Friday, October 10, 2008

Here are more details about the filming

Sparrows can watch the skies for this when they come to hear Arlita Winston on Saturday!

Saturday, October 11, Ring of Fire Productions will be filming movie scenes on and around building rooftops in the vicinity of 16th and Market Sts. The scenes involve the use of at least 2 helicopters, which will be hovering over the buildings (primarily 1600 Market Street), and stunt men acting as SWAT agents. The agents will be suspended from the aircraft and will be shooting blanks throughout the day, starting at 5:00 AM until approximately 3:00 PM.

These helicopters will be outfitted with film cameras and marked with FBI insignia. This is being coordinated with the Philadelphia Police Department, the Managing Director's Office, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Please make note that this is only a film production.

This notification came from ReadyNotifyPA, where you also can sign up for alerts for traffic delays that might cause you problems on Sundays (information about this is also on Tenth's home page).

Film Shoot Saturday

Joe Brydges sent this in:

Please help spread the word especially to our CC Residents.

There will be a film shoot in the area of 16th and Market on Saturday Morning from 5 AM to 3 PM. Helicopters with FBI and SWAT agents will be firing blanks in the area. Do not be alarmed this is only a film shoot.

Info sent by

CE&P Bookstore

Our denomination has an online bookstore. Check it out at

Onto the Road

I know I'm shameless, but check out my new website Onto the Road (right hand column) for a wide-range of articles, poems, scripture, and other bits of literature. Today I just posted an article by a feminist ready to settle for Mr. Good Enough.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

A Time to Listen (to Children)

David Smith sent this in to me:

A prayer request and praise: My mom, who will be 72 Nov. 3 is in very poor health and does not appear to have much longer to live. Tonight, we told Gresham (7) and Isaac (4) that we are going to see grandma this weekend, because she is sick and not likely to get better. After clarifying with them that this meant grandma was likely to die soon, Gresham's response was: "It's just like pastor Ryken said, God has a time for everything." Young ears are listening, and can make sense of what is said from our pulpit.

Man in the Mirror

Here is a website for Man in the Mirror, a ministry endorsed by the PCA. Good resources for men.

Iglesia Reformada

Note a new link under "Other Links" on right hand column for Iglesia Reformada Presbiteriana. This is the church building a children's home and school in Santa Marta that we are supporting. One of our Tenth members, Kaya Casper is building the website.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008



Foray n. A venture or an initial attempt especially outside one's usual area.

Dr. Chris Simmons
Jesus Watching Mad Men: a gospel model for understanding television, film and cyberculture spectatorship

Dr. Diane Langberg & Dr. David Powlison
Lessons from a Genocide: the gospel and healing in Rwanda, with a screening of the Academy award-winning documentary, As We Forgive, followed by extended discussion

Forays are held at the Spruce Hill Christian School auditorium at the corner of 42nd & Baltimore in University City, Philadelphia. Light nourishment and beverages provided.


Chris Simmons is Executive Director of The Gospel & Culture Project. He holds an MDiv from Westminster Seminary, an M.A. in cinema studies from NYU and a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. Before joining the GCP, he created and directed the program in film and digital media at Messiah College, Grantham, PA.

Diane Langberg is a practicing psychologist, speaker and author, who has worked with trauma survivors and clergy for more than thirty years. She is director of Diane Langberg & Associates in suburban Philadelphia. She also has spent much of the last year working with genocide survivors in Rwanda.

David Powlison is an author and speaker who has counseled for more than thirty years. He is on faculty at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Glenside and is the editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. He holds an MDiv from Westminster Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Gospel & Culture Project is a Philadelphia-based, Christian non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and equip believers to apply their faith to key questions in contemporary culture.

Besides Foray, the GCP’s initiatives include Word Meets World, an in-church training seminar that equips believers to be everyday theologians;, our online community which will go-live in October; and The School for Cultural Engagement, a graduate school of theology geared to meet the needs of laypeople and those entering professional ministry.

Dr. William Edgar, GCP director and Westminster Seminary Professor of Apologetics, built the GCP on the foundation of redemptive-historical theology and commitment to cultural engagement practiced by Harvie Conn, Abraham Kuyper and Francis Schaeffer, among others.

The Gospel & Culture Project, Box 27100, Philadelphia, PA 19118
215-717-7125 / 610-279-0208

Housing Need

Vic Ellison sent this in to me:

Wycliffe missionary Carrie Taylor needs to find a place to live in Western Delaware County or Eastern Chester County within a month or two. She wants a "mother in law" apartment at low cost, rather than a commercial apartment building. This is a long-term need, not furlough. Please put out the word. If you hear of a possibility, please contact her at the number below. Thanks!
Carrie Taylor, Lancaster, PA 17584 OFFICE (9 AM- 5 PM) 717-464-5489, ext. 228. (Please leave a voice mail and contact info.)"


I just received this email from presbytery. Looks like Tenth is having a special service.

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.

I write to invite you and your congregation to attend the ninth annual Reformation Hymn Festival at Tenth Presbyterian Church, 17th and Spruce Streets, on Sunday, October 26, at 6:15 pm. Our purpose is to glorify God through a rich experience of corporate worship, highlighting a central theme which will serve as the focus of our preaching and congregational singing.

This year we welcome Dr. Bryan Chapell from Covenant Theological Seminary to preach on "Rewired by the Gospel." The Westminster Brass, the Tenth Church Choir, and Dr. Paul Jones will all participate in the service.

We understand, of course, that you may have your own evening service. But if you do not have a regular Sunday evening service, or if you would like to worship with us that night, please invite your congregation to join us for an evening of singing and preaching to the glory of God. Posters with the relevant details will be available soon, and we will send some copies so you can share this information with your congregation.

May the Lord bless you in your ministry of the Word.

In Christ's service,
Philip G. Ryken
Senior Minister

Hhmm... I think I'll go.

Sparrows Saturday

All women, teens and girls ages five years old and up are invited to the Sparrows fall kick-off this Saturday, October 11 in the Catacombs. We'll be meeting from 1:00-3:00.

Our devotional speaker will be Arlita Winston. Arlita will be sharing memories and slides of growing up in the jungles of Sumatra, Indonesia with her missionary parents. Her recently published book about her parents called "Heart-Cry" will be available for purchase. The paperback is $15, a hardback is $22. All proceeds go towards the support of a Christian pastor working with the Kabu tribes in Sumatra.

Our craft that day will be learning stick weaving (but we'll be using straws!). Refreshments will be provided! You do not need to preregister for this event, but if you have any questions you may contact Dori at

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Fresh Start

Church of the Saviour is sponsoring a Fresh Start seminar for individuals who have gone through divorce or separation. It will be held October 17-18. Detailed information, online registration, or registration forms can be obtained at the church's website.

Short-Term Trip

Pray for Anita, Joe, and Laura who leave for South Asia this Thursday for a short-term trip.

CCC Retreat

City College and Career is having their Fall retreat this weekend. They are heading to Refreshing Mountain in Ephrata. John Leonard will speak on "Pastoring Others to Christ: A Different Kind of Evangelism."

Monday, October 06, 2008

Billy Graham

I just sent a greeting to Billy Graham for his 90th birthday coming up November 7. You can do the same here. I told him of how I walked down the aisle at his Charlotte crusade April 9, 1972.

Carpool Request

A Tenth member is looking to carpool (he can drive on Friday; needs ride on Saturday) to the Princeton Conference on Reformed Theology, October 31-November 1. Email me ( if you are interested.

Phillies Fans

Finally I am seeing Phillies hats and shirts in town. Just a reminder, I was wearing my hat before the playoff series began, not waiting until after we won.

But now I am having to endure Jonathan Olsen sending email in "Phillie" red color.

South Street Bridge

This news alert from Penn to its students was sent to me:

The City of Philadelphia has announced that the South Street Bridge will close for reconstruction before the end of 2008. The closure will have considerable impact on accessing the University and the Health System and most likely lead to increased traffic congestion on and around campus. As a result, the University is urging all faculty, staff and students to begin making a plan for commuting to and from campus during the 24-month reconstruction. The University has undertaken a number of initiatives to help you prepare for the Bridge closure including the following:
- South Street Bridge Website: Visit: for updates on the Bridge construction, maps of campus, recommended detours and other information about the impact of the Bridge closing on campus as well as University benefits for those who use public transit.
- Help Planning Your Commute: Penn is sponsoring a Commuter Fair designed to help you find alternatives to driving to campus as well as make your commute more affordable and sustainable. Representatives from all local transportation providers will be on hand to help you plan your route. Two sessions are scheduled:
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7
Hall of Flags
Houston Hall
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8
Ravdin Mezzanine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

As the City releases more project details, updates will be provided on the website. For general questions about the South Street Bridge Project, you can also email: