Friday, August 14, 2009


The Philadelphia Fringe Festival is coming up next month. One play we have been sent info on is a contemporary rendition of the late 15th century morality play "Everyman."

Christ Centered Worship

"Destined to become one of the best resources available for improving the practice of Christian worship." Philip Ryken

This endorsement is for Christ Centered Worship, by Bryan Chappell. Westminster has a 60% sale on the book I think today and tomorrow.

Save the Date!

If you're a college student, grad/seminary student, or young professional, mark your calendar now! October 9-11 will be citycollege&career's Annual Fall Retreat, and you really don't want to miss it! Doug Logan will be speaking from Hebrews 12.

The cost is $35 for the whole weekend, but scholarships are available. Everyone will carpool, so it's not a problem if you don't have a car.

This is a great chance to take a break and enjoy hanging out with friends, learning more about God, and getting to know new people-- don't miss it!!

Click here for more details.

New Covenant Presbyterian

Former Tenth intern Nick Batzig emailed us that his mission church holds its first worship service this Sunday evening, August 16. Click here to view the website of New Covenant Presbyterian.

Of Mercy and Outreach

Other seminars and conferences to put on your calendar for the fall:

September 19 - Mercy Ministry
Speakers: David Apple, Tenth Mercy Ministry Director ("Dealing with the Con Artist"); Cheryl Sanfacon, Tenth member, psychiatrist ("Dealing with Depression")
To Register: Click here, then click on "Training."

November 7-15 - Global Outreach Conference
Speakers: Global partners
To Register: look for future directions to register for specific activities

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Of Marriage and Money

Don't forget two Tenth seminars coming up:

September 25-26 - Marriage: What Did You Expect?
Speaker: Paul Tripp, Assistant Minister of Center City
To Register: Click here

October 31 - Fiscal Fitness
Speaker: Bryce Bartruff, Tenth Elder and COO of American Missionary Fellowship
To Register: contact Jean Lopez
P: 610.527.4439 x103

CCEF Conference

The 2009 CCEF Conference, November 13-15, is now open for registration. The theme this year is "Sex..." By the way, the theme for Tenth's Urban Ministry Conference (March 5-7) is "Sex in the City." (I'm noticing a theme in these themes.) Josh Harris will be our featured speaker.

LIFE Services

LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) is hosting an open house on August 26. LIFE is a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly. LIFE aims to foster independence and health, preserve dignity, and maintain frail elders in the community as long as possible. LIFE offers "one stop-shopping" for total healthcare needs, using a team approach to provide services that are custom tailored, high quality, and comprehensive. The LIFE/UPenn program has been in existence since 1998. Our new state of the art center located at 4508 Chestnut Street opened on April 3, 2007. As a way to integrate the program into the surrounding communities, we are hosting an open house. The open house will consist of a presentation, video about PACE, and a tour of the building.

Date: Augsut 26
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: 4508 Chestnut Street
Parking: Street Parking

Please RSVP to Karen Gaffney, Administrative Coordinator at 215.573.8661 by August 21 by 4:00 pm.

PCRT 2010

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is offering special pricing for next year's PCRT, April 30-May 2. Click here to check it out. The theme is "These Last Days: the Christian View of History."

To the Heavy Laden

My sermon on Matthew 11:28-30, "To the Heavy Laden," is now available in manuscript at the DMC Resources site. You can see/hear the sermon at

Crazy Cardinals

Phil leading his children astray.

Sabbatical Phil

For those of you who may be wondering what a sabbatical rest looks like.

Where's Tenth?

Can you find Tenth?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Refusing to Fight

He says he doesn't love her anymore. She doesn't believe him. How her unbelief saved their marriage...more

Jack Williamson

Ruling elder, Jack Williamson died Saturday August 8 of complications from a stroke. He was a long time member and ruling elder of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, Ala. He was a founder of the Presbyterian Church in America, and moderator of the denomination’s first General Assembly...more

Conference on Sexual Sin

One of our Tenth members has found Pure Life Ministries helpful in dealing with sexual sin. There will be a conference in Lumberton, NJ September 18-20.

Your Chance to Live in the Promised Land

Bedroom available for rent in the Southern Kingdom of the Promised Land (aka South Jersey).

Two Christian men have an opening for a third roommate in their 3-bedroom apartment. Rent is $400/mo + utilities (about $40-60/mo).

Contact Jon if you are interested or have any questions.

Where in the world is Dr. Bruce McDowell?

A couple of us on staff have joked about creating a "Where's Bruce?" book, ala "Where's Waldo?", in which readers must spot our mustached minister with safari hat and sunglasses amid a sea of different people groups and nationalities.

Cartooning is not part of my skill set, but posting documents on our website is! I've just created a new section that will detail the travels of our beloved minister, for your prayers and encouragement.

The first installment?

Killing snakes while on a walk.

Shooting birds for dinner (on your first try).

Preaching to thousands of people, with over 50 making professions of faith.

To read all about it, click here.

Delta Frequent Flyer Miles Needed

We just received this email from our partners Harold and Becky:

"A quick question to see if there are any frequent flyer miles available in 2009 to pass on to Harold and me. We have some miles with Delta already but not enough to fly back from the field to/from the States over this this coming Christmas vacation.

"Thanks for your prayers. We have some hard decisions about when we will still be able to see my Mom and when to next see her. She has cirrhosis of the liver. The doctors think she will graduate to heaven in the next several month so we are looking at coming back for Christmas and a family wedding on Jan 2nd (my niece's ...her mom was killed in an auto accident 3 years ago)."

If you have Delta miles to donate, please email Liz.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wedding Anniversaries

Ginger and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary last Tuesday, the 4th. That sounded like a long time until I heard that Gordon and Beverly Palmer will be celebrating their 55th anniversary this Friday.

Photography Website

Check out Ruth Naomi Floyd's new photography website.

Apartment for Rent

Partially furnished 3 bedroom 1 bath apartment for rent near 20th and Fitzwater. Apartment is on the 2nd/3rd floors of a large house in a very nice neighborhood, a short 7-8 block walk to Tenth Church. Apartment comes with washer and dryer, refrigerator, stove and some furniture including 1 or 2 beds. Rooms include the 3 bedrooms (1 large, 2 smaller), kitchen, dining room/den and living room. Water, sewer and possibly Internet provided, electricity and gas are separate. Apartment is only available for the school year from mid August through May or June 2010. Rent is $1475 per month with 1 month’s security and first month’s rent required upfront. Please call or email Nathan at (267)901-0710 or Alex at (215)459-6293.