Vote: Round 1 ESN March Madness ’14 closes at midnight

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

Let the games begin!

The first round of ESN March Madness ’14 will close at midnight tonight (3/7). If you haven’t already done such, please cast your vote and encourage others to get their head in the game: Below are the stats (from my last peek) . . .

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!

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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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  • Tom Grosh IV commented on March 7, 2014 Reply

    Thank-you to “anon at Purdue U” who shared by email this important question regarding “highest valued authority source” (Note: I also added this question to ESN help me write, — please also join in the voting/commenting in this platform):

    How does or can an academic with integrity and without dodging into the fact-value dichotomy, radical perspectivalism, or imaginary unassailable and indefensible mystical “aha’s” determine where ultimate authority resides? Large themes with a significant impact on a genuine world view of Christian uniqueness seem regularly in stark contrast and at risk for the academic today as the new atheists have pointed out in vulgar caricature, examples without caricature include;

    Fall, Adam Eve Flood, in Law, Epistles, and Gospels and Jesus in the red letters, same with monogamous heterosexual marriage as creation intent and consummation analogous bliss, same with the existence of Satan and evil spirits…predictive prophecy, the full deity and full humanity of Jewish and global Messiah Jesus, the two phase literal coming of Christ 1st and 2nd coming… Even the substitutionary penal atonement (the cross) itself.

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