January 2016: Most Visited ESN Blog Posts

urbana-2015-liveblog-teamThank-you to the Emerging Scholars Network’s Urbana Liveblog Team for enabling our online ministry not only to finish 2015 strong, but also to begin the new year with a strong, missional vision! For a summary of their posts visit 15 Posts on Mission, Justice, and the University from Urbana 2015, a few more (completed after this post) can be found under the Urbana tag (with other good material from not only Urbana15, but also several of the earlier Urbanas). 

Furthermore, what a joy to hear the growing appreciation for Scholar’s Compass: a devotional for academics, by academics at the Urbana Student Missions Conference and elsewhere. Over the past several months we have received requests for sharing the material not only from friends in the the United States, but also friends in engaged in higher education across the globe. What is so refreshing about these devotionals?

  1. They explore how academic callings and spiritual lives can intertwine.
  2. They show how God is at work in us in our everyday lives in the university.
  3. They share the stories of believers at work in different places, disciplines, and historical times.

Not wanting you to miss the opportunity to read and bless others with This Month’s Most Visited Posts (and I pray that they are not only Visited, but also Read), I’ve included them below. As time permits, I encourage you not only to enjoy/share the wealth of the blog, but also to join the steady stream of people by . . .

Stay tuned. More on ESN in 2016 is coming soon.

To God be the glory!

Top Five this Month

  1. Finding a Postdoc in the Sciences: Nailing the Interview by Kelly Seaton
  2. 15 Posts on Mission, Justice, and the University from Urbana 2015 by Nathan Matias
  3. The Secular Academy as a Mission Field: Urbana Panel Discussion by Nathan Matias
  4. Scholar’s Call: A Theologian Praying by 
  5. Book Review: A Change of Heart, by Thomas Oden by 

Bonus: Top Five over the Course of the Past Year . . .

  1. Finding a Postdoc in the Sciences: Nailing the Interview by Kelly Seaton
  2. Advent Awakening: How The Story of the Wise Men Can Transform Our Worship Once Again (Scholar’s Compass) by 
  3. Writing a Christian Personal Statement by 
  4. Henri Nouwen: From Loneliness to Solitude by 
  5. What I Wish I’d Known About Graduate School: Surviving the Workload by


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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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