Friday, January 30, 2009

44 US Presidents

Watch as all 44 presidents morph into each other. Set to Ravel's "Bolero" - put your volume up. Click here.

Professor Bible

Professor Bible teaches the children.

Interfaith Forum for Women

An Interfaith Forum for Women

When: February 14, 2009
Where: Nasir Mosque, 5120 N. 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

You are invited to join us for a panel discussion on the different beliefs and practices of our faiths.
For more information, please contact: Nusrat Rashid (484) 904-6695 or
Refreshments will be served. Tenth's contact is Dianne Kearney ( who will also be on the panel.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Seek the Peace of the City

“To share as neighbors and friends in the everyday experiences of life, to invest as neighbors and friends in the development of others is both the extension and the foundation of shalom. It means to reject—as individuals, families, and churches—withdrawing into privileged social and economic enclaves inside and outside the city. According to the imperative of Jeremiah, the task of faith is quite basic: ‘Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters. . . . Increase in number there; do not decrease’ (29:5–6). People of biblical faith are called to live in the city, to raise their families there, and to share in the struggle for life and the things that make for peace” (Mark R. Gornik, To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City, p. 115).

Urban Ministry Conference at Tenth Church

March 6–8,2009

Biblical Exposition

The annual Workshop on Biblical Exposition will be held next week, Wednesday through Friday. We are expecting about 40 pastors to attend. Along with large group presentations on how to exegete Scripture and sample sermons, we break into small groups to present sermon outlines and hone our skills. The whole workshop is basically an exercise in developing skills for expository preaching.

This year's focus will be apocalyptic scripture. By the way, Aaron Messner will be one of the speakers. He will preach February 8 and his family is coming up with him.

Batzig Ordination

Nick Batzig is to be ordained this Sunday evening at Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah. Phil will preach at the service. Nick will be a church planter for the church in the Richmond Hill area.

Welcome, Robert!

Bob and Karen Carpenter are pleased to announce the birth of Robert Carpenter III, January 23.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Philadelphia Meeting of Christians in Social Work—This Thursday!

January 29, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
10th Presbyterian Church, 1701 Delancey St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Our topic will be Human Trafficking in the US with special guest speaker Bridget Rooney of Catholic Social Services. Ms. Rooney will be sharing with us an overview of the topic as well as the current work Catholic Social Services is doing in the Philadelphia Area, including a new women's shelter in the city.

House for Sale

This house is pretty amazing, and it's for sale! See more details.

Free Booklets

I've just placed a stack of booklets in the Delancey Lobby written by James Boice and Donald Grey Barnhouse, as well as of old PCRT conferences. They are extra copies and free for the taking.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

More Information on the Urban Ministry Conference... available on Tenth's website-- just follow the link from the homepage. You can download a registration form and register now!

The Church and the City

A recent study done by The Brookings Institute states, “the more that churches are active in their communities, the lesser the neighborhood problems. The more children who attend Sunday School the lesser the crime rate.” The study recognizes that the Church, alone, has the solutions to urban problems. Nothing in this world is as important as eternal life through Jesus Christ. Our cities need Christ. Our city neighbors need Christ. Real solutions to the vast problem facing the cities must come from the Church.

The city is a most crucial place to minister. We need to love the city with the passion of Christ and win it to him. Our conference participants will share how Christ alone can transform persons and families, and neighborhoods, and how He, alone, can bring about confession, repentance, restoration and reconciliation. I hope you will be encouraged and challenged by this Conference to sincerely pray about What the Lord requires of you and that you, too, will be conformed into his image in order to think and act biblically in the city.
-David Apple

Urban Ministry Conference at Tenth
March 6-8, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

UMC Schedule and Details

Friday Night
6 pm Registration
7 pm Where We Are Today: the City, Evangelicalism, and
Global Church Growth (Mark Gornik)
8 pm Break
8:15 pm Engaging Your Neighborhood with the Gospel
(Steve Huber)
9:30 pm Jazz Coffeehouse: Randy Pendleton Trio

8 am Late Registration/Continental Breakfast
9 am Workshop 1
10 am Break
10:15 am Workshop 2
11:15 am Break
11:30 am Gospel-shaped Expectations in City Ministry
(Steve Huber)

9/11 am A Thousand Points of Light (Paul Tripp)
6:15 pm The Blessing of Being Provoked (Paul Tripp)

Workshops (each workshop will be offered during both sessions)

Practical Conversations about Living for Christ in the City
Dan Weidner, Janice Roberts, Jonathan Olsen
(Philadelphia Residents and Tenth Members)

Evangelism: Pastoring Others to Christ
Dr. John Leonard (pastor, Cresheim Valley Church)

Is Geneva Relevant for Philadelphia?: A Reformed Approach to Urban Ministry
Dr. Jeff Jue (professor, Westminster Theological Seminary)

Taking the Risk out of Mercy Ministry
Dr. David Apple (director of Mercy Ministry, Tenth Church)

Registration Costs
*Scholarships are available; please do not let cost be an issue
Individual $25.00
Couple $40.00
Family (children under 12 free) $60.00
Student Fee $10.00
(High School, College, Grad School)

● Pre-registration closes February 28; late registrations will be accepted at the door.
● No refunds will be given after February 21.
● Make checks payable to Tenth Presbyterian Church and note “Urban Ministry Conference” in the memo line. You may place your registration and payment in an envelope in the offering plate, the oak boxes in the Narthex, Anne Davies’ box in the mailroom, or mail to: Tenth Presbyterian Church, Attn: Urban Ministry Conference, 1701 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
● Questions? Please contact Anne Davies by email ( or by phone (215.735.7688 x243).

Room for Rent

Two Christian men are looking for a housemate to share a large 3-story row house in South Philadelphia. It is in a nice neighborhood in the 1400 block of S. 13th St, near stores and a park. Cost is $525 per month plus 1/3 of utilities. Contact Joe at for more information.