Friday, August 24, 2012

Food, Food, and Food

What is it with Tenth and food? I see we have three lunch possibilities this Sunday.
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Looking for House to Rent

Lloyd Sterrett just graduated from the PCA's Covenant Seminary in St Louis, and will be pastoring Grace OPC in Southwest Philly. Grace is a small congregation mainly reaching immigrant Liberians.  Lloyd and his family are looking for a place to rent.  Their oldest son will be attending CCA starting September 4, so they need to move ASAP.
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Good Wisdom Hunting

On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found,
but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.

As a high school principal, I had students who could not figure out why teachers were hard on them. Read more »

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Harvest USA Seminar

Harvest USA invites you to attend a compassionate and biblical one-day training event for pastors, deacons, elders, small group leaders, youth volunteers and others who would like to help others struggling with sexual brokenness. Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. Cost $75 (includes seminar materials, refreshments and a light lunch). Space is limited, register here.


Music@theGates will take place this Sunday after the evening service. Meet at 4:00 pm in Delancey 1W for prayer and handing out invitations to our neighbors. You will be back in time for the evening service. Contact John for information.

TCF Weekly Prayer Request

Please pray for all of the small groups and social events that we run. Pray that discussion is edifying and relationships forged between students or between leaders and students would be used for growth and conversion. Please pray for the Temple Welcome Table we're running on Temple's campus today!

To Hate or to Love

Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses.

Let me ask you today: In the next 24 hours, will you commit to prayer that your words and actions will promote peace? There is a likely chance that someone will say or do something offensive, either to you or in your company. Will you cover over the offense? There will be opportunity for you to stir up strife through a careless remark. Read more »

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tenth Saturday Night Kickoff

Tenth City Network's
Tenth Saturday Night Kickoff 
Dr. Liam Goligher speaking 
Saturday, August 25, 5:00pm 
Where: Tenth Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall 
Refreshments following 

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Parish 5 Bible Studies

For those in Parish Five not participating in a Bible study, I would like to encourage you to attend one of the small group Bible studies in the parish. The Session and the Parish Elders especially take very seriously our duty to teach, encourage, and build up the members of the congregation here at Tenth.
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Women in the Word Conference

“Women in the Word: A Workshop” is an annual two-day event by and for women who love Scripture!  Come if you are interested in strengthening your Bible study skills, whether for personal or teaching purposes. It is “hands-on” and interactive. Large group sessions and small Study Group are interspersed, to afford teaching and practice with discussion.
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Strong Woman Needed

ACTS Fellowship Bible Study needs a biblically sound woman to share the gospel with our homeless female guests. The study meets Fridays, 7-8pm, at Woodland Pres. Church, 42nd & Pine, West Philly. Contact

Sunday Services 8/26/2012

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “Tender Mercies” (2 Samuel 9:1–13). Hymns: Holy, Holy, Holy!; Around the Throne of God in Heaven; And Can It Be That I Should Gain.
PM (6:30): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “The Good Shepherd” (Ezekiel 34:1–31). Hymns: Great Is Thy Faithfulness; A Sovereign Protector I Have; Jesus! The Name High Over All.

Rittenhouse Square condo available for rent

A lovely 1-bedroom condo near Rittenhouse Square will be available for rent on Oct. 1 for $1250 a month. The unit is at 21st and Spruce St. near Tenth Presbyterian. It is also close to the Schuylkill River jogging and bike path, restaurants, shops and cafes. There is a washer and dryer in the unit, with central A/C and heating. There is basement storage. For more information or photos, please contact Deb Yao by email or call 215-971-4861.

Fools and Fool Makers

Proverbs 10:10
Whoever winks the eye causes trouble,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

"Winks the eye" refers to one who plans mischief. He deceives his neighbor, perhaps in collusion with another. Even if harm is not intended, the winker may be making someone else the butt of a joke. The babbling fool appears again with the same result of verse 8: he comes to ruin. The babbler thinks he is spouting wisdom, winning respect for himself, when all he is really doing is exposing his foolishness. He cannot see himself as others see him. Read more »

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Alpha Pregnancy Services Annual Fundraising banquet

Alpha Pregnancy Services Annual Fundraising banquet will take place on Thursday evening, Oct. 18th at the Hilton City Avenue (about a 15-20 min drive from Center City).
This is an organization right here in the heart of CC only several blocks from Tenth Presbyterian Church and was started 20 years ago at Tenth. 
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Encouraging Survivor

A Christian woman, who is an eleven-year cancer survivor, would like to offer encouragement to others dealing with cancer and recovery issues. For information contact

Tyndale Society Conference

The Tyndale Society (USA) presents“Let Him Alone!”
Religious Persecution after the Great Ejection (1662)
“If he preach Christ truly, though he follow not with thee in thy ceremonies or traditions, let him alone.” -- William Tyndale’s marginal note to Mark 9 v.39 in his 1534 New Testament
9:00 AM to 1 PM - Saturday, September 8, 2012
London Grove Friends Meeting House
500 W. Street Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
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Plotting a preschool

Ever notice how many strollers there are downtown? The under-five population has exploded and preschool programs are in short supply in Center City. Tenth would love to serve our neighbors by providing another option for high-quality early childhood education and is actively considering starting a preschool in September 2013. At this point in our planning process, the preschool planning committee has lots of logistical decisions to consider. They are looking for input from parents likely to enroll their children. If you have a child you might enroll, please take a moment to fill out this brief survey.

New Arrival

Will Spokes and his family have arrived! I saw Will briefly yesterday hauling up boxes of books to his office. I don't expect to see too much of him this week as he moves his family into a new home. But look for him this coming Sunday. Let's see, I think I'll sign him up to be on the platform for every service. (The perks of having authority over staff!)

I can't make his wife Megan or his sons - Liam, Elliott, Henry, and Oliver - sit up there; so you will have to look more carefully for them.

True Security

Proverbs 10:9

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.

David Skeel's book about corporate scandals, Icarus in the Boardroom, could be regarded as an exposition of this proverb. A man rises into the sky through energy and innovation, only to eventually fall because his pride, ambition, and greed drive him to compromise his integrity and commonsense. Crooked ways will be found out, if only because the sinful impulses that take us along such ways blind us to the greatest danger of all - our own inadequacies. Always on the lookout for the dangers in our path, we neglect to look inside to see the dangers being fomented in our own hearts - pride, anger, greed, etc.
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Common Grace Sermon

The manuscript for yesterday's sermon, The Problem of Good, can be found at my DMC Resources site. Click this link and look under the table "Doctrines" for "Common Grace."

Top Ten Hymns

Here is an interesting bit of hymn history. A survey was made of the 300 hymns most often reprinted in 175 hymnbooks between 1737 to 1960. I will list the top ten. Before you look at them, do you think you can name three of them?

Wise of Heart

Proverbs 10:8

The wise of heart will receive commandments,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.

This is a recurring theme in Proverbs and the basis upon which the proverbs are offered. Solomon wrote in chapter 1:5ff, "Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles...fools despise wisdom and instruction."
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Looking For Room To Rent

My name is Alex Byrd and I am looking for a room to rent in the Conshohocken or the main line area. I am a young professional that just moved up to Philadelphia from Orlando, and I am working in sales for Golf Channel. Any ideas on places to live would be extremely helpful as I am brand new to Philadelphia. My email address is and my phone is 407-489-1221. Please contact with any leads or advice.

Alex Byrd