Saturday, March 06, 2010

Day of Prayer

Sunday is our quarterly Day of Prayer. The Session has called the congregation to a Season of Prayer as we begin a new era in the life of the congregation. Come join us for prayer. For the 9:00 hour we will meet in Fellowship Hall West. For the 11:00 hour we will meet in the 315 Building, Room 1Rear on the first floor.

Welcome, Baby McCarthy!

Jonathan and Wendy McCarthy are pleased to announce the arrival of a baby boy at 7:44am this morning (March 6), 8lbs 3oz, everyone is fine. I am expecting him to be named after me as today is my birthday, although Jeff Frazier may have the same expectations.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Used Car Needed

A Tenth family is looking for a reliable used car. If you are aware of a good opportunity, please contact Nancy Hala at the church reception desk (215-735-7688 or

Pre-Conference Pictures

Scenes from this morning's pre-conference.

Of Playing Fields and Mortification

Don't forget to check out the Passion-Purity blog that features articles from Tenth and Harvest USA staff. The two most recent include an article by Paul Tripp the "Level Playing Field" we sinners are all on and the hope that such a reality gives. The other is an exerpt from Phil Ryken's recent sermon "Putting Sin to Death." If you heard his sermon, you know how practical it was in applying to the struggle with sexual sin.

Conference News

Fellowship Hall is packed! More chairs are being brought up to accomodate the crowd. Who are they? What have they come to hear? They are teenagers throughout the city and region coming to hear messages on sexual purity. This is the "pre-conference" of the Urban Ministry Conference that begins this eveing on the topic "Sex in the City." You can walk in this evening, beginning at 6:00. Go here for information.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

William Glenn

Tenth member William Glenn died peacefully this past Tuesday, March 2. Please pray for his wife Juliett. The funeral will be held Monday, 10:30 a.m. at Tenth. An informal viewing will be at 9:30.

Sex in the City- For Teens??

Yes the conference is absolutely for teens and here is how they can get plugged in...

Pre-Conference- on Friday is open to all students grades 9-12. It will incorporate a variety of local Christian Schools and the teaching and small group sessions are being led by Dave White and Ellen Dykas of Harvest USA. The event runs 9.30-2.30 @ Tenth, participating students should bring a packed lunch and there is a suggetsed donation of $5.
For more information on our syllabus and vision for the pre-conference contact Jonny at

Main Conference-Students are welcome to attend on the Friday night at 6pm. On Saturday we have a teen track during the breakout sessions. This track will be led by Doug Logan and folks from Amnion Ministries. The conference on Saturday runs 8am- 1pm.

(Marantha Students particpating in Summer missions projects are expected to attend the conference on Saturday morning, and should bring a lunch for a time of debriefing afterwards- they will be done by 2pm.)

Au Pair Placement

A 19 year old Austrian female is looking to find an Au pair placement with a family for the months of July and August 2010. In exchange for room and board plus some pocket money ($50 per week), she would work 6 hours per day, 6 days a week. For more information and a copy of her resume, please email Lani Borgman Shade.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Scarf to Reclaim

Hi Marion,

Recently I pulled a beautiful blue, cashmere scarf out of the lost and found because it belongs to one of my friends. The problem is, it wasn't the friend I thought it was and all I know is that someone I know is missing a very, very nice scarf. Could you please post this on your blog and suggest that the person who is missing a scarf emails me?

Sarah Hao

Preaching Potential

I came across this preacher's trial sermon review from his seminary days. Check the comments section for the name.

"Sermon bears every evidence that you have much ability. Conquer the acadmic shading and you will be exceedingly effective."

P/T Administrative Assistant Position

Medical Campus Outreach is seeking a part time (3-5 hours/week) administrative assistant to manage databases, communicate with members, organize events. Web maintenance experience preferred. Email resume to if interested.

Welcome, Hugo!

Andrew and Emily Keris are pleased to announce the birth of Hugo Kalibatas Keris at 3:00 this morning. He is 6 pounds, 8 ounces. All are doing well!

Sunday Evening

Dave White (from Harvest USA) will be preaching this Sunday evening on “Sex and the Allegiance of Your Heart” from 1 Thess. 4:1-8. This will be the conclusion of the Urban Ministry Conference. I will be seeing you there, right?

Another Announcement

I don't know how many surprise announcements you can take, but people have been speculating about me and I might as well let the news out.

Next week the Phillies organization will be announcing Charlie Manuel's retirement and my appointment as the next manager for the team. Maybe I can get a discount on tickets for Tenth members.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Serving in Colombia this August

If you have been thinking about serving orphans and impoverished children through a short-term trip this summer, pray about Colombia!

The trip dates are August 5-16 (and, as the Lord wills, August 4-15, 2011). The team hopes to provide some medical care as well as ESL and other learning activities for children. They're also looking for people who could teach a trade (like baking, farming, repair, etc.) or provide business coaching. In short, many skillsets and hobbies could benefit the communities at Santa Marta and Barranquilla!

If you're interested, please attend the informational meeting this Sunday night at 5 pm in Delancey 1West. For more information, email Matthew.

From Sinclair Ferguson

(This note from Sinclair Ferguson was read to the congregation at Sunday's forum.)

Dear Phil and Lisa,

I heard the news of your appointment as the next President of Wheaton yesterday morning—and after a minute of being stunned at the thought of your leaving Tenth—thought that this is probably the only other thing in the cosmos you would be prepared to consider. But I know that yesterday must have felt as though you were putting a dagger into your own hearts—and also into the hearts of so many you love so dearly and have served so well. So my heart went out to you both and to Tenth.

May God give you all—yourselves, the children, the elders and the congregation—special help in these next few months—and beyond—and confirm all your decisions as well as prepare you for such a new ministry as this.

And as we teach our people to be ready to give their best to and for the Lord, may they find joy as well as the pain in giving you up to him—knowing that these are bonds of fellowship and affection that nothing can sever. We continue to remember you and the church.

With much admiration and affection,


Wedding Announcement

It is my pleasure (with permission) to share Cora Hogue's announcement to the staff today. Cora has accepted the marriage proposal of Dr. C. Everett Koop. Their marriage will take place this spring.

Encouragement and Thanks

A reminder. I've started two new blogs that I've added links to on the right-hand column.

Tenth Encouragement - Words you want to send to the church for encouragement.

Tenth Thanks - Words of thanks you want to send to the Rykens (as a family or individuals).

For both, email me at to get your words posted.

Piper on Ryken

Wheaton alumnus John Piper (and fellow South Carolinian, by the way) sent this full statement to Wheaton:

Being president of Wheaton College is an extraordinarly difficult calling. The pressures are huge. The constituencies (administration, faculty, students, alumni, community, wider church) are diverse and demanding. The cultural changes around us are relentless. The temptations to yield where one should stand, or stand where one should yield are enormous. The need for profound biblical depth and strength is great. The call for radical Christ-exalting, God-centered, Bible-saturated servant leadership is urgent. For these reasons I am thankful to God and to the hard-working search committee of the trustees for the nomination of Philip Ryken as the next president of Wheaton College. I believe he is the man for the job. May God give him great grace for Christ and his kingdom.

Welcome Back!

Bruce McDowell, our Minister of Global Outreach, is back in the saddle after three months of sabbatical leave. The staff is glad to have him back in the building with us, as we are all pleased to have him back at his duties leading us in the global outreach enterprise.

New York Apartment Needed

Apartment Needed in New York - 3/15

Two Female Christians - Looking for a nice, bright, updated two bedroom apartment/condo in New York city (Upper East/West side, Astoria area). Willing to house/condo sit or pay very reasonable rent for a year+ stay. Contact mj at 610.626.1245, daytime work #.

Lansdowne Apartment

$850. Extra Large One Bedroom Apartment Available

Located just outside of the city of Philadelphia in Lansdowne, PA, its features include a large eat-in kitchen with standard sized refrigerator & stove, walk-in pantry, full bathroom, bright, sunny living room & bedroom with high ceilings, large energy-efficient windows throughout, hardwood floors and new ceiling fans. Spacious common areas, a large front porch, long driveway for off-street parking, security system and landscaped grounds. Central air and on-site laundry. This unit is over 942 square feet!

This spacious 2nd floor apartment is in a Victorian style home. Enjoy evening walks through the neighborhood's quiet tree-lined streets, replete with beautiful homes. A short distance to downtown Lansdowne, shopping, restaurants, banks, churches, post office and transportation. It’s an easy commute to Center City Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Broomall, Springfield & Media. And, just a few blocks from the R3 Regional Rail Line!

This is a Smoke-Free Environment. No pets please. Available April 1. Photos:, E-mail:

Reinventing Roles

3 Wednesdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
March 10, 17, 24, 2010
Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting

$49.00 register for MB40 at or phone 215-843-6333.

We will use drama games and create stories in which to try out new roles. Our role-play together is designed to increase creativity, flexibility, and fun!

Nell Evans MS Ed TEP. She fell in love with psychodrama that encompassed art, music, body movement and role playing.

Izi Malone M.A. RDT. Her love of drama and theater led her to become a drama therapist.

Of Wheaton and Dekes

This video is what Phil Ryken wants you to see. Notice the clean looking, God-honoring students of today's Wheaton.

This picture of "Deke" Ryken is what a church member without scruples wants you to see. Did the presidential search committee know about this?

Monday, March 01, 2010

Boice book republished

The Alliance Bookstore is pleased to announce that “The Christ of the Empty Tomb” by James Boice, long out of print and unavailable for many years, has been republished and is now available at a special introductory price. With an introduction by Linda Boice, this timely book focuses our thoughts on the real reason for Easter: our justification and deliverance.