Stephen Kellough, Walking With Jesus on Campus (Chicago: Moody Press, 2019), 183 pp.
One of the most invigorating seasons of life is during college. New friends, new terrain, and educational opportunities provide are the new proving grounds. But college life is also a training ground. The rigors and pressure of academics, athletics, and complex relationship pose new challenges that tend to be intimidating. Time away from open present new temptations and an array of choices that were previously unmet during high school days.
Stephen Kellough addresses these challenges in his book, Walking With Jesus on Campus. He aim is to help Christian students rearrange their spiritual priorities in order to thrive during their college days. Simply put, he sets out to help students care for their souls during college.
The foundation is securely set in Galatians 5:16 that admonishes followers of Christ to walk according to the Spirit. Such a walk is an indication that we are “making progress in the Christian life,” according to the author.
Kellough presents several challenges that students face in college that pertain to temptation, workaholism, perfectionism, and purity.
One area that is stressed is the need for a safe and godly community. “Believers,” writes Kellough, “have a common need for each other and a distinctive purpose together for the advance of Christ’s kingdom.” Authentic community, then, involves friendship, a Godward gaze, and biblical accountability. The author continues, “Our God has not created his people to function as lone rangers but are designed as relational beings. Within the body of Christ, God intends for us to live in community – depending upon each other and depending upon our Lord.”
Ultimately, students are encouraged to walk on wise steps, to walk on the path that is blazed by our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Such a path is one of obedience, discipleship, devotion, service, and worship.
Walking Jesus on Campus: How to Care for Your Soul During College is a basic book that accomplishes its aim. College students are encouraged to study these pages and benefit from the pastoral wisdom of Stephen Kellough. Their souls will be encouraged and they will be prepared to flourish during an important season of life.
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