In 1978, author Richard Foster wrote: “In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in ‘muchness’ and ‘manyness’ he will rest satisfied.”
We’re not quite sure what Foster saw in the world around him back in the late 70s, but how much more has our North American culture – and college campuses – become defined by noise, hurry, crowds, and the pursuit of “muchness” and “manyness?”
Today’s student is living a life that is distracted by the chaos of campus and culture – a life where they often struggle to discern or experience the activity of God in their midst. It’s not that He’s absent, but more so that the volume, pace, and context of their life leaves little if any room to be able to experience the presence, purpose, and peaceful existence that we have available in Jesus Christ.
In his new book: Noise. Hurry. Crowds. On Creating Space for God Amidst the Chaos of Campus and Culture, Guy Chmieleski explores these major cultural distractions, introduces readers to specific spiritual disciplines that are positioned to counter these cultural distractions, and then provides some easy “steps in” to beginning to incorporate these formative practices into everyday life on campus.
Guy Chmieleski is the founder of FaithonCampus.com, University Minister at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., and author of the Seedbed books, Shaping Their Future, Campus Gods, and Noise. Hurry. Crowds. He earned his Master of Arts in Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University and his Doctorate of Ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. You can connect with Guy on his blog: FaithONCampus.com.