IVCF/Groshes: Investing in Culture Makers

Posted by tom | May 29, 2013

Note: Click here for a PDF of the full year end mailing.

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

We rejoice in your continuing partnership over the past year as Tom took on increasing responsibility with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) by becoming the Associate Director while continuing to invest in the growing Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA. As we close the fiscal year (June 30), we ask for your prayerful consideration of assisting us in finishing well. At the writing of this letter, we have nearly $89,000 of our $100,000 ministry budget received/committed. Thank-you! Praise God!

What are we inviting you to invest in?

"In order to fully realize the potential of a ministry like the Emerging Scholars Network, we have needed someone in the Associate Director role with strong networking skills, strong integration engagement along all disciplines, editorial and writer recruitment savvy, as well as a pastoral heart and missional commitment. Tom Grosh is just such a person. I am deeply grateful for the growth this ministry has already experienced under Tom's leadership and guidance, and know that there is much more to come in the years ahead. Tom has a passion to see the next generation of scholars and faculty not only developed in their integration of faith and learning, but a desire to see a community of Christian scholars grow that will include mentoring and deep influence into the institutions of higher education in this country and abroad. 

It is with great joy that I am able to award Tom a $5,000 matching grant* that will allow him to strengthen his partnership base and keep him engaged full-time in this ministry. I hope you will prayerfully consider joining or furthering your commitment to his team as a partner in ministry."  — Craig Gartland, Director of Faculty Ministry / Emerging Scholars Network, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

As we press on in the work to which we’ve been called, we desire the opportunity to connect with you personally to discuss how you can become more involved (e.g., advocacy of support, developing/compiling communications, financial giving, food for campus outreach, gift cards for ministry expenses, help around the house, networking, prayer support). Please let us know your availability. Thank-you for your prayerful consideration of increasing your role in this mission. To God be the glory!

In Christ Alone, Tom & Theresa Grosh IV

*Note from Tom: The matching grant applies to gifts by donors which go beyond their 2011-2012 fiscal year giving. The current fiscal year ends on June 30. If you have questions regarding what you gave last fiscal year and our specific year end financial concerns, please contact us. To support visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh

"Give 'em Heaven."

Posted by tom | May 27, 2013

"Give 'em Heaven." -- Dallas Willard's final charge to his granddaughter Larissa. May we do likewise all of our days! To God be the glory!

For more of what Larissa shared at the Saturday, May 25 memorial service (5:15), click here or below. Praying for God's grace and leading in the legacy each and every one of us will leave our family as Christ-followers.

Thank-you to The Charles Malik Society for Redeeming Reason FB Wall for the heads up on this link.

"Christian Devotional Classics" Curriculum Project

Posted by tom | May 26, 2013

Note: Posted on the Emerging Scholars Network Facebook Wall. Inviting you to the conversation . . .

Salvation. "In those days* men had become keenly conscious of the strictly individual character of 'salvation.' Society -- which meant pagan society, limited by the horizons and prospects of life 'in this world' -- was regarded by them as a shipwreck from which each single individual man had to swim for his life. We need not stop here to discuss the fairness of this view; what matters is to remember that it was a fact. These were men who believed that to let oneself drift along, passively accepting the tenets and values of what they knew as society, was purely and simply a disaster. The fact that the Emperor was now Christian and that the 'world' was coming to know the Cross as a sign of temporal power only strengthened them in their resolve." -- Thomas Merton. "Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings of the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century" (Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2004, 1-2). Do we likewise live in such a time/place? If so, how do we/you respond? If not, how do you distinguish our time/place from the Eastern Mediterranean world of the 4th Century?

Note: The final exam for my summer class in "Christian Devotional Classics"** is a "curriculum project” which attempts "to relate the major texts of the course to a 21st-century audience by 'bridging the hermeneutical gap' between past and present. . . . [including] all of the major devotional classics in the course, with evidence of knowledge of the historical and theological context in which they were written. It should also include commentary on and application of the readings to a contemporary audience in a specified ministry context."

Yes, this is my first step in this direction. If you have interest in reading/discussing some the the classics with me, please let me know. If you have experience in (or a vision for) sharing devotional classics/readings on-line, please drop me a line and share some advise with me, http://www.intervarsity.org/contact/emerging-scholars-network :) Yes, I'm going to have to keep the FB Wall posts a lot shorter, particularly as they feed into Twitter, but the blog has more space :) ~ Tom

*"In 4th century A.D. the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, Arabia, and Persia . . ."

**Evangelical Seminary, http://www.evangelical.edu/_files/live/CH_665_Syllabus_Su_13.pdf

IVCF/Groshes: May Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | May 2, 2013

A brief post to

Summer 2012. Photo by & courtesy of Marci Weidler, Circle of Life Photography.As you may remember our fiscal year ends on June 30. At present God has provided $65,977 toward our $100,000 annual ministry budget, with about an additional $6,694 "committed." We continue to trust the LORD for his provision. He has always supplied for our needs above and beyond our human based expectations. If you and your local congregation have the ability to partner with us financially, please visit https://donate.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.

One final note: Yesterday's Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Blog post PhD or No PhD. That is the Question. (Kate Peterson) is already a popular piece with a cadre of comments by a diverse group of ESN members. If this topic (and how we address it) is of interest to you, please take a few minutes to read the post/comments. If the question is of concern to family, friends, and/or colleagues, please share the link.