Review: March Madness ’14, Reads, Opportunities . . .

ESN March Madness ’14 . . .

A quick ESN March Madness ’14 round between “Finding & keeping vocation” and “Realizing justice in action” followed by a face-off with “Diversity in higher ed” to see who goes to the finals to take on “Integrating faith & field” surprised me by starting with a tie in my own household. Hmm . . .

My wife has stuck to her position that “Realizing justice in action” is possibly the “most pressing issue for the Christian to engage when journeying in higher ed”. Do you agree? I’ll count the votes on Sunday night to begin the finals week. If you haven’t voted in ESN March Madness ’14 (and invited others to do likewise), now is the time to engage to make sure your vote is heard.

As I’ve shared before, this tourney is influencing our priority of focus as we prepare for Fall 2014. If you have a desire to address a particular topic or recommend a possible contributor (e.g., book to be reviewed, book reviewer, interview, offer a reflection), please let me know.

Must reads . . .

Below are a few pieces which really caught my attention, with lots more on ESN’s Facebook Wall 🙂 Please do not hesitate to share your must reads in the comments section below.

Michael Frost On His Book, Incarnate from InterVarsity Press on Vimeo.

  • Last week I gave attention to Mark Eckel‘s review of Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement (Michael Frost. InterVarsity Press, 2014) on his blog and some of the importance of conversation regarding the incarnation in our household, on campus, and in the seminary classes I’m taking. In follow-up:
    • InterVarsity Press interview of Michael Frost on Incarnate (also inserted above).
    • In this week’s seminary classes we discussed
      • “What is salvation?” for the second week in Survey of Christian Theology.
      • Philippians 2 in Biblical Hermeneutics. Note: I’m sure my paper on the “Christ Hymn” will lead to at least one blog post.
    • In case you didn’t notice, Mark Eckel’s Getting a “Big Head”?, first in a four part ESN blog series on The Marks of a Christian Scholar: A Vocational Description (Part One), was posted on Thursday. Yes, I am very excited to have Mark join the growing team of contributors to the ESN Blog!
  • “‘How does one educate a million village girls? One at a time.’ In this award-winning story, Priscilla Kelso shares her heart for girls growing up as she did, on an island in the Philippines, and her work to provide them with the education they need to move beyond the sugar cane field.” — The Well.
    • Comment: On Tuesday, When You Rise, Lift Someone Up With You  was posted as one of the winners of the “Call for Stories at ‘The Well’ (Women in the Academy & the Professions). What a powerful series reflecting the work of the Kingdom of God! I encourage you not only to read all the winners, but also to prayerfully consider with whom to share their encouragement and insights, e.g., family, friends, fellowship group members, Sunday school class, colleagues.
  • On the ESN Blog, I hope that you haven’t missed . . .


April 4-5: 4th Annual Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP) Consultation Conference: Love In The Academy? Love In The Profession? Do They Exist? Cambridge, MA. Registration: $75. I am hoping we are able to post some material from this gathering. I’ll be in touch with BSAP once the event wraps up.

The Ends and Goals of Higher Education in Twenty-First-Century America: Change and the Calling of the Christian Educator discussion group is ready to get started! As you probably know, this is tied to the March 2014 symposium with Dr. Santa J. Ono (president of the University of Cincinnati) and the upcoming 2014 Midwest Faculty Conference (June 21-27, Cedar Campus, Upper Peninsula, MI).

Below is Getting Personal on Twitter Pays Off for a College Leader — a Chronicle of Higher Ed video interview with Dr. Santa J. Ono. Note: The first part of the interview touches on why there are so few Asian-American college presidents in the United States. For more on this topic read his Chronicle piece: Why So Few Asians Are College Presidents (10/28/2013).

The Christian Schoolman’s Prayer

Dear Lord,

We purpose

Gratefulness for our opportunities, Appreciation for our giftedness;
Precision in our reading, Accuracy in our writing;
Understanding in our discussions, Humility in our knowledge;
Thoughtfulness in our answers; Sanctification in our learning;
Investment in our assignments; Godliness in our workmanship;
Discipleship in our relationships; Commitment to our mission;
Scholarship in our schoolwork; Cohesiveness in our worldview;
Increase for Jesus, Decrease for ourselves, Glory for our Lord.

May You make it so in us. Amen.[1]


  1. Mark Eckel, “The Christian Schoolman’s Prayer,” unpublished, 2006.
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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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