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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…

The universal church is a clear demonstration of God‘s sovereign power. Think about this for a moment.  People from all nations gather together on the Lord’s Day with the same purpose, to worship God. Though we have various expressions of worship around the world, the Holy Spirit has the sovereign power to keep us together in one mind, which is to give glory and honor to the giver and sustainer…

Jan 7

On Nature and Nature’s God

A Review of J.V. Fesko’s Reforming Apologetics

The twentieth century was unkind to classical Reformed theology. While theological conservatives often blame liberals for undermining traditional Protestant doctrines, the staunchest conservatives and the neo-Orthodox also revised several key doctrines. One such was the doctrine of natural revelation. In his otherwise thunderous “Nein!” to Emil Brunner’s defense of natural theology, Karl Barth granted that Brunner was right about the tradition: the Reformers and their successors believed that God revealed…

Join us for the 2020 Worship Conference as we learn from Dr. John V. Fesko, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Fesko will guide our thoughts as we consider how the worship of God should motivate our apologetic. In addition to Dr. Fesko’s lecture, we’ll have workshops on prayer, Biblical exposition, and the sacraments. Dinner will be served Friday evening and light refreshments will be…

Dec 22, 2019

Venite Adoremus

2019 Lessons & Carols

“For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2)

How does Christmas motivate you? How does it shape your calendar during the final weeks of the year?  Is it a time filled with activity, or a time for you to stay out of the fray? Each year when Christmas is on the horizon, we anticipate the emotions which come with the season. We see Christmas in our future, and what we foresee Christmas being like determines much of what…

The story of Esperanza Health Center (EHC) is a story of God’s faithfulness, and Tenth Church has been a vital part of this story. Since 2001, Tenth has supported Esperanza for a total of $177,646. The mission of EHC is fulfilled in cooperation with the church and others—this is unchanged in over 30 years of service. No patient is turned away because of inability to pay, and thousands of…

Nov 5, 2019

Of Mercy and Grace

David Apple’s Mission to Philadelphia

Born in the shadow of New York City, David Apple never knew life apart from urban America. As the grandson of Russian immigrants, he quickly learned as a child that life in Patterson, New Jersey, was not for the faint of heart. His high school days at Eastside High School proved to be a challenge from the start. Apple was a bookish sort of young man—always interested in reading and…

Mention of the Protestant Reformation still evokes passion 502 years after Martin Luther nailed 95 statements to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany. Luther’s “theses,” as they are commonly known, begin with a call to an ongoing personal repentance in the life of every true Christian and end with a statement of assurance grounding believers in the knowledge that “through many tribulations” they will enter the kingdom of their God.

When Neil White reported to prison on May 3, 1993 after being convicted of bank fraud, he did not realize that Carville, Louisiana, not only housed a penal colony, but also the nation’s only remaining leper colony. Those suffering from Hansen’s disease (the formal name for leprosy) lived their lives in seclusion alongside prisoners—many of whom were convicted of white-collar crime. Before stealing almost $750,000 from several banks, White’s dream…

We are reminded of the relational realities for the early church, and the importance placed on time together, as an integral aspect of the fellowship of believers.  More specifically, Luke described in Acts 2, “…they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”  Well, when we think of “breaking of bread”, we know and embrace the vital sacrament of the Lord’s…

Sep 17, 2019

In Kensington, the Freedom to Serve God Boldly

A Report of the 2019 Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute

I pulled my car to the front of the church building and saw that the police had already arrived. Nick stood on the sidewalk talking to the pastor, both looking at Nick’s car with its window broken, shattered glass filling the driver’s seat, sidewalk and curb. Nick, a Philadelphia medical student and participant in the Summer Medical Institute (SMI), had parked his car beside the church the night before, and…