Tyler Helfers, CRC Campus Minister at Iowa State posted a link to Byron Borger’s annotated list of books he would recommend for Christian students heading off to university. You can find that list here.
There are others, of course, that could easily be added to the list. I'd add Al Wolters’ “Creation Regained”, “Faith & Wisdom in Science” by Tom McLeish, George Marsden’s “The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship”, and “The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness” by Opitz and Melleby, to name just a few. Oh, and don’t forget Jamie Smith’s recent “You Are What You Love”.
One thing that many of these books have in a common is the recognition that they are being read by students. The young adults who we are commending these books to are heading off to university to study and learn. Any campus ministry, whether campus or church-based, needs to take this fact seriously. Our mentoring and discipleship programs, and our opportunities for service and experiential (or missional) learning, should be based on this reality. Our ministries should not be structured as an antidote to what they are learning on campus, but as a means of engaging fully with these academic and vocational pursuits. Campus ministry is not about keeping young adults in our congregations, but about equipping and sending them fully into their academic pursuits.
So why not pick up a few of these books, give them to students you know, or even read them yourself and then get together and talk about them?
Have you read any of these books and if so, which might you recommend? Are there any that I missed?