Thursday, October 16, 2008

Preaching Advice

Mark Dever reminds preachers that they preach to the ignorant, to the doubter, and to the sinner. Whoever the person and whatever the case, here is what he says to give them.

CVC Concert

You are invited by Cresheim Valley Church to an outreach concert this Sunday, October 19 @ 3 p.m. Penta Voce, the Philadelphia Biblical University Faculty Woodwind Quintet, will be performing the first in a series of outreach concerts. Please invite friends and neighbors. The concert will be held at Chestnut Hill Academy Chapel (500 West Willow Grove Ave, but main entrance is on Springfield Ave).

What Is Real? Four Films about Truth, Reality, and Life in a Confusing World

The first annual Fall Film Festival begins tomorrow evening at 7 pm! It will be at the Ethical Society Building on the south side of Rittenhouse Square. Chris Simmons, the Executive Director of the Gospel & Culture Project, will lead discussion after each film. The schedule of films is as follows:
Memento Friday, 7 pm
Zelig Friday, 10 pm
Big Fish Saturday, 6 pm
Sixth Sense Saturday, 9 pm
Don't come alone-- please bring your friends and neighbors to this outreach event!

If you are interested in helping before, during, or after the event, please contact Anne at or x243.

Health Professional Conference

Susanna Linton has informed me of a missions conference for health professionals. You may contact her if you are interested in learning more or being part of the Philly group attending. As a group, you will receive free housing with members of the church, and a student registration (around $50) that includes meals and the whole conference. For more info about the conference, contact Susanna at or visit

Looking for Employment

Newly married and recently uprooted to Philadelphia, one of our new members, Sara Jane Horne, is in need of employment. Sara Jane has a BFA in textiles from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She also has substantial secretarial/administrative assistant and customer service experience. Any sort of work would be much appreciated though! To contact Sara Jane or for her resume, please email her at She can also be reached at (912) 257-8680. Thank you!

NL Champs!

Go Phillies! On to the World Series!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Prodigal Son

Over thirty years ago, Tim Keller heard Edmund Clowney preach a sermon on the "Prodigal Son." It changed the way Keller understood Christianity and is the inspiration of his soon to be released book, The Prodigal Son: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith. Click here for access to Clowney's sermon.

Philadelphia Marathon

The Philadelphia Marathon will be November 23. Here is the info about time and route.

AIDS Walks This Sunday

The Philly AIDS Walk is this Sunday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The best I can tell (the website doesn't give a route), the only areas affected are Eakins' Circle in front of the museum and MKL and Kelly Drives.

Capital Campaign Prayer List

This prayer list was sent by George McFarland to the "Band of Gideon" prayer team:

Pray for wisdom for the Implementation Committee as they seek direction for the projects
Pray for Frank Harder who is heading up the Implementation Committee
Pray for wisdom about the apprentice program to help train men for ministry in the inner city
Pray for wisdom about additional church plants
Pray for the world's economic crises that is affecting Global Outreach projects
Pray for the safety of the workers in the Catacombs Project
Pray that Tenth will be a witness to the workers/contractors in all the projects

Praise the Lord that he is ruling the nations and all the affairs of this world
Praise the Lord for the blessings of the new organ
Praise the Lord for the safety in the Catacombs so far

May the Lord bless each of you in supporting the Campaign through prayer. GMcFarland

Katherine Thorn's Funeral

Katherine Thorn's funeral will be held Tuesday, October 21, 10 a.m. in the chapel at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, 625 Robert Fulton Hwy (Rt. 222) Quarryville, PA 17566.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Vanity of Vanities

"I suppose you are right, Manny. This also is vanity and a striving after wind."

Housing Needed ASAP

Due to severe allergies, Dottie Boyes is in need of an immediate “safe” environment to move to ASAP. She is looking for temporary and/or possible permanent home in center city Philadelphia, preferably in Fairmount/Art Museum which is close enough to get to her doctors, but far enough away from major car exhaust. Requirements: Electric heat and stove, hard wood and/or tile floors, good ventilation. No mold, press board, pets or smoking.

Moral Intelligence

Parents obsess over their children's IQ. In 1997, Robert Coles wrote a book advocating interest in their "moral intelligence." He explains in this PBS interview...more

Kimberly Paterson Lang Lectures

Bob Lang sent me this info regarding an annual lecture series held in memory of Kim Paterson Lang:

Fourth Annual Dr. Kimberly K. Paterson Lang Lecture Series
HEALTHCARE IN THE USA: Disparities, Access
Where will the new administration take us?

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2008 • 7:30 A.M. ~ 12:30 P.M.

Richard C. Wender, M.D. Dr. David Barton Smith Mr. Scott Chadwick
Alumni Professor & Chair Center for Health Equality Director of Legislative Affairs,
Dept. of Family & Community Medicine School of Public Health PA Medical Society
Thomas Jefferson University / Drexel University Harrisburg, PA
Jefferson Medical College Philadelphia, PA

• Ways to reach more American with preventative services
• Healthcare proposals of the candidates and how they will affect disparities
• A look into the crystal ball -- What will really happen in the next four years in Healthcare in the USA and the Commonwealth of PA

Crozer-Chester Medical Center, James E. Clark Education Center
One Medical Center Blvd., Upland, PA 19013

Limited seating is available. All participants must pre-register. Registration deadline is
November 1, 2008. Registration materials will be distributed at a later date.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Monday, October 13, 2008


I've received yet another endorsement of Fireproof, the movie. Here is a website about it and other resources for marriages.

Childcare Needed at CLF

Christ Liberation Fellowship needs four folks to help with their children on a monthly basis during their Sunday school hour (11 to noon). They have just implemented a monthly small group time that will take place during the normal Sunday school time and want everyone in their church to participate in this important time of spiritual growth.

They have two classes (ages 6 to 12 and 5 and under) with usually between four and eight children per class. Also it need not be the same folks each month. Their next scheduled small group meeting is for Sunday November 9. If you can help, contact Lance Lewis via email at or the church (vm) 267-350-6456.

Plant Rights

Are genetically modified plants safe for human consumption? According to the Swiss, that's not the real question. What about the plants' dignity?...more

Katherine Thorn

We have received word that Katherine Thorn died this morning at the age of 101. We give thanks for her long life lived in faith and rejoice that she is with her Lord in glory. When we have more information, we will post them.


Pictures from last Saturday's Sparrows gathering.

Safe Arrival

Laura, Anita, and Joe made it to their destination safely and even early AND with all of their baggage!