Friday, September 26, 2008


Here is a notice about John Padusis in today's Inquirer.

Chris Seah's Ordination

Chris Seah will be ordained during the Sunday evening service. Chris has served for a number of years in the Tenth International Fellowship ministry. He has accepted a pastorate at a church in him home city of Singapore and will be leaving the end of October.

Service for John Padusis

The memorial service for John Padusis will be held at Tenth Church Saturday morning at 11:00. There will be a time for meeting the family at 9:30 in Reception Hall, as well as a reception following the service. The family has directed for memorial gifts to go to Tenth Presbyterian Church, Capital Campaign.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Helping with Harvest!

Support the Harvest Crusade on October 3–5 by sponsoring a seat for $10. Visit and click on “sponsor a seat.” This is a practical and important way to help support this evangelistic event.

Onto the Road

Check out my new website "Onto the Road." The opening description on the home page gives you an idea of what it is about.

The title of this website and of this page is taken from a comment by Bilbo Baggins to his nephew Frodo: "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." This page is designed to be a portal into a larger world of articles from the internet. Treat it as a road you are walking along with trails that catch your attention and lead you from time to time to explore a bit. Not everything will be of interest to you, but then, you never know what trail you will follow when you click "more." I will update the articles typically one a weekday by adding to the top row. If you have one of interest, let me know ( and perhaps it will become another trail to follow.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Down to Earth Talk about Heaven (for Free!)

We have pamphlets explaining about and inviting people to the Harvest Crusade on October 3–5 at the Wachovia Center. There will be one in your bulletin on Sunday, but please pick up additional copies in the narthex or Delancey lobby to distribute to your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and anyone else who might come!

Elder, am I Saved?

Thursday night, I pick up the elder training again at 8:00 p.m. I will be discussing how to address a member's concern about his salvation. How do I know I am saved if I sin? Go to the webcast page on the church website to tune in.

How God Hallows His Name

Thanks for your prayers for my speaking at Westminster chapel. Check DMC Messages on the right hand column for the message.

Phil on the Air

An interview with Phil will be aired October 15, 10:00 a.m. and 8:p.m. on WBPH, a station in Reading.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Chapel Talk

Pray for me as I speak at Wednesday's chapel of Westminster Seminary. My topic given is "Hallowed be Thy Name." I'll be preaching on Ezekiel 36:20-32 and considering how God hallows his own name.

Tonight's Meetings

Pray for our elders, deacons, and deaconesses who hold their monthly meetings tonight at 6:30.

Monday, September 22, 2008

The King Has Come

James Boice's The King Has Come: The Real Message of Christmas, has been republished by Christian Focus Publications. It is a collection of Christmas sermons between 1983-1990.

E-vite Your Friends!

The Harvest Crusade is making it easy for you to invite your friends to this evangelism event on October 3, 4, and 5. Just visit to send out an e-vite to your unsaved friends.

Vanity of...

Hhmmm...Did anyone notice that the latest Capital Campaign Update featured a rendering of the "new women's vanity counter"? Maybe we should have a sign over the mirrors, "Vanity of Vanities"!

Schola Start

(I lifted this email sent from Schola Cantorum's director Missy Strong to her volunteer staff.)

Greetings to Everyone,

I just wanted to say thanks to all of you for making the first night of Schola a real success. We had at least 64 students, which is the largest attendance number we've had (at least according to my poor memory!) Considering we lost a few students from last year, I think it is wonderful that we had so many kids show up.

I thank the Lord for every one of you working with the kids. I know first hand how difficult it is when we all have such busy lives, so thanks for your time and faithfulness in serving God in this way. Thanks also to Marion & Pat for coming over, it's great to have you seeing what's going on & is an encouragement to the staff & students.

Paul Reese & I were remarking about how wonderful the new 2nd & 3rd graders sounded. We agreed that this is a direct result, at least in part, of the work that has started in Praisemakers. Kelly also had a great experience with the new 1st graders in training choir. She said that they not only behaved well, but they sounded beautiful. I get excited when I think of a new generation coming up in the church that can sing to the Lord with both competence & confidence, but I'm geeky like that :)

My continued prayers are with you, the students and all that God is doing through Praisemakers & Schola.


Free Tuesday Concert

Melissa Gilstrap gave me this heads up of a free Philadelphia Orchestra concert across from City Hall (Dilworth Plaza, 15th Street and JFK Blvd) this Tuesday, September 23, at 7:00 pm.

PROGRAM includes:
BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
MARQUEZ Danzon No. 2
COPLAND Hoe-Down from Four Dance Episodes from the ballet Rodeo
GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture

All seating is general admission, first come, first served. Tickets are not required. For more information and directions, visit or call 215.893.1988.
Please note that parking is NOT provided. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation and also to bring their own lawn chairs.

Tenth Runners

Paul Reimhold sent this in:

Congratulations to the Tenth Runners who completed the Philadelphia Distance Run this past weekend (half marathon / 13.1 miles)

Note: These are the runners I am aware of; there are probably others. Times are hours:minutes.

Tom Elliott 2:05
Jeff Hagen 1:22 (wow!)
Liz Kimberlin 2:03
Rebecca Saadeh 2:10
Sharon Skeel 1:58
Ted Voboril 1:47

Ted also has his sights on the Chicago Marathon October 12.

Phillips on Atonement

The Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green (PCUSA) is holding an event on the Atonement on Saturday, October 4 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. It's free, and will include free lunch and child care. Rick Phillips is the speaker. Bloomfield is about a 2-hour drive away from Philadelphia. Registration forms and further information is available at the church's website.

For further information, e-mail the church at or call the church office at (973) 743-1796.

Vertical Parking

We have come up with another Capital Campaign project. Our soon-to-be condo neighbor gave us the idea to solve our parking problems...more.

WOW Thanks

(I lifted this from an email Pat Canavan sent to summer Wide Open World volunteers, who presented the Global Outreach program to the children. They were Terri Taylor, Bethany Brooks, Dot Boersma, Joel Camenisch, Liz Mosebrook, Robin Petrongolo, Rose Esterly, Thom and Anne Lehman, Tim Gosselin, Anna Taylor, Ben Reimold, David Wynne, Steve Taylor, and Jesse Taylor.)

I wanted to thank all of you on behalf of the Session, Family Life, and Global Outreach for your good work with WOW this past summer. Not only did we have a higher attendance this summer, but we now have, after three years, a very solid foundation for an exciting summer program and a valuable education piece our kids do not fully encounter elsewhere in their time of growing up here at Tenth. All of you worked hard to impress upon the children the work God is doing around the world and the possibilities that exist for them to pray, support, and one day go out themselves.

I wanted to thank Terri Taylor in particular for her hard work in organizing each week, being such an encouragement to the other teachers, and creating a fun and varied atmosphere for the kids. I also wanted to thank Thom Lehman and others who worked so patiently on the (very successful) passport program.

I praise God for all your efforts in helping to raise a well informed, godly generation here at Tenth. I know the children will not remember every lesson you taught them, but I do pray that, among other things, they will remember you and will rise up one day to call you blessed.

CPR Training

Sam Thomas, a member of Tenth, has been invited to conduct Adult & Child CPR at Spruce Hill Academy in West Philly on October 10. Sam is an Authorized Provider of training through the Red Cross, and recently taught CPR on a short term mission trip to Colombia from Tenth this summer. There are 10 Spruce Hill staff members in the class who are eager to learn this life-saving skill. Contact Sam at