ESN Blog: What Shall We Remember?

Posted by tom | Dec 29, 2013

In What Shall We Remember?* David shares about a recent visit to the Pulitzer Prize photography exhibition in Philadelphia with his girlfriend. Not the most romantic outing :0 

I encourage you not only to take a few minutes to read some of what they learned and discussed, but also to personally reflect upon the past year(s) in preparation for the new.

May the Lord grant His Body grace for the new day . . . the new year as we eagerly anticipate the new heavens and the new earth by giving all we have been given to Christ alone. Come, Lord Jesus. Come! 

*Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 12/27/2013.

IVCF/Groshes: Car and phones as year end concerns: Update

Posted by tom | Dec 28, 2013

As we shared in IVCF/Groshes: Car and phones as year end concerns -- phones were quickly supplied. The phones arrived and were already a great blessing this Christmas. Thank-you to those who prayed for this supply, supplied and support us in order that we can afford a cell phone plan.

Although our concerns are not as dramatic as It's A Wonderful Life, I found the film quite moving when I watched it the other evening with Theresa. What a joy to know that God is our provider to be about his mission through the people of God.

Thank-you to those who have expressed desire to assist with finding, evaluating, and/or funding the purchase of a car. It's been a slow process of gathering input and resources. We desire not to step forward until we have all of the necessary resources. We will keep you posted. Please continue to share leads with us. Thank-you.

ESN Blog: Is Reality Secular? Part 1

Posted by tom | Dec 27, 2013

Yes, I couldn't help but dig in and share some of the wealth of Mary Poplin's new InterVarsity Press book (Is Reality Secular? What is the nature of reality?) on the Emerging Scholars Network Blog. Quite a Christmas gift and resource to have on hand for the new year. Stay tuned for more . . . To God be the glory!

PS. As you may remember, Mary Poplin spoke as part of the Christian Scholar Series, in partnership with Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church. Lord willing she'll be back in the area in the spring.

Santa Claus on the ESN Blog

Posted by tom | Dec 26, 2013

Santa Claus. The topic of an Emerging Scholars Network Blog Science in Review for "believers". Click here to enjoy the consideration of the topic :)

IVCF/Groshes: Car and phones as year end concerns

Posted by tom | Dec 18, 2013

Note: Sent to our support team by email on 12/16. This evening I received the email that two cell phones are in the mail to address our concerns regarding cell phones. Thank-you!

What will be next? Join us in prayer for God's provision of a vehicle and/or the resources to invest in a vehicle which will be for the most part used for campus ministry. To God be the glory!


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6

Dear Friends,

As the year comes to a close we reflect on the many ways that God has provided for our needs through your prayers, words of encouragement, acts of service and financial giving. It truly is humbling to live at the mercy of the generosity of God's people. We believe that as long as He wants us in ministry He will provide the means to do so. Frankly it's been a bit tougher this year. It seems that as the kids grow older, expenses rise with their ages. Theresa did take on a part time job this fall to help a little bit, but with Lily in half day kindergarten her available time is limited. We'll revisit that issue next year when all the kids will be in school full time.

Recently 2 larger and periodic needs have arisen and we are asking you to consider if and how you may be able to help.

  • The biggest is that Tom's car is no longer with us. It was a gift about 7 years ago and had close to 200,000 miles on it. We are looking at options but are also taking advice and leads that you may have. We're looking for a reliable, fuel-efficient, 4 door car. We do not have room in our budget for a monthly car payment.
  • The second need is for a new smart phone for Tom (and maybe Theresa). Tom relies on his phone quite a bit since he has a "mobile office". And currently his does not hold a charge reliably. But the age of the phone means that buying a new battery is not a wise option. Theresa's phone is mostly functional but frankly never worked very well. We're not up for Verizon contract renewal until March. The top priority is to replace Tom's phone. Theresa would consider downgrading to a "dumb phone" if that makes more financial sense.

If you would like to give financially to either of these 2 needs, we would be grateful. You could give an extra gift through InterVarsity if you prefer it to be tax deductible, This will assist us in reaching our budget and exploring the possible increase of Tom's salary level in 2014. Or you could give directly to us, but not receive a tax deductible. We are also open to conversation regarding the donation of a car or phone, maybe you're currently doing a year end upgrade :)

We value your prayers regarding these issues. We wish that these "consumer needs" did not dominate our thoughts right now and are trying to trust that God will indeed provide for our NEEDS in His perfect timing.

Day-by-Day by His Grace,

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

Associate Director of Emerging Scholars Network (ESN), http://www.emergingscholars.org, &,

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

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2014 Return to Evangelical Seminary

Posted by theresa | Dec 13, 2013

2013 has been a year of increased responsibility for Thomas (as if that was possible). At the end of 2012 he gave significant time and energy to redesigning the Emerging Scholars Network website. Because of his leadership and insight on that project he was asked to be part of the Graduate and Faculty Ministries (GFM) webpage redesign. He found both projects challenging yet rewarding (Note: Pray for the new GFM site to be ready for review on 12/18 and launch well in early 2014).

But there are only 24 hours in a day. As such he made the difficult decision to take this fall semester off from Evangelical Seminary. Not to worry — Lord willing, he’ll jump back in with 2 classes in January :)

Note: In the mean time he's posted material from Christian Devotional Classics and Theology and Practice of Prayer, i.e.,  and Psalms: The Prayer Book the Bible (by Dietrich Bonhoeffer), on the Emering Scholars Network Blog.

ESN Blog: Babies and Bethlehem

Posted by tom | Dec 13, 2013

Babies and Bethlehem* by the Urban Resident spoke to me strongly. No doubt part of this is due to the loss of our family's first daughter, Elise Faith** and our labors with future health care professionals with the Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine.

What a joy to celebrate that God is truly present with us each and every step of life (and death), with a deep and rich understanding of what it means to be "one of us".

What a great hope to look forward to the return of Jesus the Christ . . . to the rebirth of the creation, i.e., the new heavens and the new earth. Come, Lord Jesus! Come! To God be the glory!

*Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 12/13/2013,

**God at Work Testimony (6/19/2011) by Theresaÿ,

ESN Blog: Returning to Graduate School

Posted by tom | Dec 9, 2013


Returning to Graduate School – Thoughts by Michael Stell (3) wraps up an excellent Emerging Scholars Network Blog series in  
in which Michael Stell shares his passion for Returning to Graduate School and reflects upon what he is learning. May you find his series a personal encouragement and a resource to share with others.
Please email me if you have a story/reflection to share about your academic journey -- interview, question-answer series, joint project, reflective book review, testimony, media file (audio, pictures, powerpoint, slide show, video . . .). Yes, I am flexible on the format :)
Sharing our stories as a testimony and an encouragement to the people of God in higher ed will be a point of emphasis for the Emerging Scholars Network in 2014. Stay tuned. To God be the glory! 
P.S. More from Michael Stell after the semester is over, including a review of Alister McGrath's recently published biography of C.S. Lewis. Note: For two ESN Blog reviews of McGrath's "The Passionate Intellect", visit


Who is St. Nicholas?

Posted by tom | Dec 7, 2013

St. Nicholas Center -- a great resource, which I came across on Keeping Advent 2013. The question of Who is St. Nicholas? comes up year after year in a variety of contexts and this year it was an educational concern for several of our children.

Going a step further . . . In addition to visiting the on-line St. Nicholas Center, I may invest in The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus. Anyone read the 2012 Baylor U. Press book by Adam C. English (Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Campbell University in North Carolina)? To learn more about this book and the author visit and

FYI: Experiencing Meaning this Christmas is an earlier Groshlink family post on Santa Claus/St. Nicholas. A number of Advent/Christmas posts on can be found on GroshlinkThe Emerging Scholars Network, and The Well.

ESN Blog: Active Waiting . . . Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible Part 2

Posted by tom | Dec 5, 2013

Active Waiting . . . Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible Part 2 is on the cutting edge of my curent thought. I'm really excited about the direction of this series.  ~ Thomas B. Grosh IV. Emerging Scholars Network Blog. 12/5/2013. 

ESN Blog: Giving Tuesday

Posted by tom | Dec 3, 2013

Giving Tuesday: Advancing the labors of InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network. For your prayerful consideration. To God be the glory!

ESN Blog: Advent 2013

Posted by tom | Dec 1, 2013

Supporting Cast to the Christmas Story: Shepherds. Thank-you to my InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministry colleague Charlie Clauss for once again sharing Advent Reflections on the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Blog. To God be the glory!

As you seek additional resources I commend to you . . .