Friday, February 08, 2008

Hillsdale Inquiry

Samuel Matej sent this request in:

Has anybody from our church or from the Christian community close (spiritually) to ours attended the Hillsdale College in Michigan? We would like to learn especially about the Hillsdale's spiritual atmosphere, their commitment to (teaching) the Christian values, opportunities for the spiritual growth, and if (and how) the students are being helped to understand their field of study from the biblical perspective. I can be reached at 610-328-1651,

Band of Brothers

Luke Urish sent this in:

Any men desiring to grow in Christ through an intentional commitment to deeper and more meaningful relationships with other brothers are invited to a time of prayer and fellowship on Monday (11 Feb) at 8pm at 2223 Fitzwater. We believe God has called us as brothers to make a more committed, intentional investment in each other’s lives; so this invitation is for those seeking to honor God through discipleship, fellowship, prayer, and accountability. It is our hope and prayer that God will stir in our hearts a stronger desire and passion for serving Him and a greater willingness to sacrifice our time, resources, and energy for the glory of God and the edification of His body. We seek to grow together in godliness through honesty, trust, humility, love, purity, and faithfulness pursuing the lives God has called us to live—at home, in our neighborhoods, at work and wherever else He calls us.

We are excited that God has called us to this place (Philadelphia), as His people for such a time as this. Please join us if you share our desire to grow together as the body of Christ by learning to better serve each other, our families, our communities, and the world with a Christ-centered, Kingdom-minded focus.

If you have any questions, please contact Luke Urish (609-234-8238 or or Craig Wieder (215-704-8383 or

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

Esperanza positions available

Esperanza Health Center, a Christian community health center supported by Tenth that serves the primarily Latino communities of North Philadelphia, is now hiring in a number of areas, including the following positions:

Registered Nurse
Medical Assistant
Dental Hygienist
Social Worker

More information about each of these job openings is available on Tenth’s employment opportunities bulletin board, or on the Esperanza Health Center website,, under “Opportunities”. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please contact Richard Rohrer, Director of Human Resources, at (215) 807-8616 or at


The Workshop on Biblical Exposition wraps up this morning. Any minister or candidate for the ministry, take note that we hold these workshops annually the first week in February. If you want to receive an invitation for next year, send a request to Anne Davies at

By the way, David Helm, who is leading this year's workshop and is Executive Director of Simeon Trust, is a weekly reader of this blog. Hi David! Check out the Charles Simeon Trust website.

Phil in Wheaton

Phil has slipped away to Wheaton. He is attending college board meetings. He plans to be back with us for worship Sunday morning.


The Philadelphia Presbytery meets tomorrow at the New Life Glenside Church. It will be the first meeting of the two year old presbytery that I do not moderate. Steve Smallman will be taking that position. Steve is a retired pastor who is also serving as the new Dean of Students at Westminster, the position that Jerry McFarland filled.

Koop Donation

It was announced last Sunday that Dr. C. Everett Koop is donating funds for the new digital organ. For more information, check out the latest posting at the Capital Campaign blogsite (see righthand column link).

Thursday, February 07, 2008

More Than a Nanny!

We are looking for a Nanny/Mother’s Helper that will enjoy taking care of our son as much as we do! We need help on Monday 6:30am-4:30pm and Wednesday 6:30am – 4:30pm. Our son is 4 ½ months old. Are you a non-smoker, have your own transportation, good references, willing to have PA child abuse clearance and FBI background check? We are offering a competitive salary and need someone beginning the end of February or first of March. We are looking forward to talking with you.

Call 205(not 215)915-9275 Located/ Center City

Peter and Emily Goodwin

Of Melodies

I'm sneaking to the blog between events at the preaching workshop. Just led a small group discussion of two passages in Sermon on the Mount. Sarah Childress is leading the men in singing right now. Phil is about to give a large group presentation on "Melodic Line: Lessons from 1 Kings." The melodic line is the theme running through a book. Got to run before I am missed!

Sunday Morning Coming

Sunday morning hymns:
302 - Come, Christians, Join to Sing
170 - Fairest Lord Jesus
523 - My Hope Is in the Lord

Paul Tripp is preaching on Ephesians 1:15-23, "Eyes Wide Open."

We return to Psalm 1 for our Responsive Reading.

How long does it take to go through Psalms? We began the last run the first Sunday in 2004.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

WBE Report

I am taking a quick break from our conference, the Workshop on Biblical Exposition. We have had a good start of 46 attendees. The structure is a series of instruction on principles of preparation, preaching modelled, and small group gatherings in which every participant presents sermon outlines of assigned passages. It is a good exercise in iron sharpening iron and encouragement. This will run through Friday noon.

Matching Contributions

Paul Reimold sends this tip:

My employer (Wyeth) matches employee contributions to Esperanza. Wyeth has a program that will match employee gifts to hospitals and educational institutions fifty cents for every dollor donated by employees. I encourage others to investigate whether their employers offer a similar program that could benefit Esperanza or CCA/Spruce Hill.

CCC on Proverbs

The City College and Career site has a Proverbs blog. You can see what is being taught at their Sunday meetings. Click their site link on the right. When you get to the site, click "What We Are Thinking."

Children's Participation

Check the Capital Campaign blog (right column link) for update on the children's involvement in the campaign.

Praying Tours

February 17 will feature “Praying Tours” immediately following the 11 am service. These brief 30-minute gatherings will enable you to learn more about the campaign projects and lift them up in prayer. These will be held three Sundays (2/17, 3/2, 4/6). You can choose from one of six projects, each led by a pastoral staff person and elder and other knowledgeable person.

1. Facility Improvements - meet in the Catacombs
2. Digital organ - meet in the choir loft
3. Property Acquisition - meet at 18th Street Amen Pews
4. Elevator - meet at nursery off Reception Hall
5. Global Outreach - meet in 1West off Delancey lobby
6. Church Planting - meet in 2West, second floor of Delancey

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Christ, Culture, and Cassidy

This morning I found an insightful, helpful article on being the church of Christ in the culture in which we live. The author? Our own global partner Dr. Michael Cassidy, who spoke at our recent Global Outreach Conference.

To read more about it, click here.

Reason for God

In conjunction with the Westminster Bookstore, Tim Keller will be discussing his new book, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, on Tuesday, March 11, from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Academy of Natural Sciences at the U. of Penn. For a review of the book, click here for a review from Publishers' Weekly and here for Keller's own remarks.

The Men's Fraternity

Ed Gross, pastor of Pilgrim Church in Manayunk sent this notice:

THE MEN'S FRATERNITY series will begin to be shown at Pilgrim Church Tuesday Feb 12th at 6 PM. We encourage male church leaders to experience this helpful series in "Discovering Authentic Manhood" for a couple of weeks and then bring it to your church! Reverse the confusion and resulting destruction that is being caused by men not understanding biblical manhood and refusing to take the lead where God has placed them. Cost is only $10 for the 24-week workbook and a couple bucks for pizza. For info call Ed Gross at his home (215) 482-1139.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Get the News

Boy, did I get embarrassed at the executive committee for the capital campaign this morning. "What, you haven't read Dori Bagg's article?" I racked my mind. Did Dori write the Tenth Press article?

"Didn't you get the email alert of the posting on the capital campaign blogsite?"

"You mean, you have not signed up for it?"

I am now signed up! It is quite easy to do. Go to the Capital Campaign blog (right hand column link). You'll see an invitation to get email notices. The whole process takes 10 seconds. They plan to update the sight 3-5 times a week, so you don't have to worry about getting inundated with email, and you will know when to check the blog.

So check out Dori's excellent article now on why children should be included in the campaign.

Sunday Numbers

For a Super Bowl Sunday, we didn't do too bad: 346 in evening worship (only a 50 drop compared to January and an increase of 50 over last year's average). We had 122 show up for the Narnia presentation after the service.

Nanny Needed

My husband Julius and I are members at Tenth, and are expecting our first child in April. In preparation for our baby we are looking to find a nanny, preferably someone who speaks Korean, who can come to our home in Voorhees, NJ, Mon-Fri. Please feel free to contact me or my husband via email or phone 610-657-5003/609-781-0950.

Kristin Kinsler

An Engaging Week

Is something spreading?

Lauren Tetrault and Dan Skiff were engaged Wednesday.

Robert Polen and Jennifer Barnett were engaged Friday.