Friday, November 19, 2010

Marriage Survey

Here is an interesting survey done by the Pew Foundation on our culture's view of marriage. You probably can predict the direction of the trends.

One in Christ

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others (Romans 12:4-5).

In his study of this passage in his volumes on Romans, Donald Grey Barnhouse tells how he once made slighting remarks about a denomination he considered to be on the fringe of genuine Christianity. A minister from this denomination was present and afterwards told Barnhouse how grieved he was at what he considered an unjust judgment. Barnhouse apologized, and it was agreed that he would meet for lunch with four or five ministers from this particular church.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Public Scripture Reading

On Monday November 22, 2010 at 12:30 PM at 110 Market Street – site of Shane’s Candy Store in Old City Philadelphia – the National Bible Association and Scripture Union will commemorate the printing in 1782 of the first English language Bible in America by Robert Altken called “Congress" Bible.

Former Mayor W. Wilson Goode and others will be present to read from the Scriptures at this important location. This was begun last year at this site during the ongoing Philadelphia Bible City focus of 2009. The week of Thanksgiving is also the National Bible Week.

Marathon Obstacles

The Philadelphia Marathon is this Sunday, November 21. Many of you, such as myself, will need to plan your route into church. Here is a link for the route of the marathon which runs from the Ben Franklin Parkway to Columbus Blvd as far down as Washington Ave back to Chestnut Street to 34th Street up to Fairmount Park. Thankfully, the South Street Bridge is back in operation as the bridges for Chestnut and Market are likely not useable.

What Made the Man?

Check out this bio of Barnhouse at the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals website.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Do Not Be Alarmed!

Jim Boice quoted and told Barnhouse hundreds of times. Here is a powerful, moving story involving Barnhouse at the start of WWII.

In the summer of 1939, Donald Grey Barnhouse was in Scotland, where he had been preaching. His family had been staying at a small resort on the coast of Normandy in France. He was to be in Belfast, Ireland, the first week in September for meetings, but because he had a free week between the close of the meetings in Scotland and the beginning of the meetings in Ireland, he decided to join his family in France during the interval.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thor Re-telling

From mice with swords to a god with a hammer, Harvey Award-winning writer Bryan J.L. Glass swings the mighty Mjolnir and rains down lightning into comics shops everywhere this September with "Thor: First Thunder," a brand new miniseries from Marvel Comics re-exploring the origins of the God of Thunder with a modern twist. 

Click this link for the rest of the story.

Barnhouse Blessing

It might be an understatement to say that James Montgomery Boice was influenced by Donal Grey Barnhouse. When I type in "Barnhouse" in the search mode for Boice's works, the name comes up 691 times. Maybe it is the result of Barnhouse saying a blessing over him as a toddler. Here is the story from Tenth's history:

It was at Tenth Church that a special meeting with Dr. Barnhouse took place. "It was about Christmas time," remembers Jean, "and Newt left me and Jimmy out at the door." Once inside, Jean and young Jim were met by Dr. Barnhouse, always an imposing figure. "What, may I ask, are you doing here tonight?" he asked. jean responded, "Isn't this the night for the Christmas party?" "No, it's next Sunday - you come back next Sunday." Then, Jean remembers, "he picked Jim up, put his hand on his head, and prayed silently. I didn't hear the prayer, but I always felt that the Lord used that prayer in a special way in Jim's life."

MCO Outreach

MCO (Medical Campus Outreach) is sponsoring an outreach this Saturday, November 20, in the Hunting Park neighborhood where SMI (Summer Medical Institute) took place.  If you are a healthcare practitioner or student and would like to participate, please email Susanna Linton asap.  Home base will be Susanna and Deborah's apartment at 8th St. and Roosevelt Blvd. with an orientation at 11:30.  Equipment will be provided and we'll be working in teams going door-to-door offering health screenings.  The day will wrap up with lots of food, fun, and fellowship back at the apartment.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Blessings of Sparrows

Sue Neely emailed me this encouraging news. 

"I am volunteering at Alpha Pregnancy Services. Today Amy Voorhis brought in some wonderful baby blankets that the girls at Sparrows made in October. They are much appreciated. It is a joy to see small hands being useful for the Lord!"

50th Anniversary

This coming Sunday we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Donald Grey Barnhouse's death. Former Tenth pastor Rick Phillips will preach, "Dr. Barnhouse's Text," which is Isaiah 55:10-11. Rick is Senior Minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C.

Licensed 2

Jonny McGreevy did pass his licensure exams, and there was a surprise appearance of another Tenth member being examined - Andrew Duncan, who flew all the way from Japan!