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For decades, the Lord has steadily introduced Tenth members to vulnerable people in Philadelphia. As we are all now aware, to use a word like vulnerable is now a massive understatement. Before the COVID-19 crisis, Tenth’s immigrants and homeless neighbors lacked basic resources. As we are now more than 75 days into the lockdown, any margin these neighbors built into their life has dissolved and the relationships developed through the…

Jesus  says that the greatest commandment is this: “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, and mind.” And the second greatest commandment is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our Lord tells the parable of the Good Samaritan in response to the following question: “So, Jesus, who is my neighbor anyway?”

In the parable a man is injured by robbers and…

We as a church have placed our hope in the “Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” Nevertheless, because of the truly unprecedented nature of this moment, each week the pastors and ministry leaders  have spent time changing. Changing plans. Changing expectations. Changing our strategy. What has not changed is our belief that all of us need to meet with God by the…

The immeasurable significance of Holy Week is perhaps best attested by the amount of space given to recording its events in the gospels. From the total of 89 chapters in the four gospel accounts, 29 chapters are devoted to describing what Jesus said and did from Palm Sunday to Easter. Not only this, but each gospel is composed so the reader can clearly understand that there is an inexorable movement…

In a previous Tenth Press article, we spoke about the work the Lord is doing through our Global Partners and the two relief projects we’re supporting for our 2020 Easter Sacrificial Offering (ESO). If you haven’t had a chance to read it, you can find it here.

In that article we distinguished between relief work and development work. Relief work provides an immediate solution to a pressing…

Each year as we celebrate the Lord’s resurrection at Easter, the Global Outreach Commission seeks out beneficiaries for our annual Easter Sacrificial Offering (ESO). This offering is collected and distributed to those who are working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the global church in some of the harshest parts of the world.

This year we’re excited to announce that after much deliberation and prayer, the…

Mar 17

SPEAK

ESL at Kirkbride Elementary School

On March 3, we presented a gift of chocolates to the adult ESL student who won the contest to name the onsite ESL program. Submissions were numerous and included the following words: speak, learn English, class, program, South Philly, and community. For now, though, I need to back up.

Tenth’s Mercy Commission includes the South Philadelphia Immigrant Committee, which oversees an ESL outreach program to the adult community from the Kirkbride School…

“‘We are in the very bowels of hell,’ I thought to myself.” So said Brian Fikkert, development economist and founder and president of the Chalmers Center of Covenant College, recalling his observation of poverty so dire that surely anything—anything at all—he could do would help alleviate the suffering of the unfortunate souls so afflicted by it. Right?

Wrong, argues Fikkert in When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty

Each year as we celebrate the Lord’s resurrection at Easter, the Global Outreach Commission seeks out beneficiaries for our annual Easter Sacrificial Offering (ESO). This offering is collected and distributed to those who are working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the global church in some of the harshest parts of the world.

This year we’re excited to announce that after much deliberation and prayer, the…

As of March 2, close to 90,000 people worldwide have been affected with the novel corona virus, including about 100 cases in the US. As the virus continues to spread across the nation and world, Tenth’s leadership has thought and prayed about how we should respond. Thankfully, one of our Deacons, Dr. Jerry Jacob (Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Penn Medicine and the Director of Infection Prevention at Good…

On March 20 & 21, join us as Brian Fikkert shares insights from his books at the Mercy Conference.  Learn more from this video of Fikkert and Kelly Kapic describing the books, and register for the conference here.  The video is transcribed below. 

About ten years ago, Steve Corbett and I had the privilege of coauthoring the book When Helping Hurts and God blessed that book beyond…

As believers, we often dream of doing great things for God’s kingdom here on earth. We want to be part of something much bigger than ourselves. And many times, this dream causes us to look to some future time or large ministry as the solution. However, Jesus often spoke of looking to the needs of our neighbors and those most vulnerable as some of the highest callings for his disciples.

For the last two decades, downtown Philadelphia has experienced a renaissance. Individuals from numerous ethnicities are putting down roots near the church by seeking advanced degrees, establishing careers, and in some cases starting families. Real estate prices, high ranking public elementaries, and new skyscrapers serve as constant reminders of change. 

With all of this said, most of these people are hostile to the exclusive claims of biblical Christianity…

We live in a culture obsessed with productivity books. If you want to use time or money more wisely, there are endless resources available. None of this is a surprise. We all feel the demand on our resources, and we want to be more disciplined in how we approach life. There is great wisdom to be found in these books, but they only discipline our actions or at best our…

One of my favorite parts of working in college ministry for Tenth is that there is no gap between Tenth College Fellowship (TCF) and the church where students are able to encounter and worship the living God. This kind of proximity between campus and worship is essential to the discipleship and growth of the students who are a part of our congregation and who are becoming true worshipers of the…