Thursday, July 09, 2009

Welcome, Bobbie Jane!

Megan and Andy Owens are pleased to announce the birth of Bobbie Jane (short for Barbara), born on Thursday, July 9, at 10:36 weighing 7lbs. 4 oz.

Nathaniel Joel Plut

Nathanael Joel Plut meditating on the providence of God: "A minivan, God?"

Providence Sermon

My sermon on providence is now available on sermonaudio, as well as in manuscript.

The Male and Female Brains

A scientific analysis of the male and the female brains.

Charm Jewelry Design Show and Exhibition

Save The Date
International Charm Jewelry Design Show and Exhibition

Please join Studio47West, a Tenth member business, for their upcoming "International Charm Jewelry Design Show and Exhibition"- to be held at Penn State Brandywine, in Media, PA. The show will feature one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry inspired by a recent trip to Spain and Morocco. The International Charm exhibition is Lindley's (Robert Jones' youngest daughter) capstone thesis, which is required by all honors students. Please support her and her efforts to finish her college career strongly.
For more information, visit
Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009
Time: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A Free Event.
Place: Penn State Brandywine
Tomezko Lounge
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Female Roommate Needed

Christian female housemate wanted to share a three-story home with three other young professional women who are actively involved at Tenth.
  • It's a great house--built in 2007 with hardwood floors, granite countertops, washer/dryer, security system, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, basement, and garage.
  • It's a great location--8 blocks due south of Tenth and along Septa bus route #2. Within easy walking distance of Center City. Universities (University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, etc.) easily accessible by public transit.
  • It's a great deal--$550/month plus utilities ($70-100) for a large private bedroom (around 12x14) with a large closet and own bathroom.
Room is available beginning in August. Pictures are available upon request. For more information, email Liz or Christy.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Story Behind the Victory

Some of you may be scratching your heads over the Phillies' blowout of the Cincinnati Reds last night. You might want to thank Jonathan Olsen. As providence would so lead, Jonathan spotted Cole Hamels in Rittenhouse Square yesterday. Jonathan told me that all he did was give Cole an encouraging word. Is there anybody who can give an encouraging word like Jonathan?

Yo, You Talking to Me?

I see that Paul Tripp is preaching this Sunday evening on "How to Suffer." Paul, are going to tell Philadephians how to suffer? Philly sports fans invented suffering!

Kevin Smith Preaching

Kevin Smith will be preaching this Sunday morning. Kevin served as an intern at Tenth many, many years ago. He and Lance Lewis led Impact, an urban singles ministry. Kevin is now the minister of Pinelands Presbyterian Church in Miami, FL.

Congratulations, Carroll and Kimberly!

Today is the 25th wedding anniversary of Carroll and Kimberly Wynne. Kimberly gave up being Wise to go with the Wynne and somehow has stayed the course whichever way the Wynne has blown.

Maranatha in Service

We give thanks to the Lord for bringing home safely everyone who served on the Honduras team - both Maranatha students and leaders. Thanks to Carroll Wynne for providing calm, steady leadership.

We also thank the Lord for the Maranatha students and the N. Ireland students who ran a two-week Bible school camp in W. Philadelphia at Spruce Hill Christian School. I have heard impressive stories about the dedication of these young people in serving the Lord.

Be praying for yet another Maranatha team serving in Ocean City, running a Bible school camp on the beach.

Providential Rainbow

Sarah Childress sent this picture and explanation in response to Sunday's sermon introduction about Henry Knox transporting the artillery from Ft. Ticonderoga to Boston:

Yesterday evening, the Fourth of July, God sent us this bright reminder of His providence, the third one I have seen during my time here. It arced down to intersect the path where Col. Knox had hauled those cannon down the frozen lake from Fort Ticonderoga 20 miles north to Fort William Henry 10 miles south. As brilliant as the cannon- hauling plan was, it would have failed utterly had the Lord not sent the perfect weather at the perfect time.

Note the rainbow over Shelving Rock, pointing to the transport route on the main lake. Knox would have traveled from left to right, north to south. Black Mountain to the left is the tallest on the Lake and after Knox passed it he would have navigated through numerous islands and rocks in the channels called the Narrows on his way to the widest part of the lake which you see here beneath the cliffs.


Well, the Pluts may have delivered their child first, but the Bakers have produced the first picture for me to post. Here is sweet Adelaide.

Keep her in your prayers. She has to stay in the hospital another week for pneumonia.

Feasts and friends

Ken, one of our global partners, sent these pictures of Phil's fabulous festive feast on the fourth (I think--it looks like Phil and Gabi are wearing patriotic clothing). Yum!

Phil visited Ken and Gabi briefly as part of his trip for the Calvin Quincentenary. I would make plans to visit Ken and Gabi for Calvin's 501st birthday, if they treated me to a meal like that!

Items needed for Colombia team

The Colombia team leaving August 6–17 to Santa Marta and Barranquilla is collecting the following items for their ministry: Tylenol, ibuprofen, aspirin, cough & cold medicine, multi-vitamins for adults and children; school supplies (not paper), crayons, Bible story coloring books; soccer balls & air pumps; laptops; microphone and cable; electric guitar, bass, and electric drum set; accordion; musical instruments; auto repair tools; baking sheets and pans; gas-powered weed whacker. Donations may be put in the container in Reception Hall.

Lead a Prison Bible Study

The Federal Detention Center is holding its annual volunteer orientation Tuesday evening, August 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 at the FDC, 700 Arch Street, Philadelphia. Volunteers must be members or regular attenders of Tenth Church. For information email David Apple, Director of Mercy Ministries. For other training material click here. Criminal and child abuse clearence forms will be provided.

For Rent

Amit Easow is offering a house with rooms for rent on 1930 Webster Street:

This is a beautiful brand new 3 story house. Walk through the front door into the living room and eat-in kitchen on the first floor. The kitchen boasts all modern appliances and lots of cabinet space including a special place for all your spices. It leads into a spacious patio. Next, walk up the flight of modern see-through stairs up to the 2nd floor that has a spacious bedroom, generous closet space and full bath. Also on the 2nd floor is the gas-powered stacked washer and dryer. On the 3rd floor there is door that opens to a platform which could lead to a future roof-deck. There is a bedroom, closet space and full bath on this floor as well. The asking price for each bedroom is $825/month plus utilities. Continue back down to the basement which is finished and converted into a bedroom. There is also a full bath here. The basement bedroom will cost $650/month plus utilities.

Now to explore the neighborhood a little. Public transportation going into and from center city runs along both sides of the block. The south bound route 17 bus runs along 19th street. If you would prefer to go towards Penns Landing take the north bound bus on 20th street. Some of the restaurants and places to hang out include Ten Stone, Divan Turkish Kitchen, La. Va Cafe and many more that are just minutes away.

The lease can begin on Aug 1 at the earliest. Contact Amit by email or phone, 267-324-6782.

Disability Ministry Conference

Joni and Friends Disability Ministry Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 17 in Lancaster, PA. The conference is designed for people who are seeking God’s direction in reaching the disability community. Anyone interested in responding to God’s call to "Transform the Church to Look More Like Jesus" should attend. The conference cost is $35 per person; $25 per person for groups of four or more registering together. To receive a conference information packet click here.

Frequent Flier Miles Needed

We need frequent flier miles for John, Terri, and their family to fly back to the States for medical check-ups, procedures, and surgery. Their insurance will cover at least two flights, but they may need to find alternative funding for the remaining four flights. We're hoping to cover at least a few of those flights through frequent flier miles.

If you have frequent flier miles to donate, please contact Terri Taylor.

An Apple a Day x 7670

Today marks the 21st anniversary of my ministry at Tenth Presbyterian Church. July 7, 1988 was, also, the 50th birthday of Pastor James Boice who we honored and celebrated with oreos and Coke (his favorites) and black arm bands!!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Providence Sermon

I have posted Sunday's sermon on providence at my DMC Resources website. You can access it here.

Welcome, Nathaniel and Adelaide!

The competition is getting brutal. In their race to have the first baby of the day, Gwen Plut (evidently with some help from Tom) delivered Nathanael Joel on route to the hospital at 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning.

Rebekah and Dan Baker went the traditional route, which cost them. Their daughter Adelaide Elizabeth was born in a hospital at 8:16 a.m.