Friday, July 13, 2012

Sam Hsu Website

Craig Claudin has produced a website in honor of Sam Hsu.

A Compelling Example

9Marks is a resource center run out of Mark Dever's church - Capitol Hill Baptist Church. It includes an online journal. The most recent edition features mercy ministry and includes an article by David Apple. Click here to go to the journal. You will find David's article under "Compelling Examples."

Presbytery Examination

Philadelphia Presbytery has a called meeting next Wednesday evening to examine and (hopefully) receive Will Spokes. Here is how the process works.
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Safe Families for Children

See below the invitation to attend a luncheon on July 22 about Safe Families for Children. It is being sponsored by Bethany Christian Services, which will have its own display this Sunday, July 15.
Let’s Open Our Heart and Our Arms Wider – Safe Families for Children
You are invited to attend the Safe Families for Children meeting Sunday, July 22, at 1:30 - 2:30 in room West 1.   Bethany Christian Services will be presenting an overview of the program and how Tenth can become involved. Lunch to be provided. Your RSVP to Shirley Stoddard is appreciated.
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The American Bible Challenge

It is a new television game show premiering in August.

Outreach Blogs

Keep up with two ongoing city outreaches that Tenth is supporting now.

SMI (Summer Medical Institute) is the summer outreach project of MCO (Medical Campus Outreach). The participants are keeping a daily blog here.

Grace and Peace Community Church, our daughter church, is holding a summer camp now and keeps a blog as well.

The Life of Regret

Proverbs 5:12-14

12 and you say, “How I hated discipline,
and my heart despised reproof!
13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers
or incline my ear to my instructors.
14 I am at the brink of utter ruin
in the assembled congregation.”
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Romans Experience

So, I am reading up on the actor David Suchet, most notably known for his portrayal of Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot.

"I converted to Christianity in 1986, and it is the most important thing in my life. It all started in a hotel in America, where I suddenly felt the need to read the Bible again. I looked everywhere, but could not find one in my room, so I went straight out and bought a New Testament and started to read. As I read Paul's letter to the Romans, all the words seemed to make such wonderful sense, and I realised then that this was a way of life that I had always been looking for."

Romans does it again!

The Persecuted Church

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Kenya, whose churches have come under attack while worshipping. Read this article.

Keep Away

Proverbs 5:7-11

7 And now, O sons, listen to me,
and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8 Keep your way far from her,
and do not go near the door of her house,
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Outreach Opportunity

Help us reach out to our neighbors and invite them to the summer Music@theGates events. Meet on July 22 at 4:00 pm in Delancey 1W for prayer first and then to go hand out invitations. You will be back in time for the evening service. Contact John for more information.

Sunday Services 7/15/2012

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “Living Stones!” (1 Peter 2:4–10). Hymns: Crown Him with Many Crowns; Thou, Whose Almighty Word; Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation.
PM (6:30): Dr. David Garner preaching, “One Staggering Union” (1 Corinthians 15:12–23). Hymns: From All That Dwell below the Skies; The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want; Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven.

Boice Commentaries on Sale

If you use Logos Bible software, you can still take advantage a special sale on Boice's commentaries. Click this link.

State Religious

Bob Timms sent in this interesting ranking of states according to being religious.

The Forbidden Woman

Proverbs 5:1-6

1 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;
incline your ear to my understanding,
2 that you may keep discretion,
and your lips may guard knowledge.
3 For the lips of a forbidden woman drip honey,
and her speech is smoother than oil,
4 but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Maranatha teens are camping in the 315 building, showering in Delancey, and spending their days helping our daughter church, Grace and Peace, run a summer daycamp in South Philly. You can follow their activities day by day by checking the Grace and Peace blog. It will help you pray and you just might spy someone you love. (That's my son standing in the photo above!)

Keeping Families Intact

Bethany Christian Services’ Safe Families program helps preserve the family by having volunteer host families (and friends) come alongside families in crisis.To learn more, join us Sunday, July 22, 1:00-2:30pm, in Delancey 1West. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to For more information, call 215-735-7688..

Welcome, Cliona Kells!

Jonathan, Wendy, Samson, Sophia, and Calvin McCarthy are excited to announce the birth of Cliona Kells at 11:10pm yesterday Monday).

Welcome, Rae Grier!

Jeff and Carrie Hagen are pleased to announce the birth of Rae Grier Alexander Hagen was born this morning. She weighs 6 lbs and 15 oz.

Just Don't Do It

Proverbs 4:24-27

24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
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Monday, July 09, 2012

Robert Polen

It is lunch time. Staff  have gathered on the fourth floor. Robert Polen is in his usual seat at the end closest to his office. And as usual, he is expounding on whatever topic has come up – movies, theology, restaurants, popular culture, history, sports, etc. Even without his smartphone, Robert knows a lot, and better yet, is interesting to listen to. He combines two traits not easy to master for a young man – being knowledgeable without being conceited. To this description we use one of Robert’s common responses, “fair enough.”
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Director Canavan

Our new Director of College Ministry (Tenth College Fellowship) has begun his duties today. John Canavan is now serving in that position. If you are a college student, or you want to contact Tenth about our college ministry, John is now the person to turn to at

SMI 2012

SMI (Summer Medical Institute) has begun! To check out the ministry, click this link.

Springs of Life

Proverbs 4:20-23

20 My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Grace House - help needed

Tenth owns a house for visiting missionaries in Upper Darby, PA, which requires two types of maintenance, particularly when the house is not occupied: 1) regular care of the small yard during the growing season, including cutting grass, trimming the hedge and minor weeding/trimming; and 2) occasional maintenance and repairs inside the house, such as fixing a “sticking” door, broken chair or ceiling fan; and installing and removing air conditioners.  The need for help will begin in late August. If you are interested in helping with either or both of these tasks, contact Tom Witmer at 215.546.0369 or