most recently, there’s his book Eating Heaven: Spirituality at the Table (pub. ). A friend justbrought me back a copy from Melbourne, now it’s sitting beside me, and I’m very much looking forward to reading it.
Simon’s body of work is well worth engaging with. I’d suggest reading it in conjunction with Robert Banks’ Redeeming the Routines: Bringing Theology to Life.
If you want to an aural introduction to Simon, here are six short, thought-provoking, conversations in which he explores an ethical life (scroll down via the link) – the practicalities of ethical practice. They were broadcast in 2011. He discusses: lifestyle ethics, those vital values that determine our small, everyday decisions; the ethics of suburbia and the car; the impacts of our mobile society. What are the pros and cons of moving around, versus staying put?; ethics in a consumerist society; the ethical maze of "Spirituality for Sale"; and ethics in our frantic-paced lifestyle.