IVCF/Groshes: A New Academic Year

Posted by tom | Sep 11, 2013

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. -- II Corinthians 5:14 - 15

Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA interview at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine.

Thomas and Theresa Grosh interviewed on "The Call to Care" at the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA which meets at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. 8/20/2013. Thank-you to Pete for taking the photo!*

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We invite you to rejoice with us -- as we closed out our fiscal year on June 30th we were able to do so "in the black"! The Lord provided, through generous giving from you, sufficient funds to cover the budget. Fiscal year end is always a stretching time for us as we do what we can but then wait to see how the Lord will provide for the ministry. And every year we are humbled at the ways he cares for us. Thank you for believing this ministry is important enough for you to give sacrificially to sustain it. And most importantly, thank you for your prayers on a daily basis. All the money in the world would be meaningless if it was given to a ministry that was not founded on prayer offered to the Lord.

Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA dinner at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine.

The ministry at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, in partnership with the Christian Medical and Dental Association, began a new year in August (http://pennstatecms.wordpress.com). There is an enthusiastic new class of medical students who are seeking Christian fellowship and those who are simply seeking relationship with one another, regardless of faith. Pray that the Christian students would reach out in genuine friendship and love to all students and in doing so demonstrate the love of Christ. Note: The above picture is of a Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA free pre-exam dinner for the first years at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. Tonight will be the final one of three as the first years wrap up their first class (Anatomy and Physiology).

The Emerging Scholars Network blog (http://blog.emergingscholars.org/) continues to be an encouraging online community and valuable resource for Christians in higher education. I spend a great deal of time posting articles of interest and facilitating discussions centered on the challenges of expressing faith in Christ in the academy. As it continues to grow and develop this is proving to be a rewarding area of ministry. If you have recommendations of topics to be considered for the blog and/or the Facebook Wall (https://www.facebook.com/emergingscholars/), possibly even contributions, please let me know. The recommendations and contributors continue to grow.

This is also back to school time in our family. The twins began 8th grade with enthusiasm. The oldest is giving a go at Cross Country this fall and the younger one is eagerly awaiting the start of "drama season." The third oldest began 3rd grade in a new building and is having a blast. And the youngest embarked on her educational journey beginning with Kindergarten! Theresa is still trying to dig out from the summer, but assuming she ever gets her head above water she hopes to do more sewing and try to grow her business, Naptime Inspirations.

In Christ, Tom

*For a glimpse of (and to fill out) some of the material Tom and Theresa drew from visit  http://groshlink.net/archives/2011/06/20/god-at-work-testimonyhttp://groshlink.net/gallery/1/Spiritual%20Autobiography2.pdf, and http://esn.intervarsity.org/resource/loving-god-flesh-real-world.

AND yes, the Emerging Scholars Network website (http://www.emergingscholars.org) which I helped redesign/launch last fall is in the background. Currently I'm part of a team working on the redesign/launch of a new site for all InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministry (http://www.intervarsity.org/gfm/). Lord willing this will be up by calendar year end. Pray for God's grace, insight, and perseverance in this endeavor.

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Day-by-Day by His Grace,

Tom Grosh IV, Groshlink
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Graduate & Faculty Ministry

Associate Director of Emerging Scholars Network (ESN), http://www.emergingscholars.org, http://blog.emergingscholars.org/, https://www.facebook.com/emergingscholars/, http://twitter.com/esnivcf

Associate Staff for the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) at Penn State College of Medicine.

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ESN Blog: Book Review: Eat with Joy

Posted by tom | Sep 10, 2013

Book Review: Eat with Joy. -- Bob Trube. Emerging Scholars Network blog. 9/10/2013.

Question: How do you approach eating? Note: I just added a link to an author interview (Rachel Marie Stone) as part of the bonus features. Enjoy another challenging piece published by InterVarsity Press .

To God be the glory! 

1st Week of School

Posted by tom | Sep 6, 2013

A quick note to share that so far the first week of school has been great! What an amazing joy to have even our youngest board the bus . . . Hard to believe.

Although they're all a little tired in the afternoon/evening and there has been more transportation concerns with the oldest running cross country and the youngest requiring pick-up, the transition has been good. Your prayers, encouragement, and support are a gift. Thank-you. To God be the glory!

ESN Blog: Time to discuss faith, psychology and neuroscience?

Posted by tom | Sep 6, 2013

The first Emerging Scholars Network Blog Post on Minds, Brains, Souls and Gods: A Conversation on Faith, Psychology and Neuroscience by Emeritus Professor of Psychology Malcolm Jeeves (InterVarsity Press, 2013) is up at http://blog.emergingscholars.org/2013/09/faith-psychology-neuroscience/.

To help shape the series, I'd like to hear your questions regarding faith, psychology and neuroscience. Please post questions below or drop me a line at http://www.intervarsity.org/contact/emerging-scholars-network.

ESN Blog: C.S. Lewis on Scripture

Posted by tom | Sep 5, 2013

C.S. Lewis on Scripture. God's Word in Human Words. Part 2 of 2 -- David Williams˙. Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 9/5/2013. Note: I encourage you to read Part 1 before reading part 2. Maybe that's just because I appreciate David's approach to topic and I want to be sure you don't miss anything ;)

When you visit the post don't miss my picture of “C.S. Lewis’ desk and chair” from my brief time at the Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, IL. I enjoyed several hours of research there last fall during a trip to Chicago to interview James W. Sire for a seminary paper/project -- for a series of related posts scroll forward beginning at here.

AND yes, I didn't miss the opportunity to also visit InterVarsity Press while I was "in the neighborhood." :) What a joy to be a part of a campus ministry with a press which has been printing excellent material for decades -- with more to come. To God be the glory!

1500 "likes" on the Emerging Scholars Network Facebook Wall

Posted by tom | Sep 5, 2013

Yesterday the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Facebook Wall reached 1500 "likes." Wow! Humbling.

I remember when I found it hard to believe we had reached several hundred, let alone 1000. Pray for God's discernment in how to best serve the Kingdom of God through this resource page in relationship to other media (both internal and external to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Emerging Scholars Network). As you have recommendations (or desire to join the team in some manner), please do not hesitate to let me know by emailing me here.

PS. As the new academic term begins, please extend the blessing of the ESN by inviting those with whom you are connected in higher education to join the community/conversation on the Facebook Wall and the larger Network. To God be the glory!

ESN Blog: Improbability not equal to impossibility

Posted by tom | Sep 4, 2013

Improbability not equal to impossibility -- Zachary Schmoll. Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 9/4/2013.

Comment: I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to connect with Zak˙. I pray God’s blessing upon his 1) labors as an assistant underwriter, 2) beginning of an MBA program with a desire to teach accounting, 3) blogging through the Bible one chapter at a time*, 4) competing in power soccer. AND whatever else God has in store for him. To God be the glory! 

* http://achapterperday.wordpress.com/about-me/

ESN Blog: Book Review: Teaching and Christian Practices

Posted by tom | Sep 3, 2013

Book Review: Teaching and Christian Practices. Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 9/3/2013. From my introduction: "With the new term opening, let’s get serious with Bob Trube’s review of 'Teaching and Christian Practices: Reshaping Faith and Learning' (David I. Smith & James K.A. Smith, editors. Eerdmans, 2011) and a few bonus articles."

Thank-you to Bob for the challenging piece highlighting that the love God and the love of learning are deeply intertwined.