Reminder: David C. Downing, 1/10, 6:30

Posted by tom | Jan 10, 2011

If you're in South Central PA, a reminder not to miss David C. Downing's* interactive, multi-media presentation on his new book Looking for the King:  An Inkling's Novel (Ignatius. 2010).  And if you haven't already picked up a copy of Looking for the King, then do such tonight and have it signed :-)

Elizabethtown Public Library, 2nd Floor

6:30 pm

Interested in more information:

PSU-Hershey "out of the gate"

Posted by tom | Jan 5, 2011

Yesterday Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (CMS)/CMDA started w/a bang!  The lunch w/Chinese food was packed and blessed by the testimony of a student leader.  Thank-you for sharing Isaac.  To God be the glory! 

The evening leadership team meeting prayerfully considered the fall term, seeking the Lord's direction for 2011.  Pray for discernment in follow-up conversations and when we come together again each Tuesday through the term. 

The Bible studies (1 for women, 1 for men) began by once again digging into the book of Judges.  Tough material in the last three chapters.  I'll comment another day, all I have to say at this time is to pray for faithfulness among God's people to the call/will of God. 

Click here for the Grosh's 2011 January Prayer Calendar (PDF).  Click here to pray through the CMS event calendar.

Praising God as we close 2010 & enter 2011

Posted by tom | Dec 30, 2010

God provides through His people in amazing ways to accomplish His mission. Even though we've not reached 12/31, giving is ahead of last year's six month mark by ~ $4,000. This drops our projected fiscal year gap (6/30/2011) to ~ $8,000. Praise God! We continue to place our confidence in the Father. If you desire to give financially before the end of 2010, please visit http://www.intervarsity.org/donate/to/Tom_Grosh.

We rejoice that a number of you have been called to support our family & ministry through gifts-in-kind: food, books, clothes, counsel, creative resources, hosting gatherings, office supplies, time, etc. Your enable us not only to have the basics, but also to be hospitable at home & on campus in the confines of a tight budget. If you desire to contribute food for campus outreaches & social gatherings in the spring term, please give us a call or drop us a message ASAP. "The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed ..." -- Matthew 13:30-32.

Your prayers and partnership are part of God's provision of enabling our family to embrace the pioneering work of the Christian Scholar Series/Emerging Scholars Network and the Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society/Christian Medical & Dental Association.  As we enter 2011, click here for the January Prayer Calendar (PDF).  Note:  Announcements of upcoming activities highlighted in the prayer calendar will come in the new year.

Community Invited To “Look For The King” During Book Talk

Posted by tom | Dec 29, 2010

The word is getting out regarding David C. Downing's* Monday, January 2011, 6:30 pm, presentation on his new book Looking for the King:  An Inkling's Novel (Ignatius. 2010).

Today, the Merchandiser ran Community Invited To “Look For The King” During Book Talk (Krista Hurley). Note: The below trailer is posted at the book website (with lots of great Inklings material) and Youtube.

If you haven't picked up a copy of the Looking for the King, I'd encourage you to do such.  If you're in the area, swing by the library to purchase a copy of the book and invite a friend to come with you to the January 10th interactive, multi-media presentation.  I'll be there with at least one of my daughters, the one who has started reading Looking for the King with me (my second run through) and has started writing some material of her own.  Wow! 

*David C. Downing, R. W. Schlosser Professor of English, Elizabethtown College, is a C.S. Lewis scholar.  For his other writings and his college webpage click here.

Pray for today's appointments

Posted by tom | Dec 16, 2010

Today is a full day of appointments. 

Pray for

  1. Breakfast with a physican regarding the work of PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society/CMDA and my desire to study at Evangelical Theological Seminary, Myerstown, PA.
  2. Evangelical Theological Seminary:  conversation with a faculty member to see how we can shape a part-time student schedule while continuing full-time with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. 
  3. Merchandiser interview regarding a "new release series" in cooperation with the Elizabethtown Public Library and Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ.

December Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Nov 30, 2010

Please print our 2010 December Prayer Calendar for personal, familial, small group, local congregational prayer.  We rejoice in your prayers, encouragement, and partnership as finish our 14th year of ministry and look to begin 15 years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in January.  To God be the glory!

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” -- Isaiah 52:7

2010 Year End Update

Posted by tom | Nov 27, 2010

Your partnership with us is a great blessing.  Many of you will have received our 2010 Year End Update in the mail, but if you haven't please click here. We only continue in the upward hope of Christ Jesus by the grace of God.  He richly provides by the prayers, encouragement, and supply of the people of God.  Thank-you for being part of the team. 

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Note:  Pray for the Monday gathering of our Mission Opportunity Sending Team where will discuss a number of items including preparations for

  1. Testimonies about the work of God on campus
    1. 12/5 Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Fellowship Group
    2. 1/30 at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ.  Looking into being joined by some students from the PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society
  2. Mary Poplin's (Claremont Graduate University, Professor of Education) visit
  3. Spring opportunities for volunteers: 
    1. Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Retreat (2/11-13)
    2. Mary Poplin's (Claremont Graduate University, Professor of Education) visit (2/27)
    3. Meals for PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society's Lunch Lecture/Outreach
  4. Fund development gatherings/opportunities to expand our funding base by an annual $12,000.

Toah Nipi here I come

Posted by tom | Nov 8, 2010

Getting ready to fly out of Baltimore to InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministry NorthEast Regional Staff Conference (RSC). We're meeting at InterVarsity's Camp Toah Nipi. Our family hung out there a summer ago for the same conference. The twins were very disappointed to not have the opportunity to go back this year.

But they did go to InterVarsity's Undergraduate Mid-Atlantic Regional Staff Conference this summer at Camp Hebron. Hard to compare pool time this summer with the cool weather and precipitation of the fall at Toah Nipi ;-) And who would want to miss school?

November Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Nov 5, 2010

We rejoice in your continued prayer and partnership. Here's our November 2010 Prayer Calendar.

If you desire to learn more about what's happening with our ministry/family or follow-up to prayer requests, please drop us a line!

Prayer Request: PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society Fall Retreat

Posted by tom | Oct 22, 2010
Pray for the PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society as we start up our Fall Retreat. About 30 graduate students, medical students, nurses, physicians, & some family members (including our twins!) will gather tonight/tomorrow at Roxbury Holiness Camp for worship, fellowship, recreation, & to hear a physician share from the Word of God and his experience as a follower of Christ in the health care profession.

In specific, pray for safe night driving to/from, a good rest for first years (both medical students & graduate students) after their Anatomy & Physiology final, clarity for the physician who shares with us, drawing closer to God & one-another as the people of God called to be the "head, heart, & hands" of Christ Jesus at PSU-Hershey Medical Center.

October 2010 Prayer Letter

Posted by tom | Oct 1, 2010

Lording willing, this morning I'll finish my paper on "The Articulation of Peacemaking at Elizabethtown College" and "close the book" on several projects leftover from the summer. 

After a time of rest this weekend, I'll post/send a ministry update.  For now please accept our October 2010 Prayer Calendar.

Prayer Request: Prep for "Head, Heart & Hands"

Posted by tom | Sep 19, 2010

Pray for Tom as he prepares for the upcoming event with Dennis Hollinger (President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) on 9/26, Info/RSVP. Pray for Tom's ability to focus on the details which will enable this time to go smoothly and for guests from the community and various campuses in South Central PA to feel welcomed by the people of God at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ.  Pray for all who come to leave offering 'Head, Heart & Hands' to God in worship (as individuals, families, and the Body of Christ) more fully each and every day, every step of the way.

For more on the development of the Emerging Scholars Network in Central PA, read the article in the Elizabethtown-Mount Joy Merchandiser, Christian Scholar Series To Continue With Seminar

Medicinal Insights

Posted by tom | Sep 14, 2010
While reading through this morning's news updates I came across The Public’s Quiet Savior From Harmful Medicines (Gardiner Harris. NY Times. 9/13/2010), an article on the life/work of Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey.

... On Wednesday, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will honor Dr. Kelsey with the first Kelsey award. It will be given to a F.D.A. staff member annually. The award will come 50 years after Dr. Kelsey, then a new medical officer at the agency, first sat down to consider an application from the William S. Merrell Company of Cincinnati to sell a sedative named Kevadon, which was widely prescribed in Europe for morning sickness in pregnancy.

As it turned out, the drug (better known by its generic name, thalidomide) would cause thousands of children in Europe to be born limbless or with flipperlike arms and legs. With her probing analysis of Merrell’s application and her insistence on scientific rigor, Dr. Kelsey ensured that the effects in the United States were far more limited. ... -- The Public’s Quiet Savior From Harmful Medicines (Gardiner Harris. NY Times. 9/13/2010)

Some excellent research stories, one was particularly humorous as it underscored the dedication of researchers serving the public common good.  Makes the whole article worth a read ;-)

Taking a step back from the article, I am reminded of the immense value of a ministries such as ...

  1. PSU-CMS (affiliated w/CMDA) in which we are bridging physicians, medical students, nurses, nursing students, researchers, and graduate students in their 'call to care as followers of Christ in a unique university hospital setting.'  As you may know, I am currently preparing for another day at PSU-Hershey Medical Center with the Christian Medical Society. Today's weekly lunch lecture will feature a physician giving testimony to following Christ first in all aspects of life.  Tonight we'll provide a free dinner in the midst of a crazy study stretch for the next Anatomy & Physiology exam.  Pray for the materials to come together well for the two gatherings, a gift of hospitality for the leadership team, and insights in conversation/presentation with all those who will be involved.
  2. Christian Scholar Series:  On Sunday, September 26, a unique partnership between Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ, Hearts & Minds Bookstore, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Central PA Christian Scholars Network will bring Dennis Hollinger, President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, to Central PA.  As you may know, Hollinger has written on and given counsel on a number concerns in the area of Bioethics. So in addition to passing out lots of copies of Hollinger's "classic," Head, Heart & Hands* over the past couple of weeks, I've also been sharing/recommending The Meaning of Sex:  Christian Ethics & the Moral Life (Baker, 2009) and Choosing the Good: Christian Ethics in a Complex World (Baker, 2002)** with members of the academic and medical community. If you're in Central PA, don't miss the opportunity to hear/interact with one of Lancaster County's own!  For more info and to RSVP visit http://www.etownbic.org/hollinger.

*FYI: Byron Borger's post here

**FYI: Byron Borger's post here

9/26 Christian Scholars Series Poster, Event Info Links

Posted by tom | Sep 9, 2010

 

Dennis Hollinger, President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, presents for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Central PA Christian Scholars Series.

 

Please post/share 9/26 Christian Scholar Series: Dennis Hollinger Poster (PDF) in helpful locations.  Whether or not you are able to join us for the day, please take a few minutes as you read this post to intercede for

  • Dennis Hollinger (President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary):  safe travel, good preparation/presentation, helpful interaction with the many who will come with lots of questions regarding the topics which he has to share.
  • Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ's coordination of facilities, resources, and hospitality.  Praise God for this unique and growing partnership.
  • Insight for Tom as he plans out the lunch lecture's food preparation, hospitality, program, publicity, set-up.

For more on the day visit http://www.etownbic.org/hollinger and Facebook Event Page.

PS.  Just a reminder to keep up to date with the below links ... more prayer requests and event info will also be on groshlink in coming days.

 

Reminder: 8/31 CMDA Events

Posted by tom | Aug 30, 2010

On Tuesday, August 31, we will gather friends from Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA, http://www.cmda.org) to hear Scott Boyles, CMDA's Northeast Regional Director. Scott will present on "Connecting along the Journey."

Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (PSU-CMS), Noon, PSU Hershey Medical Center, Room 1847. If you're not regularly involved in lunch lectures, please RSVP to me.

CMDA South Central PA, 7pm. Acorn Farms, 3141 Mount Joy Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552. RSVP to me.

Scott's looking forward to connecting with as many CMDA members as possible with the goal of hearing how things are going for you and sharing an update about CMDA, especially a slightly new direction for Campus and Community ministries — the grassroots ministry arm of CMDA. If you're part of the CMDA mix (or desire to become a part of it), I encourage you to make every effort to come out.

Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society: Up and Running

Posted by tom | Aug 15, 2010

Praise God for the strong launch of Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (PSU-CMS).  About half of the 55 students at our first Tuesday lunch gathering (2nd day of classes) were first year students.  We even had a few first year grad students in the mix with the medical students.  Can't wait until the next class of nursing students arrive!

Several of the students we had connected with ahead of time in person (when they visited campus or students knew one-another from undergrad; for example 3 Eastern Alum, 3 Wheaten College Alum, 4 Messiah College Alum, 7 Grove City College Alum are involved in our fellowship*) or over the internet.  But for the most part students came due to chalk board announcements in the first year Anatomy and Physiology class.

Hayley and I enjoyed hanging out with twenty from PSU-Hershey at Saturday's games night! What a way to kick off a year, I chatted with students over dessert for over an hour before the Chapter President gathered everyone together for introductions/games. We went around the room sharing "What's the most dangerous thing you've ever done?" My response: "Getting married," followed by "having kids." Led to a good conversation in the car with the daughter who had joined me for the evening. Second Question, "What's your biggest pet peeve?"  My response:  When the computer shuts down for some reason while I'm in the middle of writing a blog post.  Good thing that there is an autosave feature :-)

Pray for another strong turnout on Tuesday when the physician who joined our Dominican Republic Spring Break Trip speaks at lunch lecture, followed by frisbee in the evening.  In addition, pray for continued growth in the development of a Health Care Professionals Network in South Central PA which will reach out to area hospitals and minister to 3rd Year Students on rotation along with new residents (i.e., those who have just graduated from Medical School and in the mentoring process).

Upcoming Event: On Tuesday, August 31, we will gather CMDA (http://www.cmda.org) friends together to hear Scott Boyles, CMDA's Northeast Regional Director. Scott will present on "Connecting along the Journey."

Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (PSU-CMS), Noon, PSU Hershey Medical Center, Room 1847. If you're not regularly involved in lunch lectures, please RSVP to me.

CMDA South Central PA, 7pm. Acorn Farms, 3141 Mount Joy Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552. RSVP to me.

*I should take survey on alma maters represented in the fellowship.  Other schools which come to mind include Bucknell, Cedarville, McMaster, Millersville, Mt. Holyoke, Northwestern, Penn State, Stony Brook, Temple, Virginia Tech, William & Mary.

Early August 2010 Update

Posted by tom | Aug 13, 2010

Since the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) Mtgs in Washington, D.C., there has been a steady stream of ministry:  speaking with Young Adults at Roxbury Holiness Camp, launch of Penn State Hershey Christian Medical Society (PSU CMS), InterVarsity's Mid-Atlantic Undergrad Region's Staff Conference, and preparation for fall activities.

By God's grace, the family has not been lost in this blur of activity.  In particular, we all enjoyed the special treat of some aspect of InterVarsity's Mid-Atlantic Undergrad Region's Staff Conference and PSU CMS. Pray for us to keep on track during a busy month* which culminates with the beginning of a new school year.  Note:  Eden can't wait for Kindergarten, pray that this keeps up and Eden enjoys the Open House!

PS.  More specific updates on these various endeavors as time permits, some items probably won't 'come across your screen' until September :-0

*Theresa takes the twins to the beach next week, PSU CMS has a number of activities for first year students, our family makes a run to visit friends in Pittsburgh (if you're in the Pittsburgh area, please drop us a line to see if we can connect while we're in town), Tom takes a class on "The Church," we gather CMDA friends together on August 31.

August 2010 Prayer Calendar, Fiscal Update

Posted by tom | Jul 29, 2010

Go to http://groshlink.net/gallery/1/10_August_Prayer_Calendar.pdf to print our August 2010 Prayer Calendar and continue to walk with us in prayer over the course of coming month.

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

We rejoice in your standing with us in so many ways during a full year of sharing Christ in the complex mission field of higher education.  Pray for us as we jump into a new "academic term" of ministry at PSU-Hershey Medical Center with a Christ-centered passion, intensity, and "call to care." Pray for the new students (medical, nursing, and graduate) who are arriving to "get settled," find their way around, and come into contact with the various new year activities provided by CMS.  Key upcoming activities/dates to remember in prayer:  orientation beginning (8/2), 1st classes (8/9), 1st CMS weekly lunch outreaches (8/10).

A few updates:

1.  The August Prayer Calendar is posted at http://groshlink.net/gallery/1/10_August_Prayer_Calendar.pdf.  Note: page 2 has a list of upcoming events.  For those 

  • In Pittsburgh, let us know if you're available to connect when we're in the area August 21-22. We're in process of arranging a Saturday late afternoon/evening reception, details tba.
  • In Central PA
    • August 31 (7 pm):  Invitation to PartnershipDental & Health Care Professionals. Speaker: Scott Boyles, Northeast Regional Director of the Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA).  Location:  Acorn Farms, 3141 Mount Joy Road - Mount Joy, PA 17552.  Please feel free to pass information regarding this event to health care professionals.  RSVP to tgrosh4@aol.com.
    • Sunday September 26 (12:30 pm):  Challenging sexual ethics issues Christians face today.  Christian Scholar Series featuring Dennis Hollinger, President of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.  Visit http://www.etownbic.org/hollinger/ to RSVP and for information on the whole morning at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ(sermon on Head, Heart & Hands, adult elective on Christian Ethics in Life & Death).

2.  Fiscal Update: Many of you have asked and given sacrificially during a stretching economic time.  Thank-you.  We rejoice in your concern and your standing with us in prayer, gifts [financial, office supplies, food, household (especially with Eden), time, skills, even services], and encouragement. The numbers are in and the bottom line is that we ended with a shortfall of $5,318 (reduced from the anticipated $15,000 shortfall). This will be addressed in the 2010-2011 fiscal year by adding the amount to the $92,000 which we're budgeted to raise in the coming fiscal year.  Please email us if you desire some detail regarding our budget and unique forms of giving/volunteering to advance the work.

  1. Not the end of the storyAt the beginning of July, we received a $2,000 gift to further address the shortfall, adjusting the number at $3,318.  What a blessing, another example of how God provides through His people through His means in His timing.  As we have shared before, we have been blessed in immeasurable ways by your friendship, prayers, encouragement and giving.  Furthermore we are confident that God intends for us to touch campuses throughout Central PA (with PSU-Hershey Medical Center receiving a significant attention) and Emerging Scholars on the national scene (through conferencing, presenting, writing, blogging on http://blog.emergingscholars.org).  As such he will provide for our needs.  To God alone be the glory for the provision and the work on campus! 
  2. Anchor Team:  If you sense a desire/interest (even call) to become part of a team/network of resource people to develop new and creative ways to fund and advance this pioneering work, please drop us a line by email or phone.  It is our intention to enter the new calendar year with a firm plan as to how to address the shortfalls which we experienced this year.  An important component of this plan, involves the development of a new team of donors to walk alongside us in the pioneering work among Christian scholars and health care professionals.
One more day by the grace of God alone,
 

Tom & Theresa Grosh

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Mid-Atlantic Faculty Ministry Catalyst
Brethren in Christ World Missions Affiliate
Christian Medical & Dental Association Associate Staff
http://www.groshlink.net/ (Family/Ministry Blog)
http://blog.emergingscholars.org/author/tomg/ (Emerging Scholars Network Blog Posts)

IVCF/Groshes July Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Jul 19, 2010

The summer has been full and it does not appear to be letting up. Please forgive me for not posting our July Prayer Calendar earlier, it is now available at http://groshlink.net/gallery/1/10_June_Prayer_Calendar.pdf.  Your intercession is greatly coveted/desired by our family and those with whom we minister on campuses in Central PA, in South Central PA as a community, within InterVarsity Christian Fellowship [through a variety of connections including InterVarsity Press (IVP) and Emerging Scholars Network], and on the web (e.g., http://blog.emergingscholars.org).

Fiscal Update: Many of you have asked.  Thank-you.  We rejoice in your concern and your standing with us in prayer, gifts [financial, office supplies, food, household (especially with Eden), time, skills, even services], and encouragement. So the numbers are in and the bottom line is that we ended with a shortfall of $5,318.  This will be addressed in the 2010-2011 fiscal year by adding the amount to the $92,000 which we're budgeted to raise in the coming fiscal year.*  At the beginning of July, we received a $2,000 gift to address the shortfall, adjusting the number at $3,318God provides through His people through His means in His timing.  We wait upon Him.  To God alone be the glory for the provision and the work on campus! 

Reconnecting:  If you're in the Pittsburgh area, let us know if you're available to connect when we're in the area 8/21-22, for more swing by 8/21-22 Pittsburgh Visit. If you're not from the Pittsburgh area (or not available over that interval) and desire to touch base, please email, call, or message us.

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Top 100 Theology Blogger in Zambia with Pastor Steve

Posted by tom | Jul 18, 2010

TCCA

 

 

Before flying out, Steve Lane (Pastor of Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ) dropped me an email to let me that he'll be joined at Theological College of Central Africa (TCCA, http://www.theologicaltraininginafrica.org/) by Matthew S. Harmon. Matt is the Professor of New Testament Studies, Grace College & Theological Seminary and his blog on Biblical Theology, http://www.matthewsharmon.com/, is ranked #11 on Christian College dot com's Top 100 Theology Blog List.

Hmm. The world of blogs. I wonder if Matt will post about his time at TCCA with Steve. Maybe I can get an inside scoop before he returns (or after the trip if the connection isn't good). Maybe Matt will be an inspiration to Steve to start a blog for Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ ;-)

Note 1: Earlier post TCCA Connections -- Example of a small world & the work of God.

Note 2: I wonder how this list was generated. Good to see that Scot McKnight's Jesus Creed made the list, but I'd rank it much higher ;-) I wonder if BioLogos or Emerging Scholars might make future lists.

Updated 2/6/2013. 10:40 AM.

Brethren in Christ General Conference Highlights

Posted by tom | Jul 17, 2010

Last weekend I was at the Brethren in Christ General Conference, serving as one of the delegates from Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ.  To catch some superb summaries of presentations and lots of pictures (including of Bible Quizzers) visit the conference blog at http://bic-church.org/gc2010/blog/

As for myself, it was a joy to get to know the Brethren in Christ more deeply, both on the level of vision/strategy and those from the Body of Christ who were present. Some personal highlights:

  • Connected with some "on-line" friends/conversationalists face-to-face for the first time.
  • Met a number of InterVarsity alum. 
  • Networked with several people who are interested in partnering with the Central PA Christian Scholars Network and who provided input regarding my work among scholars/health care professionals (on the ground and on-line). 
  • Heard an excellent presentation by John Spurrier, Brethren in Christ Medical Missionary who serves at Macha Missions Hospital, Zambia. Note: The day after General Conference, John & Esther Spurrier joined us at our home for a PSU-Hershey Christian Medical Society's Social ... by the time you read this John & Esther are back in Africa addressing a number of medical issues, including an aggressive AIDS prevention/treatment program.  
  • More on Spurrier's presentation, the dessert, and other topics to come.  For their prayer card, click here

Continuing to pray for God's transforming work among the Brethren in Christ over the course of the next two years.  Looking forward to the stories of God's transforming work which will be shared along the journey to and at General Conference 2012.  To God be the glory!

TCCA Connections -- Example of a small world & the work of God

Posted by tom | Jul 16, 2010

Steve Lane, Pastor of Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ, is en route with his family to teach for several weeks at the Theological College of Central Africa (TCCA, http://www.theologicaltraininginafrica.org/).  While at the Brethren in Christ General Conference (7/9-12), I had the opportunity to meet TCCA faculty Richard and Kathey Stuebin, http://www.theologicaltraininginafrica.org/staff.php.  One of the first things Richard shared with me was that he is an alum of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, who served with InterVarsity in the U.S. and later assisted with IFES. And as you can tell, the call to open up the Word and equip others continues. 

What a joy to meet Richard and Kathy, to hear their stories and to learn of how their passion for the Word has been passed on to their son who ministers with youth at Grantham Brethren in Christ!  A gift of God.  The Call of God.  That's why we love doing what we're doing as part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.*  Looking forward to some partnering with two generations of Stuebins in the coming months, years. ... To God be the glory! 

 

*As you may remember Steve is also an InterVarsity alum.  Both Steve and Richard received theological training at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the president of which will speak for the Central PA Christian Scholars Network on Sunday, September 26.  For information visit http://www.etownbic.org/hollinger.

Investing in the Lives of Scholars

Posted by tom | Jun 15, 2010

Thank-you to the many partners in ministry who invest their resources to enable me to give focused time and attention to the strategic, pioneering work of the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN).  You've all heard me share about ESN's growth in "identifying, encouraging, and equipping the next generation of Christian scholars who seek to be a redeeming influence within higher education" AND the amazing stories of of those whom I have had the opportunity to walk along with in the challenging academic journey. ... But to make sure I keep those who desire more specifics up-to-date, below's a teaser.  Note:  the full report (based upon our May 2010 member survey) will be available in mid-July.

ESN Members: 3,604 as of April 2010 (8.4% increase from June 2009).

ESN Blog for the last 30 days: 

  • 1,700 unique visits (42% increase from a year ago)
  • 2,795 page views (60% increase from a year ago)
  • Averaging 156 subscribers over past 30 days
  • A couple of quotes from our 2010 ESN member survey:
    • Graduate student: "[I have been] fed spiritually through the articles on the site."
    • InterVarsity staff: "An excellent resource to direct students and faculty to join!"
    • ESN Mentor: "I've been glad to be a mentor to younger, up-and-coming scholars."

What have I contributed to ESN since moving to South Central PA?

  • “In many ways, Tom Grosh’s ministry to students and faculty is a 'throwback' to the early days of InterVarsity, yet his vision always casts forward to the redeeming influence that Christians can have in the university. Through his visits to campuses throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland, his writings on discipleship of the mind, and his concern for the whole of the Christian life, Tom consistently brings a word from God to the students and faculty he encounters. His gifts of reflection and discernment, as well as his deep love for the people and ideas of the university, are a great benefit to the Emerging Scholars Network and InterVarsity.” -- Micheal Hickerson, Associate Director, ESN, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

PS.  If you haven't visited the ESN Blog recently, I'd encourage you to swing by to check out an interview of a follower of Christ engaged with higher education:

Martyrs Mirror Conference 2010

Posted by tom | Jun 9, 2010

The Martyrs Mirror Conference 2010 (Sponsored by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College) began yesterday evening with a presentation on “Thieleman Jansz van Braght (1625-1664): A Preliminary Study of His Life and Thought.”

"The conference, which commemorates the 350th anniversary of the Dutch first edition of Martyrs Mirror, features presentations on spirituality, stories of women, tranmission and reception of the book, and details of its publication, especially the Ephrata edition of 1748." -- http://www.etown.edu/YoungCenter.aspx?topic=Martyrs+Mirror+Conference+2010.

After a breakfast appointment, I'm looking forward to heading back to campus to learning more about the history, transmission, and significance of "Martyrs Mirror." AND those who give their life to research, write, and present on the history of the people of God.

As always, I'll take some notes and write some reflections for those interested, but unable to come.

IVCF/Groshes June Prayer Calendar

Posted by tom | Jun 2, 2010
Our June Prayer Calendar is posted at http://groshlink.net/gallery/1/10_June_Prayer_Calendar.pdf.  Please join us in prayer as we rejoice in a year of ministry, prepare for summer activities, and look for the Lord's provision in addressing our current support shortfall of $15,000.
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