Saturday, June 28, 2008

Coffee House Show

Check out these photos of the June 15 Coffee House, courtesy of Sam Thomas.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Will This Be on the Test?

Professor Ryken's class schedule at Regent College:

Class Outline
July 14: A Biblical and Practical Defense of Expositional Preaching
July 15: Finding the Melodic Line in Exodus
July 16: Defining Expository Preaching
July 17: Expositional Structure for Preaching Biblical Narrative
July 18: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures
July 21: Preaching Christ from the Tabernacle
July 22: Applying Old Testament Narrative
July 23: Preaching Christ from the Prophet Jeremiah
July 24: Preaching and Applying the Gospel from the Story of Solomon
July 25: Why the Church Needs the Old Testament

Pray for Peshawar

We received this from friends in Pakistan:

"Conditions in Peshawar have now reached the point where we are inviting you to join in a day of prayer and fasting for the city. Around Peshawar, both in the tribal area as well as the settled areas, Taliban and their kind have been steadily establishing their control without any real resistance by the government. As we speak, they are knocking on the gates of the city, and everyone is afraid of the city falling to them very soon. The worst part of this seems to be that the government, including the military and the elected officials, aren't doing anything to stop the progress of the militants. Some people even feel that the government has decided to let the militants take the city.

"Seeing the seriousness of this situation, we have no other way to go but to the Lord in prayer. We will fast and pray for Peshawar on Friday, June 27th. Here are some points for prayer:
  • For God's mercy on this city, which is already suffering from so many problems like lack of water, electricity, flour, and huge increases in the cost of living.
  • For the authorities of Peshawar to take a firm stand to defend the city and it's inhabitants from invasion and takeover by outside forces who would impose their own version of Shariat Law.
  • For those who would take the city to be thrown into confusion and division amongst themselves
  • For the Christian community to stand together and unite in prayer and support for those in authority
  • For a spirit of trust and assurance that the Lord will take care of us and not for a spirit of fear.
  • For safety for all of us here in the midst of uncertain times."

New Help for Passport Holders

Want to learn that song your child's been humming since Sunday night? We have just posted the long promised MP3 files and lyrics on the church web site. Now you too can sing the Doxology in Turkish or join in the praise song of the Akan people of Ghana. Can you guess which Tenth members are singing?

A Story in the City

Most of us have stories of failures, trials, pain and suffering. It is for those of us, the majority, that I share my story full of challenges and lessons learned...more

Keeping Up with Dad

Paul Reimold reports he shaved 12 minutes off his triathlon race last week. Now he's preparing for a mile swim in the Atlantic Ocean. Instead of his kids talking sense into him, they are enabling this crazy behavior. Ben assisted his father in the triathlon, and Abi will join him for the swim! Where is the wife and mother to provide order in this home?

Available for Pick-Up

Erna Goulding ( has the following available to anyone who can pick up (in Trenton, NJ)...

1. Twin bed frames (no mattresses).

2. Bike: Columbia Tourist; green frame, male/24 inch wheel/5 speed; 20 inch frame/all purpose tires (probably need replacing); generator and light/rack over rear wheel

3. Tan monitor; "View Sonic" is on upper left front; 16 inches from front to back; diagonal measure 16 inches/side to side 12 1/2 inches

Thursday, June 26, 2008

AE Learning Centre

Here’s a link to African Enterprise’s Learning Centre. This is Michael Cassidy's work. The Learning Centre is one of our substantial Capital Campaign projects, and most of Dr. Boice's personal library is donated to the Centre.

Philly Skyline

Check out photos of construction projects around center city.

Birthday Girl

We are celebrating Nancy Hala's birthday today.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Frequent Flyer Miles to Share?

The daughter of one of our global partners, Sarah, needs a ticket from Chicago back to the east coast around the 17 or 18th of July. She is going to be visiting Moody Bible College as a strong possibility for her to attend when she graduates next year. Anyone interested in donating frequent flyer miles, please contact Liz Mosebrook.


That's the number of kids attending WOW (Wide Open World) last Sunday evening. What are they doing down there?


Amy Carpenter made me aware of this website through her newsletter. Check out to find out how walkable your neighborhood is. My neighborhood scored an 82.


This piece was produced by Coz Crosscombe in Philadelphia. It interviews a handful of young people in Northeast Philly about their lives, memories, and fears.

A Time to Speak

Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

That makes me think of Phil's preaching, I mean what he will be preaching on - Ecclesiastes. Look for the series to begin in the fall. Hear our Preacher consider the Preacher of Ecclesiastes as he considers "wisdom and madness and folly."

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Rock of Israel

Fred Klett sent this in:

Rock of Israel Mission Church invites you to attend a special service where after seven years of service, Rev. Ilya Lizorkin will be sent off to Israel to continue his ministry there for the period of two years. This worship service will be held at Bethesda Presbyterian Church located at 808 Red Lion Rd. Phila., PA 19115 (between Bustleton Ave. and Verree Rd. in North East) on Friday, June 27, 7:30 PM.

Sarah Riggs

Congratulations to Tenth member Sarah Riggs who graduated from City Center Academy and received the Renee S. MacFadyen Memorial Scholarship, given to the graduating twelfth grade student who, in the eyes of the faculty, best exemplifies the characteristics of biblical behavior.

Monday, June 23, 2008

CCEF Conference

Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) Announces
2008 Annual Conference - The Addict in Us All

Addiction sounds ominous, and it is. Addictions to drugs, alcohol, and gambling tear families apart and ruin lives. But this conference is about more than the junkie scoring dope or the alcoholic hiding vodka around the house. Even the average person gets stuck in negative behavior patterns. Overeating, shopping, sexual temptation, people’s approval, even love…everyone struggles with something. And everyone faces moments of despair and thinking that change is not possible.

Is it possible to change longstanding behavior patterns? The faculty and counselors at CCEF believe that God can change the despairing and the stuck—no matter what they are struggling with. CCEF’s 2008 Annual Conference “The Addict in Us All” slated for November 14-16, 2008 at the Valley Forge Convention Center and November 13 Pre-Conference hopes to accurately represent what God says to stuck people and those who want to help them.

Keynote CCEF speakers and noted authors Drs. Ed Welch, David Powlison, and Tim Lane, along with Mars Hill Church Senior Pastor/ best selling author Mark Driscoll will lead the weekend to explore how God pursues those who have given up all hope for change. A team of experienced biblical counselors, including CCEF faculty, Dr. Mike Emlet and Winston Smith, will lead general sessions and special sessions on topics that include Addicted to “Yes”: The Approval Junkie; Addicted to Love; Teens and Addiction; and This Is Your Brain on Drugs.

For registration visit and click on “Annual Conference” or call 1-800-318-2186

Looking for Housing

Members of Grace Presbyterian (PCA) in Dover are looking for housing in Philly for their daughter who will be moving here in August to attend graduate school at Drexel (classes at Hahnemann Hospital). She and 3 roommates are looking for a 4 bedroom apt./house, close to mass transit, in a "safe" neighborhood, within the city. Any advice about where to look, or help in any way would be appreciated! Please contact Dave and Becky.

Welcome, Titus!

Titus Alexander Messner arrived safely at 8:20 a.m. this morning, weighing 8 lbs 4 oz and is 3' 21" long. (Just kidding! He's only 21".) Nathan, Micah, and Ilsa have already held him.

Crab Feast

Vince "The Crabman" Spragins is rounding up a group of folks to head down to Aberdeen, MD to indulge in all-you-can-eat Maryland Steamed Crabs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, etc., while enjoying good fellowship in the "Party Pavillion" of the Aberdeen IronBirds baseball stadium. The date is August 27, game time 7:05 p.m. Cost is $42 per person. If interested, contact Vince at or 610-283-8853.

Picnic Softball

Phil "Swing Away" Ryken awaits the pitch.

Pat "Mr. Spit Ball" Canavan prepares to deliver.

The spectators, Vince "Laidback" Spragins and Mr. Phil, watch with breathless excitement.

Changing Hearts, Changing Lives Course

Joe Welch sent this in:

Are you interested in becoming better equipped to do personal ministry? Would you like to learn more about what it means to be an ambassador for Christ in your daily life? How would you like to study these things with a small community of urban ministry minded brothers and sisters in Christ? For the third year in a row, the Philadelphia Access Center will be hosting the course "Changing Hearts, Changing Lives." Tenth member Joe Welch will be facilitating the course.

The course will begin on September 6 and conclude on December 13, a 13 week commitment. We will meet every Saturday morning from 9:30 till 11:30 at the Philadelphia Access Center, 11th and Mifflin Streets, in South Philly, with the exceptions of November 15 and 29. The cost for the course is $35 and includes a workbook. If you have any questions or would like to register for the course, call PAC at 215 389-1985 or email

The registration deadline is August 29. Seating is limited so please register as soon as possible.
This course (developed by CCEF) will not only better equip you to be one of God's instruments of change in the lives of others, but by His grace your heart will be changed in the process as well.

Summer Ministry

"Anybody who wants pizza, come up front." No, that's not the real reason for the mass of young people standing up front in the sanctuary. These are the Tenth and Northern Ireland young people involved in at least one of the six ministry projects this summer in and outside of Philadelphia. As of today, many are in West Philadelphia at Spruce Hill Christian School, conducting Vacation Bible School for two weeks.