Round 2 ESN March Madness ’14 Opens

What is the most pressing issue for the Christian to engage when journeying in higher ed?

Let the games begin!

Any surprises as we dive into the second round of ESN March Madness ’14?  Honestly my wife and I both expected a stronger showing from Theology and Nature, of course that could be our undergraduate studies in (and continuing interest in) the sciences. How about what must be the gut wrenching practical concerns of Pluralism and tolerance and Integrating faith & field as they defeated Discerning the truth and Scripture in academia? Upon a little more reflection, “the teams” in these categories are closer in the area they cover than my initial impression. They speak to the larger issue of authority — mentioned by several as what they consider the most pressing issue for the Christian to engage when journeying in higher ed (or any other place for that matter). What do you think, a dark horse candidate to bring in as a challenger to the winner of this tourney (like the Champion of the NIT or NAIA coming in to face off against the NCAA Champion)? Yes, I am liking this Saturday morning brainstorm 🙂

Please do not forget that as with The Best Christian Book of All Time, this is an attempt to provide an engaging venue to refine our thoughts and interactions, not to declare “final winners/losers” (or answers). I narrowed the field to a Sweet Sixteen with double elimination and a variety of venues for commenting/input to enable us to grow as a learning community — to sharpen the focus of what the Emerging Scholars Network will be addressing in the coming weeks, months. . . . Please become part of the team and invite others to “get their head in the game” too — To God be the glory!

PS. As I have shared previously, please do not hesitate to share your responses to the trends by using . . .

  • the comments feature on relevant blog posts and on the ESN blog pages which share more about each of the brackets
  • the discussion page on the tourney site.
    • Where I learned about this excellent reflection: On Books, March Madness and Biblical Study (Fresh Read: Listening to the Biblical Text. 3/6/2014). Influence/change the way you cast your vote?
    • I am hoping to come across more posts such as On Books, March Madness and Biblical Study as we get into the thick of the tourney. If you post on the tourney (e.g., blog, Pinterest, open group on Facebook, Twitter, etc.), please drop me a line so I don’t miss the action 🙂 Thank-you 

PPS. To learn about the inspiration of ESN March Madness ’14, swing by The Challenge of ESN’s March MadnessTo offer direct input on particular future topics for consideration on the blog, become part of the mix at the newly formed ESN help me write. To God be the glory!

Tournament Bracket

ESN March Madness ’13 crowned Confessions by Augustine as the best Christian book of ALL TIME: ! (Click for a larger image, or download a PDF for posterity.)

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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 to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!

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