Saturday, December 15, 2012

Merry Christmas from Medical Campus Outreach!

Merry Christmas! Join us at Medical Campus Outreach as we celebrate God's work over the last year in the lives of medical students and professionals in the Philadelphia region! To access our year-in-review newsletter, please click on this link.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The American Academy's Lessons & Carols Program

Come one, come all! The American Academy is having their traditional Lessons & Carols program on Wednesday, December 19 at 1 PM. Special guest Rev. Carroll Wynne will officiate and refreshments will be served after the program.
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Parking Volunteers Needed

Do you drive to Tenth on Sundays and park on the street? Then Tenth needs your help. Can you once a month or even two months take a turn doing one of the following: monitoring one of the two turn lanes near the church and/or placing or picking up parking cones?
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Of Insults

Proverbs 12:16

The vexation of a fool is known at once,
but the prudent ignores an insult.

"What did you say about me?"
"Are you laughing at me?"
"Don't ignore me!"

The vexation of a fool is known at once because his focus is on himself. He is bothered when his opinion is not highly regarded; he is attentive to the attention he receives or doesn't receive. His primary concern is not contributing, but getting "his due." Thus he is frustrated a lot. Most people are not free with compliments anyhow, and a fool will receive even less. Read more »

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Host Homes Needed

Tenth is hosting a Simeon Trust Workshop on Biblical Exposition on February 6-8, 2013. This is a time of valuable training, encouragement, and growth for area pastors. A few are in need of host homes in order for them to be able to participate. If you live in the neighborhood of the church (or an easy commute by public transportation) and would like to host a pastor, please contact Elizabeth.

Esperanza Positions

Esperanza Health Center has nine full-time and part-time positions open, ranging from physicians to administrative assistants and even a "Farm to Families" coordinator. You can view them at this link.


GriefShare is a grief recovery support group that we have been offering during the 11:00 Bible school hour in my office. Cheryl Sanfacon, a Tenth member and retired psychiatrist hosts the group using materials from the GriefShare ministry. The group runs three months. Click the GriefShare link for more information. I strongly recommend the group to anyone suffering from the loss of a loved one, especially through death. If you wish to check the group out, come this Sunday, 11:00, to my office which is on the third floor of Delancey next to 17th Street.

Sunday Services 12/16/2012

Join us this Sunday for our services.
AM (9 & 11): Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “A Son Is Given—Son of Mary” (Luke 1:26–38). Hymns: O Come, All Ye Faithful; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; What Child Is This.
Parish 2 will worship together in the Catacombs during the 11:00 service.
PM (Soli Deo Gloria 6:15): Soprano Melissa Shippen offering vocal music to the glory of God.
(6:30):  Dr. Liam Goligher preaching, “Brought before Kings” (Acts 23:12–35). Hymns: Good Christian Men, Rejoice; While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks; It Came Upon the Midnight Clear; Not in Regal Robes of Grandeur.
The service will include communion.

Christmas Flash Mob

Right in His Own Eyes

Proverbs 12:15

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.

This is the problem of the fool. Because he has a foolish perspective about himself, he cannot learn and escape from his foolishness.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1716 Progress Report

I am posting the report that Frank Harder gave at the congregational meeting. It presents the progress of the purchase of the 1716 (Alliance) building, which should be completed this week.

1716 Progress Report
Good evening.  My task this evening is to provide a status report on our efforts to acquire the Alliance building at 1716 Spruce. 
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A Response to Matthew Vines

Harvest USA has posted a paper I wrote responding to a popular youtube video in which a young man presents what he considers is the true biblical teaching about homosexuality. This link will take you to the article, which includes a link to the video.

Captain Baggs

Proud parents (Jim and Dori Baggs) have let me know that their son Colin has been promoted to the rank of captain in the army. His next assignment is Fort Benning, GA for training school.


Today is 12/12/12. It is the last day in this century that we will have such a juxtaposition of numbers. Can't have 13/13/13. Hhmm...well, that's about all I have to say about the subject.

Word and Work

Proverbs 12:14

From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,
and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.

When a person learns the truth of both statements, he will find so much of the contentment and success he finds missing. "From the fruit of his mouth" - from speaking words that are wise, words that are loving, words that are wholesome - from such speech a person will reap great reward. The reason is that he will have blessed others. And when others are blessed, they will return the blessing. They will respond with praise and with kindness.
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An International Christmas

Tenth International Fellowship is hosting a Christmas Dinner Party this Saturday, December 15, at 5:30 PM in Fellowship Hall at Tenth. International families, professionals, and students are invited along with any resident Philadelphians (Americans) who would be interested in getting to know our international community. Our dinner event will include a typical American Christmas meal, pies, instrumentals, carol singing in various languages, games, and a fabulous M.C. (Martin Whittaker). We ask any members who are attending to contribute either with food or with a monetary donation. You may RSVP and check out the food sign-up list online here. For more information, please contact Ruth at See you there!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Au pair looking for childcare work

An au pair from Japan is looking for full-time work in the Philadelphia area beginning mid-February 2013.  She currently lives with a host family in Haddonfield, NJ and attends TIF.  She has obtained qualifications as a kindergarten teacher and nursery teacher in Japan.  She is affiliated with an international au pair agency.  Further information and references are available upon request.  Please contact Kaori by email or by phone at 914-523-3389

Evidence for Noah's Flood

ABC will be showing a 2-part documentary on the underwater exploration of Robert Ballard, who is seeking evidence of a world-wide flood. Read about it hear.

New Year's Eve Watch Night Service

We will be having our annual New Year's Eve Watch Night Service. You may recall that we skipped it last year, due to it being on a Saturday night. The period of testimonies is from 9:00-10:30. Reception 10:30-11:30, and communion from 11:30-12:00.

Africa Study Bible

Bill Elliott sent this news of the publishing of the Africa Study Bible.

Greetings all.

I have in my hand a copy of the Gospel of John--Africa Study Bible.  It has finally happened! It is the New Living Translation with the notes produced by African church leaders and pastors for the people of Africa.  I encourage you to take a look at the presentation on youtube. 

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Help Wanted

Help Wanted on December 22: Two Strong Men

Would you like to make some extra Christmas gift money right before Christmas?! I need to move some furniture from my small rowhouse in Upper Darby, PA to a residence in Stratford, NJ on Saturday, December 22 at 12:30pm. I will pay each of you at least $100 or $20/hr and the cost of transportation/toll. Please contact Kee at or 215-834-9982 for more information.

Ensnared or Vindicated

Proverbs 12:13

An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
but the righteous escapes from trouble.

However he might, the evil person will ensnare himself because he cannot always keep up a false appearance. A powerful political person was caught on tape speaking threats against those who would oppose him. He apologized for a lapse of character, but in truth, the image he tried to convey publicly is a lapse of his real character. The heart, sooner or later, will reveal itself.
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New Jersey Disaster Relief

From Arklie Hooten, PCA Disaster Relief: "I am asking God to provide a team that can roll up to South River, NJ to gut the home of immigrants that was flooded up to the 3 foot level by Sandy. Really a sad situation as the family is still in the house. These folks are part of the local PCA congregation. Teams that can day trip out of the Philly, Allentown, Easton area are desired. You can make a real difference with your service. Let me know---I'm praying for a team to step up and adopt this family until they are back on their feet." If you are able to help, contact Arklie at (678) 294-3011.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Messner to Atlanta

Former Tenth Associate Minister Aaron Messner has received a call to serve as Senior Minister of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Below is a picture taken at a Covenant College chapel service, where Aaron served as college chaplain.
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CCRA's Meet the Superintendent

Tenth is hosting a CCRA town hall type meeting with newly installed School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite this Wednesday, December 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 8::00 p.m. The meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall.

Facebook Competition

I have competition. Tenth has a Facebook page that is managed by Sarah (Fletcher) Boghosian. Sarah is our new website manager for the new website that will be appearing sometime in the spring. But she evidently is too eager to wait until then. Here is a recent email sent to the staff.
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Neither Fruitful, Nor Multiplying

An interesting article in the PCA's denominational magazine, byFaith, on the decline of fertility rates everywhere. Click here.

Christmas Choir Competition

One of Robert Joubert's (the guy with the wonderful bass voice and directs the women's chorus) school choirs has been selected as a semi-finalist in the B101 radio (101.1 FM) Christmas Choir Competition. They are 1 of 9 schools and the only school from NJ. They will compete on Monday - today! People can listen and vote today from 7:15am - 9:00pm at: I do not want to influence your vote, but...

Bearing Good Fruit

 Proverbs 12:12

Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers, 
but the root of the righteous bears fruit. 

The wicked sees the ill-gotten gain of other wicked persons and concludes that their way is the way of success. The wicked respect successful wicked people. They want to be like them. In a perverted way, they think that obtaining "success" by evil deeds is clever, even honorable, as they desire above all to have the same success. Indeed, best of all would be to take away from the very persons they admire.
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