Responding to “The Challenge of Jesus”

The Story of God, The Story of Us by Sean Gladding (InterVarsity Press, 2010)

The Story of God, The Story of Us by Sean Gladding (InterVarsity Press, 2010)

"The Challenge of Jesus" by N.T. Wright (InterVarsity Press, 1999).

The Challenge of Jesus by N.T. Wright (InterVarsity Press, 1999).

At InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministry’s Following Christ ’98, N.T. Wright delivered a series of expositions which thanks to InterVarsity Press became The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was & Is (1999).* Due to publishing, these explorations of the text blessed not only conference attendees, but also many others. One such person is Sean Gladding. The Challenge of Jesus became “The soil from which The Story of God, the Story of Us sprang” (InterVarsity Press, 2010, 247).

Over the weekend Gladding spoke at a retreat for some ministry leaders of the Messiah College community and engaged in a discussion on “The Story of God, The Story of Us” — Across the Generations with friends at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church. Today and tomorrow, he’ll connect with faculty, friends, pastors, and students in South Central PA. As you begin this week of Lent, join us in asking together how we are part of God’s new creation in higher education — part of God’s reconciling work. To God be the glory!

*N.T. Wright is formerly bishop of Durham in England, now research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Audio of the expositions are posted here.

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Tom Grosh IV

Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the South Central PA Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). The Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine is the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry (D.Min., May 2019). To God be the glory!

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