The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Scot McKnight)

Posted by tom | Mar 9, 2012

Tom Grosh IV introduces Scot McKnight on 2/19/2012

Above is a picture of me introducing Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University, for his Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church adult elective presentation on Why do people understand the Bible so differently & what should we do about it? (2/19/2012). Scot's visit was in partnership with InterVarsity's Emerging Scholars Network in South Central PA. Check back for more photos from the day's activities -- thank-you Nancy!

Note: Scot's 2/19/2012 sermon on The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited is available here (free download or stream).

Update (3/10/2012, 1:15 pm): Don't miss BOGO Scot McKnight books on sale---buy one, get one free from Byron at Hearts & Minds Books! Sale good through 3/14.

Two quotes from partners in our "Helping Haiti Project" (February 13 - 16)

Posted by tom | Mar 8, 2012

Kent Annan and Kristen Anselmo Hertzog share ministry ideas.

I just spent most of a week with Tom, visiting six university campuses and one public library. He did a great job organizing the week. It was an honor to be part of his ministry. I appreciate Tom's humility, service, persistence, and work to serve the gospel -- and especially grad students and faculty. This is a vital place for faith to be alive and engaged. Thank you for supporting Tom in his ministry. — Kent Annan, InterVarsity Press author, co-founder Haiti Partners

Tom Grosh is undoubtedly the most connected person I have met in Central PA! His desire to share his network of friends who believe in education has benefited my organization as I am sure countless others. Thank you, Tom for your heart for ministry through the world of education and desire to see us all working together for the kingdom of God! -- Kristen Hertzog, Executive Director of Haitian Connection Network.

To God be the glory!

Update (3/10/2012, 1 PM): Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 21. Kent will be back in the fall as part of the Christian Scholar Series. He'll also be part of a Brethren in Church Pastoral Enrichment Day (10/23) and pre-Urbana Student Missions Conference 2012 area event. More information coming. 

IVCF/Groshes: 2012 March Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Mar 7, 2012

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. -- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Please take time to prayerfully review the March 2012 Prayer Calendar (PDF), the piece contains a lot of updates, pictures, and upcoming event announcements.

David Downing signs "Looking for the King" for the Grosh family

Quick reminder to those in South Central PA:

3/15 A Night with the Inklings: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship dessert & Christian Scholars gathering

David C. Downing, R. W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College & author of several books on C.S. Lewis

Topic: The interaction between the fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien AND the fruit/value of conversation among Christian Scholars.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Program begins at 7 pm.
Acorn Farms, 3141 Mount Joy Rd, Mount Joy, PA

RSVP by 3/8 via email (intervarsitychristianscholars at yahoo dot com) or

Downing To Speak At InterVarsity Gathering (Elizabethtown-Mount Joy/Mount Joy-Elizabethtown Merchandiser. 3/7/2012). The above picture runs on the front page banner with this caption included in the text of the announcement: Author David C. Downing signed one of his books for Ellen Grosh during a program at the Elizabethtown Public Library in 2011. Downing will speak at an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship event on Thursday, March 15.

Sweeping Up the Heart: A Father's Lament for His Daughter

Posted by tom | Mar 1, 2012

Last Friday I had opportunity to have dinner with and hear Owen Gingerich, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University and a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, speak on The Book Nobody Read: A Closer Look at the Book that Moved the World as part of the The Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science and the Center for Public Humanities. In addition to connecting with some faculty friends and a first year who grew up at the local congregation of which I'm a member, I had opportunity to meet

Paul Nisly, retired Professor of English at Messiah College. His specialty is Southern literature, particularly William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. As well as being an academic, Paul also serves as a Mennonite bishop. 

In response to my sharing about labors at Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA and Elizabethtown Public Library, Paul shared some of the story about his daughter's death in a tractor trailer accident four months after her college graduation and at the beginning of her practice of the discipline of nursing. I am currently reading his book Sweeping Up the Heart: A Father's Lament for His Daughter (Good Books, 1992) with tears in my eyes. The application of literature in the daily life issues and concerns raised by the loss of his daughter is both raw and rich.

Looking forward to getting to know Paul better and exploring the possibility of having him share from Sweeping Up the Heart at PSU-Hershey and Elizabethtown Public Library.

More on Owen Gingerich's amazing story and research coming . . . 

Mark your calendar: Christian Critical Thinking Series at Elizabethtown Public Library

Posted by tom | Feb 29, 2012

David C. Downing signs "Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel" for the Grosh family.Note: If you're in South Central PA, please RSVP for 3/15, A Night with the Inklings: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship dessert & Christian Scholars gathering before proceeding further. On Monday, I chatted with David C. Downing and I'm even more excited than before about exploring:

  1. the interaction between the fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. the fruit/value of conversation among Christian scholars.

Back to the Spring 2012 Christian Critical Thinking Series at Elizabethtown Public Library (Series bookmarkSeries Poster).


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Initial report on the "After Shock" tour

Posted by tom | Feb 17, 2012

Kent Annan speaks at PSU-Hershey Lunch Lecture. 2/14/2012.

The 2/13-16 After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken tour with Kent Annan, co-director of Haiti Partners, has concluded.

Wow! What a joy to serve the Lord through visiting

  • 5 college campuses: Franklin & Marshall (undergrad large group), Messiah (Chapel, Student Dinner, Alternative Chapel), PSU-Harrisburg (undergrad-faculty brown bag lunch), PSU-Hershey Medical Center (Christian Medical Society/CMDA lunch lecture), York (undergrad group dinner, large group)
  • Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church: informal conversation over dinner and then in the hall with the guys during choir
  • Evangelical Theological Seminary: brown bag lunch discussion. A first :)

A brief ESN blog post by Kent Annan is up, I encourage you to take moment to enjoy a "glimpse" of what gives him focus as he speaks on campus. Lots of pictures posted on the Central PA Christian Scholars Network Facebook page, more "in process."

Tonight: Helping Haiti/After Shock (6 pm, Elizabethtown Public Library)

Posted by tom | Feb 13, 2012

Interview of Edvard Guilloteau by Kent Annan in Haiti after the earthquake,

A reminder that Helping Haiti is tonight. If you're in the area, please join us. If you're further away, join us in prayer, particularly for

Following Jesus In The Real World by Kent Annan After Shock by Kent Annan

Yes, copies of is books will be available at his presentations. If you have interest in an After Shock discussion group, let me know. For more information on Kent's February 13-16 visit to South Central PA go to the Library Event Page and/or the Facebook Event Page.

Update: 2/13/2012. 10:48 AM.

Evangelical Seminary won re-accreditation from ATS

Posted by tom | Feb 12, 2012

Yesterday via Facebook I read a good report from Tony Blair, President, Evangelical Seminary,

"Evangelical Seminary won re-accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools this week! That's the second group in one week who have looked at us very, very closely and liked what they've seen. It is good to enjoy the affirmation of our peers, and to hear others say what we already know... that what we're doing is good. Very good."

Praise God! As some of you know I've started taking classes at Evangelical. Yes, I'm once again enjoying the opportunity to be an official student at a very good school. To God be the glory!

PS. On Thursday Evangelical Seminary will be host an 11:30 am campus brown bag lunch with Kent Annan, author of two InterVarsity Press books and co-founder of Haiti Partners. For more information click here. What a joy to have this opportunity to partner in the work of the Kingdom of God!

You Oh God Are A Refuge

Posted by tom | Feb 7, 2012

Today Theresa shares at the Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA's noon lunch lecture What is her focus? Her journey with God through the various health care concerns of our family beginning with the loss of Elise Faith, journeying through my own and Eden's. Pray for her preparation and clarity in presenation. Note: The format will be an interview by CMS' team leader. Also pray for me as I provide 'the table of plenty.'

PS. The other week a friend passed along You Oh God Are A Refuge (New worship song)" -- a song which was a great encouragement to her during chemo treatment. I commend the song to you as the Lord walks with and carries you through difficult times. He is your refuge -- your only hope! If He is your rock, you will not be shaken. As you may guess the song also comes to mind with respect to our February 13 - 16 "Helping Haiti" series with Kent Annan, author of two InterVarsity Press books and co-founder of Haiti Partners.

IVCF/Groshes: 2012 February Update

Posted by tom | Feb 3, 2012

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)

After Shock by Kent Annan

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

What a joy to serve the Lord "One More Day!" God is providing for and multiplying His work on the local and national scene. We rejoice in having you on the team, interceding for and standing with us not only the labors in South Central PA with CMDA and Christian Scholars, but also nationally as part of the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). You are a great encouragement during a stretching time.

A few points to highlight . . .

  1. The February prayer calendar is available here.
  2. For an overview of my most recent ESN Blog series, based on Amy Sherman's Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good (InterVarsity Press. 2011), click here.
  3. As we enter the leadership selection process for PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA, I implore you to join me in prayer for the challenges faced by campus ministries across the nation (e.g., 1/31 Vanderbilt Town Mtg, article, Youtube, Tom's ESN blog post Prayerful consideration & Discussion: Vanderbilt Town Mtg).
  4. Next week Tuesday at PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA, Theresa and I will provide lunch in partnership with friends from our local assembly.
    1. During the presentation time, Jade (CMS/CMDA team leader) will interview Theresa regarding her journey/response to the loss of Elise Faith, my health concerns (cancer, seizures, fainting spells), and Eden's brain bleed/resultant developmental delays.
    2. If you have wisdom you would consider important to impart to budding health care professionals, please drop us a line not only for this event but also our regular interactions with the CMS/CMDA community and those beyond. . . . e.g., I'm once again rounding up a group of Messiah College alum at PSU-Hershey to share with pre-health care professionals associated with Messiah College's MedAware. Date: 2/10. Hoping for the opportunity for a return visit to Grove City College (our alma mater) later in the spring.
  5. Kent Annan's Helping Haiti presentation (Monday, February 13, Elizabethtown Public Library, 6 pm) received front page coverage in the Elizabethtown-Mount Joy Merchandiser. To read, click here. To God be the glory! Kent Annan is the author of two InterVarsity Press books and co-founder of Haiti Partners. February 13-16, Kent will share from After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken with students on campuses in South Central PA. To learn more, visit our Facebook event page and the PA Libraries event page.
  6. Below is Rachel's response to one of the ESN Blog posts by Richard Hughes on Why Christians Must Embrace the Life of the Mind. What a privilege it's been to partner with Richard, who is the Distinguished Professor of Religion and Director of the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania AND author of The Vocation of a Christian Scholar: How Christian Faith Can Sustain the Life of the Mind (Eerdmans, 2005).

Thank you for this. I read the final bolded section and let out a breath I hadn’t realized I’d been holding. The difficulty of translating the pedantries of my academic discipline into feeding the hungry or healing the sick has always bothered me. Thank you for the reminder not to put the cart before the horse – that love is the basic characteristic of Christ-like service, and that it’s much harder to love someone well if you don’t know the truths that have shaped them into who they are.

Additional opportunities for those in South Central PA . . .

  • please consider joining our local assembly (maybe just for lunch addressing Universalism) on Sunday, February 19, to hear Scot McKnight, a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus, AND Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University, Chicago, IL, speak as part of the Christian Scholar Series,
    • Sermon: The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Sermon part of 8:30am and 11:00am worship services)
    • Sunday school elective: Blue Parakeet: Why do people understand the Bible so differently? (10am - 10:45am)
    • Lunch discussion: Facing the Challenge of Universalism in the church and the academy (12:30 - 1:30 am). RSVP via email.
  • please join us on March 15 for A Night with the Inklings: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship dessert & Christian Scholars gathering
    • David C. Downing, R. W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College & author of several books on C.S. Lewis, will speak on the interaction between the fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien AND the fruit/value of conversation among Christian Scholars.
    • Doors open at 6:30 pm. Program begins at 7 pm.
    • Acorn Farms, Mount Joy, PA
    • RSVP via email or phone.
Once again, we rejoice in having you part of this Gospel mission, interceding for and standing with us in the confidence (power, reality, truth) that Christ has triumphed over the gates of hell.

Day-by-Day by His Grace,

Tom Grosh IV, Groshlink
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Graduate & Faculty Ministry in Central PA
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Program On Haiti Slated (Merchandiser, 2/1/2012)

Posted by tom | Feb 1, 2012

Front Page Elizabethtown-Mount Joy Merchandiser coverage of upcoming Helping Haiti gathering (2/13, Elizabethtown Public Library, 6 pm), click here. To God be the glory!

If you're in South Central PA, I hope you can invite a friend and join us for the evening. Whether or not you're able to join us, I invite you to participate through 

To God be the glory & the advance of His Kingdom!

Pray for PSU-Hershey Lunch Lecture Prep

Posted by tom | Jan 31, 2012

Prayer requests for upcomong lunch lecture preparations:

  1. 1/31: Lunch details to come together for serving food and spreading the word about our guest speaker Steve Noblett, the executive director for Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF).  
    • CCHF ( is a network of Christian physicians and other health professionals committed to living out the gospel through healthcare among the poor.  There are over 300 Christian clinics located in medically underserved areas across the United States in the CCHF family.  Many of those offer rotations and clinical experiences where students and residents not only learn the unique challenges of working with complex medical and cultural issues, but also get to see how providers are integrating faith and spiritual care into clinical primary care settings. CMDA has a close relationship with CCHF, and considers CCHF to be its primary domestic missions partner.
    • Steve is a regular speaker at the Global Health Missions Conference, and various CMDA conferences and events.  Steve lives in Memphis with his wife, Victoria, where they have worked for over 20 years with urban teens in severely under-resourced communities.
  2. 2/7: Lunch details to come together with Wenger Meats as Theresa and I will serve food with some friends from Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church.  
    • During the presentation time, Theresa will be interviewed by the PSU-Hershey CMS Chapter President regarding her reflections on health care and recommendations for future health care providers based upon her experiences with our family (loss of Elise Faith, my cancer/seizures, Eden's developmental delays). 
    • As you may have seen on Theresa's wall, she's asking for suggestions, so if you have material which you think should receive emphasis, drop her a note and/or post on her wall.Thank-you to those who have already responded to Theresa's request on her FB wall. Just taking the opportunity to spread the net out a little wider :)
  3. 2/14: Lunch details to come together as one of the physician couples who serve as informal advisors will partner with their local congregation in providing lunch. 

2/13: Helping Haiti/After Shock (6 pm, Elizabethtown Public Library)

Posted by tom | Jan 30, 2012

Tom with Kent Annan, author of two InterVarsity Press books and co-founder of Haiti Partners.

On February 13 at 6 pm, Helping Haiti kicks off at Elizabethtown Public Library. Helping Haiti is a South Central PA grassroots networking event involving a group of people with a heart for Haiti and representatives of several local organizations with work in Haiti:

The gathering was inspired by Kent Annan, author of two InterVarsity Press books and co-founder of Haiti Partners. Kent will join us for the evening and share some of his story, recently published in After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World Is Shaken. Afterward he will take questions and sign books, his other InterVarsity Press title being Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle. When the library closes at 8 pm, some of us will walk over to Folklore Coffee for further conversation :) Please share the word . . . 


How an Abortion Saved the Lives of Many (Jenefer Igarashi)

Posted by tom | Jan 24, 2012

"How an Abortion Saved the Lives of Many." Thank-you to my friend who shared this powerful testimony/story via G+.* Be sure to watch the short video ( and read the article. To God be the glory! 

Pray for PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA as we prepare to host Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Service,, later in the term. 

*Jenefer Igarashi is married to Geoff the Great and a homeschool momsie to six kids They've been homeschooling since 1995. She's socially awkward, somewhat unorganized and continually fails, but is saved and redeemed by the Sovereign Grace of God through Christ. 

Can you hear me now?/Simply Christian

Posted by tom | Jan 18, 2012

Today, Eden's receiving a replacement of her ear tubes. Pray for a smooth surgery/recovery. We look for forward to the improvement of her hearing, leading to an improvement in communication.

As I'm caring for our youngest during Eden's procedure, I'll miss the launch of this term's PSU-Harrisburg C.S. Lewis Seminar.  But I can pray for the noon gathering. Take a few minutes to join me to pray for the members to reconnect, recap previous chapters of N.T. Wright's Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, complete Chapter 7, and most importantly walk away with richer understanding of/actual with with Jesus the Christ.

PS. If you're unfamiliar with the work of N.T. Wright (former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars who is now serving as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at University of St. Andrews’s School of Divinity) and desire to learn more about his writing/perspective, I encourage you to check out Believing and Belonging (excerpt from Simply Christian) and Georgetown University Veritas Forum Presentation (10/20/2006). I had the privilege of attending this Veritas Forum at which N.T. Wright spoke, my notes are posted on this blog at Simply Christian.

Updated: 1/18/2012, 8:56 AM.

1/13-15 CMDA Northeast Winter Retreat

Posted by tom | Jan 13, 2012

2011 CMDA Winter Retreat Worship Time

2011 CMDA Northeast Winter Retreat    

In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation." -- Isaiah 25:9

Tonight Theresa and I head out to Sandy Cove, MD, for CMDA's Northeast Winter Retreat. We can't wait for the opportunity to hang out with student as they worship God and grow in their "call to care."

Pray for 

  • Safe travel for delegates from across the Northeast.
  • Growth in depth of relationship with students from PSU-Hershey and physician friends from the area who will join us as we hangout over meals and consider God's word in small groups. Opportunities for significant networking and encouragement in larger circles . . . 

2011 CMDA Winter Retreat Delegates from South Central PA

South Central PA Delegates (2011 Winter Retreat)

  • Clarity in teaching by Drs. Paul and Susan Lim, The Christian Life: Called to Pursue Soul-Satisfying Joy: A medical couple reflects on their missionary experience in Ethiopia. 

2011 CMDA Northeast Winter Retreat Speakers: Drs. Paul and Susan Lim

    • In 2008, Paul and Susan along with their two children, Justin and Karis, moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to help CURE International start and run a new Christian mission hospital specializing in pediatric disabilities.  Paul, a plastic/reconstructive surgeon, was the Medical Director, and Susan was the Consultant Pediatrician for the hospital, two of only three first world trained pediatricians in the entire country of 85 million people. They had a passion for reaching unreached people groups with the Gospel and integrated their medical work with this passion.  After two and a half years, just as they began to see the first fruits, they unexpectedly needed to relocate back to the US, ending up in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, where they were graciously welcomed back by their sending church, Bethlehem Baptist Church of Minneapolis.  Paul is currently working as a pediatric plastic surgeon with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is also an Assistant Professor of the University of Minnesota, being part of the teaching faculty for the plastic surgery residency.  Susan is not currently working as a pediatrician but is busy taking care of her family and home in their sudden and tumultuous transition that is still not even a year old.
  • Wisdom in next steps and application of what is learned (including sharing core truths/principles/stories with friends) with on campus accountability.

I Want (Excerpt from "Following Jesus through the Eye of the Needle" by Kent Annan)

Posted by tom | Jan 11, 2012

Mark your calendars for February 13 - 16. Kent Annan, author of two InterVarsity Press books and co-founder of Haiti Partners, will be in South Central PA sharing an honest word about his journey with God in Haiti.

He kicks off with Helping Haiti, a South Central PA grassroots networking event involving a group of people with a heart for Haiti and representatives of several local organizations with work in Haiti (Elizabethtown Public Library, 6 pm). For more information visit the Library Event Page and/or the Facebook Event Page.

Praise: Yesterday's Merchandiser interview on Kent's visit went well. What a joy to partner with Elizabethtown Public Library on this project! Lord willing, the article will run 2/1. I've started sharing posters, lots of interest at "Bearly Used Boutique," "Mount Joy Gift & Thrift," & "Pages." Also I let "Folklore" know some of us would be dropping by afterward . . . If you'd like a poster to hang and/or some quarter sheets to share, drop me a line :)

Update: 1/11/2012 (9:41 AM).

Prayer Request: PSU-Hershey Lunch Lecture

Posted by tom | Jan 10, 2012

 Les welcomes PSU-Hershey students to his house for a celebration of Christmas.Les welcomes students to his house to celebrate Christmas.

Today begins the PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA lunch lecture series. Les Scorza, M.D., an interventional radiologist and the fellowship's advisor, will speak.

Pray for

  • Students to re-engage and for a growth in the men's Bible study. Note: CMS pictures from the fall are posted here.
  • Plenty of food not just for this week, but throughout the term. Pray for volunteers to fill the open weeks.
  • Les to present clearly the "call to care."
  • Discernment in the spring leadership selection process. Pray for the Lord alone to be our strength.

Prayer Request: God at Work (Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ)

Posted by tom | Jan 8, 2012

2011 Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society/Christian Medical and Dental Associations Fall Retreat at Kirchenwald

PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA Fall Retreat (2011)

Pray for myself and several students from PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA as we give testimony to "God at work" with Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church. We'll share during the morning worship service, a few minutes with several Fellowship Groups, and a lunch with a physician from the local assembly.

As you probably know, our family worships at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church and the local assembly has been a great encouragement to our labors, even partnering with the bold/experimental Christian Author Series (which will host Kent Annan from February 13 -16) and the Christian Scholar Series (which will host Scot McKnight on February 19).

We desire the time this morning to be one of celebration and an invitation to deeper partnership, particularly with regard to providing lunch for our weekly Tuesday outreaches. For a glimpse of PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA click here.

January 2012 Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Jan 6, 2012

Tom & Theresa's Wedding. January 6, 1996 1996 Wedding Tom & Theresa Kiss

As we're focused upon a day celebrating the gift of One More Day in marriage (1/6/1996), I'll try to be brief . . .

  • Happy Anniversary Theresa! What a joy to share our lives together in the mystery of marriage. How amazing is the providence of God to be seated alphabetical in nearly all our high school classes (In the end, Ginder and Grosh have a lot more in common than anticipated), drawn to Odyssey of the Mind, Biology majors together at Grove City College, married in college, and a couple who find ourselves commited to a life in mission with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (along with a handful of growing girls)! To God be the glory!
  • Theresa and I rejoice in your sharing ministry with us through time, encouragement, energy, prayer, hosting, passing on the word about speakers/events, and volunteering. Please keep track of what's going on through the January 2012 Prayer Calendar and pictures from the PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA Christmas Party (Note: posted here. Scroll to the bottom of the fall term pictures. A teaser below . . .).
  • God is providing for our finanical support through His Body. We received $13,143 in December (bringing us $45,305 as we enter 2012, with a total budget of ~$98,000). We ask you to join us in leaning upon Him alone as we rejoice in the gift to serve Him One More Day by raising up/mentoring the next generation of Christian Scholars and Health Care Professionals to be salt, light, and leaven across the globe.

2011 CMS Christmas Party Height Check

"Helping Haiti"/"After Shock" PR Materials Available

Posted by tom | Dec 16, 2011

Note: "After Shock" YouTube link,

In addition to the Facebook Event Page for 2/13-16 Christian Author Series: "After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When Your World is Shaken," promotional materials are available for 

2/13 (6 pm, Elizabethtown Public Library, Elizabethtown, PA): Kick-off to a series which will focus upon campuses in South Central PA. 

Tom with Kent Annan, author of two InterVarsity Press books and co-founder of Haiti Partners.Just getting the word out for those who work several months ahead. I'll begin promotion in the new year. If you're in South Central PA and would like a copy of one of his InterVarsity Press books, drop me a note. The suggested gift is $10 per copy.

For more on Kent Annan, author of two InterVarsity Press books and co-founder Haiti Partnersvisit Below's a picture of Tom with Kent at CCO's 2011 Jubilee Conference.

Haitian Connection Network's (HCN) Holiday Hearts for Haiti Concert

Posted by tom | Dec 10, 2011

Tonight's the Haitian Connection Network's (HCN) Holiday Hearts for Haiti Concert. Can't wait! I'll try to remember to take pictures :)

I've really enjoyed getting to know Kristen Anselmo Hertzog, Founder & Executive Director at HCN, as we've discussed Kent Annan's 2/13-16 visit to South Central PA. Note: Kent Annan's the author of two InterVarsity Press books, including "After Shock: Searching for Honest Faith When: Your World Is Shaken," and co-founder of Haiti Partners.

As you may have guessed, HCN will be involved in the 2/13 "Helping Haiti" gathering featuring Kent Annan (Elizabethtown Public Library, 6:30 pm. Come at 6 pm to chat when some friends in the area who are also serving in Haiti). 1/4 sheets for the gathering available at the concert (or by clicking here). 8.5x11 poster available here. To get involved, give me a call or drop me a note.

What a joy to co-labor with the people of God to advance the work of the Kingdom. Praying for God's blessing upon His work in Haiti. May God grant me the grace to discern how to be His head, heart, and hands to his glory!

Responding to "The heavens declare the glory of God"

Posted by tom | Dec 8, 2011

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge."

To God be the glory!

In giving attention to Psalm 19 for a final paper (Psalms at Evangelical with David Dorsey), the life, work, ministry of Cal DeWitt came to mind. Here's some of the recently retired Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, U. Wisconsin-Madison, thoughts on "Is environmentalism an unhealthy pursuit?" (

Hosted Cal in Pittsburgh and our family had the opportunity to hear him as part of an InterVarsity Faculty Camp at Cedar Campus a few years ago. Would love to have him speak in South Central PA. The wheels are turning :) 

PS. If you'd like a book on Creation Care to add to your Christmas list, I recommend you consider The Care of Creation: Focusing Concern and Action (InterVarsity Press, 2000). Cal wrote the chapter entitled, "Creation's Environmental Challenge to Evangelical Christianity." Yes, Theresa and I were biology majors at Grove City College and practice a form of simple living in concert with extended family :) Now where did those chickens get to . . .

Starting 2012 Ahead: December Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Nov 30, 2011

ESN Mission

As I mentioned yesterday with my post Starting 2012 Ahead: Overview, our family desires to be good stewards of our time on the mission field by focusing on equipping for outreach and being engaged in outreach instead of fund development. I know that many of our sponsors agree that significant conversations with students, emerging scholars, faculty, and health care professions is where our time and energy should be directed. To assist you in directing your prayers, here is our December Prayer Calendar. Please feel free to distribute among friends, family, small groups, local congregations, prayer ministries, etc. For those in South Central PA, please mark your calendar so you don't miss the upcoming special events:

12/16/2011: Updated with "After Shock"/"Helping Haiti" Materials.

Starting 2012 Ahead: Overview

Posted by tom | Nov 29, 2011

In order to start 2012 ahead of the game finanically and focus on outreach instead of fundraising, I'm beginning a ministry update series which will run periodically through the end of the calendar year.

The below material is taken from our December email update. If you are not on this list, but desire to receive our monthly email, please let us know.

If you desire to give a year end gift and/or join the regular support team, on-line giving is available here.

Christ Compels!

Raising up the next generation of Christian Scholars and Health Care
Professionals to be salt, light, and leaven across the globe.

2011 Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society/Christian Medical and Dental Associations Fall Retreat at Kirchenwald


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