Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bill Maun

Long time Tenth member and evangelist for the Lord, Bill Maun, died peacefully Friday night. We will let you know service information when we have it.

Friday, September 28, 2012

And You Rejoice

So, I open my devotional magazine (Sports Illustrated) and read a wonderful story about Christian forgiveness (Sept 17 edition: "The Boy They Couldn't Kill"). I particularly liked this simple description of what common grace is about.

"What she learned at Mount Olive was an overwhelming sense of gratitude for life. The sense that you don't wake up unless God opens your eyes, don't see the rising sun unless God pulls it from the horizon, don't put food in your mouth unless God helps you hold the fork. And you do all these things and you rejoice."

Extended-Stay Suites

Here's a great place to stay in Center City - flex-stay, fully-furnished, all-inclusive, execu-stay, apartments and suites, at Availability beginning November 1.

Protect Your Children from Tricky People

This coming Thursday, October 4, the Philly MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) group is hosting a meeting about how to safeguard children from tricky people. For more information about times and location, see their flier.

APS Banquet

Julie Yoon sent this in to me:

May I give you my little plug about the Annual Alpha Pregnancy Fundraiser banquet being held October 18? Sophie Kim posted a "save the date" message for me on your blog back in August, but I'm sure many have forgotten about this. As a board member I'm asking if you can spread the news....It's an enjoyable event that people at Tenth should come. They will enjoy a nice dinner while listening to inspiring testimonies of some of Alpha's clients....mainly moms and their stories of how they kept their babies and how Alpha helped them. There will also be a guest speaker who will definitely share profound, meaningful views about how to impact the women and their families in Philadelphia. I have been telling people to make it a [unromantic/unprivate] date night, girls' night out, guys' night out, a Bible study group fellowship outing. Here is the link to the event. Even if people cannot come, there is still a way for them to make a one time donation or become monthly donors on the website.

Ethics and Wisdom

Proverbs 11:6

The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.

You should be picking up a theme by now: to be righteous is to be wise, which leads to success; to be wicked is to be foolish, which leads to failure. Because the focus of the righteous is to do what is right, God will deliver them; also, the focus on doing right gives them clarity about reality and discernment into wisdom. Read more »

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Parishes in the Catacombs

I see that members of Parish 3 is being asked to sit in the Catacombs this coming Sunday for the 11:00 service. No, they have not been bad; well, not all of them. We are asking all the parishes to take turns gathering down there for 11:00 worship. It eases the crowding in the sanctuary. But a serendipity (bet you haven't heard that word in a long time) has been the effect of enhancing community within the parishes. How do you know which Sunday is your parish's turn? The parishes rotate in order. If this Sunday is Parish 3, you can expect Parish 4 will be next.

Installation Service for Will Spokes

This Sunday evening is the installation service for Will Spokes as Assistant Minister of Outreach. We will have a light reception following the service. What will the service entail?
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TCF Weekly Prayer Request

Please pray for the Fall Retreat happening this weekend! Pray for safety, good fellowship and fun, and our time in the Word of God. Also, please pray for students entering midterm season with exams, papers and projects facing them. Continue to pray for all of the relationships that TCF leaders and student leaders are making on campus, pray that they grow and flourish!

Walking in Balance

Proverbs 11:5

The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.

How does the gymnast on the balance beam keep her balance? For one thing she keeps her head straight and eyes focused. To stay on the straight path, we must keep our head straight, following the righteous laws and commands of Scripture. Such laws steady us and keep us on the right track. Read more »

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sunday Services 9/30/2012

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “The Schemers” (2 Samuel 14:1–33). Hymns: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven; Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah, O My Soul; Soldiers of Christ, Arise.
PM (6:30): Installation Service of the Reverend William R. Spokes as Assistant Minister of Outreach.
Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “An Approved Workman” (2 Timothy 2:14–26). Hymns: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want; Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.

Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

From Fred Putnam, who will be co-leading with Liam, the Dead Sea Scrolls discussion group tomorrow night.

Greetings in Christ!

This link leads to a brief paper (c. 27 pages) about the DSS exhibit, written by an experienced and well-published evangelical archaeologist. I have not met Gordon Franz, but know some of his associates.
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Rising Tide

According the Pew Report, the tide is rising globally in restrictions against religion.

God, Your Money and You

Tenth elder Bryce Bartruff has just published a new book: God, Your Money and You. This is the result of many years of teaching on the subject, and I am very pleased he now has put all of his expertise in personal finance in print. Bryce offers a five-hour seminar, as well, called Fiscal Fitness.

Museum Day

Saturday , September 29th, is Smithsonian Museum Day (also known as Museum Day Live), and in the tradition of Smithsonian Museums’ daily free admission, participating museums around the country will also offer free access for visitors. In the Philadelphia area, 20 museums are participating, including the Penn Museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Visitors must download and print their free Museum Day Live ticket and show it at the door in order to enter for free. Click here for more information on Smithsonian Museum Day. 

Trinity at 22nd Invitation

Trinity at 22nd is the name of the cooperative organizations housed at Trinity Memorial Church. On October 6, 12-3 we will hold a street party to celebrate the way the neighborhood and TMC work cooperatively house the homeless, feed the hungry, visit the lonely, and provide space for cultural enrichment, a vibrant worshipping congregation and a pre-school Playgroup.
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Adam and Eve

This article was recommended last night to the elders to read regarding the latest controversy over the historicity of Adam and Eve as the parents of mankind.

Welcome, Eliana Grace!

Greg and Aubry Kieselowsky are pleased to announce the arrival of Eliana Grace on September 7.

Click Old Town

Okay, everyone. My family reputation is at stake. My sister in Texas has asked her family and friends to click on the website of her and her husband's family business, a venue for weddings and other occasions. This will help the site get more notice on the internet. So, I assured her that today and tomorrow she can expect a surge of hits on the website. Don't let me down. I'm just asking you to click once for Old Town at Hollow Hill Farm.

Dying Well

Proverbs 11:4

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,
but righteousness delivers from death.

In medical news a report was published that people with at least $70,000 in assets die better. Their last year of life is less painful, presumably because they can afford better healthcare and have more leverage in demanding good care.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Maranatha Family Meeting this Sunday

Maranatha Parents and Teens, please join us for our Family Meeting this Sunday at 5PM in Fellowship Hall to discuss the plans and details for this fall at Maranatha. If you cannot make this meeting, please email Dora and find out more on the website.

Phillies tonight

Tickets for the group Phillies game at 7:05 tonight are still available.  You can purchase them online here or call the church office before 5pm.  Email Christy Corbett for more information.

Free for the Taking

I have a 2 year old oil heater I want to donate to anyone who needs it. Someone would just need to disconnect it and pick it up. I also have a 3 year old king size mattress. Call Maureen at 267-304-9456

Wise Integrity

Proverbs 11:3

The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

Like the previous proverb, verse 3 presents the connection between virtue and wisdom, and between sin and foolishness. We are often taught that to think we can maintain integrity in the business world, or academics, or whatever field is to be naive. Everyone else compromises or outright cheats; we must compromise our ethics if we are to keep pace, especially such teachings as in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Christianity Explored

Dear Tenth Church Family,

As you may have heard, I will be leading a Christianity Explored study this fall which starts Tuesday October 2 and ends Tuesday November 13. We will meet at 6:30 PM at the Black Sheep pub just up 17th street from Tenth. Dinner will be provided and there is no cost to participate.

I am writing to tell you what this study is about and who it is for.
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So, why are these people smiling?

Tenth at the Phillies

We still have 21 tickets for group trip to the Phillies vs Nationals game on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:05 pm.   The cost is $17 and you can purchase your ticket at or call the church office.  Email Christy Corbett  for more information.

Healthcare Outreach this Saturday!

All allied healthcare students and professionals are invited to participate in a neighborhood outreach this Saturday afternoon.

When: Saturday, September 29, 12:30-6:30 pm (including dinner, outreach to end by 5:30 pm)

Where: Meet at Urban Hope Philadelphia

What: Groups of 3-4 go door-to-door offering hypertension and diabetes screenings, information on local healthcare options, and prayer

For more information and to register, visit Medical Campus Outreach's website: Email Liz with questions at mco.smi.tenth at

Wise Humility

Proverbs 11:2

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with the humble is wisdom.

Jesus’ parable in Luke 14:7-11 provides commentary for this proverb. The person, who out of pride, sits himself at the head of the table is disgraced when asked to take a lower seat; while the humble person ends up honored. It is interesting that the proverb connects humility with wisdom. It makes sense.
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