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The immeasurable significance of Holy Week is perhaps best attested by the amount of space given to recording its events in the gospels. From a 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…

“that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings…”

—Philippians 3:10

This is what the Easter Sacrificial Offering at Tenth Presbyterian Church is all about. Because we have experienced the power of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, which we celebrate at Easter, we give sacrificially. We give sacrificially to ministries that bring aid to those who share in…

Feb 28

Westminster Brass

A Brass Quintet Performing for the Glory of God

In celebration of a ministry that has spanned forty-three years, Westminster Brass, in our final season, will present a “Concert of Thanksgiving” at Tenth Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 2:00 PM. We are truly thankful for God’s blessing on our ministry these many years and for all of the friends and acquaintances we have made during our time together. It is out of our affection for God…

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end” (Lamentations. 3:22). “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). Both the Old and New Testaments contain the truth of God’s mercy and the command to act similarly. For the Hebrew nation, it meant obeying the law and the prophets. New Testament believers were commanded and encouraged to follow the Lord's commandments of Christ to…

Last summer a medical and a nursing student walked into a small bodega in the Hispanic neighborhood of Hunting Park in North Philadelphia. They wore scrubs, stethoscopes around their necks, and carried a medical backpack filled with health assessment forms, educational handouts, and supplies needed to carry out basic health screens for reading a person’s blood sugar, blood pressure, and body mass index. The temperature was in the 90s and…

At the forefront of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) is the exhortation to go and make disciples. Jesus says that the discipling of the nations is to be done by baptizing and teaching them to observe all his commands. In other words, discipleship follows the order of baptism unto instruction and obedience, which is true of all members of God’s covenant household. This is the biblical picture of the church…

Feb 12

Seeking Hope

Suicides on the Rise in Tenth's Backyard

In April of 2016, Olivia Kong, a junior at Wharton College, took her own life at 40th Street Station. Her death sent shockwaves through the University of Pennsylvania, as students reacted with a mix of horror, sadness, and frustration. Ultimately, her death helped bring further attention to the difficult topic of suicide, which is becoming an increasingly serious problem nationally, and a near epidemic at Penn, where fourteen students (including…

It’s 2:00 AM, and the sounds of college students are still rumbling through the house. Some are playing a game, some are laughing together as they chat, and all are enjoying the freedom that comes from no class the next morning. Eventually, the group will dwindle down to a few stubborn stragglers who keep talking, while the rest collapse and get a few hours of sleep before the next day…

The Kingdom Discipleship Commission (KDC) exists “to grow Tenth as a God-centered fellowship of loving disciples in Christ who apply the gospel to all of life and share a total commitment to advance the kingdom of God in our neighborhood, our city, and our world.”

Did you know such a commission exists? Established in ages past (12 years ago?), its charter was to foster spiritual growth within Tenth…

It’s 8:25am on the first day back after Christmas break, and there’s a whirlwind of excitement on Delancey Street. However, no one is more excited than Sam today. It seems like it has been forever and ever since he last saw his friends. But wait! He sees a car pull up and just knows that his friend Sarah is in there. Sam leaps out of his stroller, peers around…

“The doctrine of the Trinity, taken literally, has no practical relevance at all.” 

—Immanuel Kant 

How great the number of modern Christians who would agree with Kant’s assessment! The Holy Trinity—if mentioned at all—seemingly has no benefit to the modern understanding other than some sort of clever formulation for an orthodoxy of the obscurant. Kelly Kapic, professor of theological studies at Covenant College, is…

As we approach the end of another year, we are grateful to God for his sustaining mercies, his sovereign purposes, and the reassurance of his covenant promise that he is with us. For many, the new year can be a time of mixed emotions as one remembers a year filled with blessing and trial, celebration and loss. As the Scriptures teach us, we are not without hope. Our hope is neither fleeting nor vain. Our hope…

Our meeting at the International Cooperation Department at our university in China was to be a routine meet-and-greet. Our foreign affairs officer offered us water. Not thirsty, we declined. She made some welcoming comments and then offered water again. We declined again, and as the meeting started she placed two bottles of water in front of us. Her English was excellent, we had said “No, thanks,” and we proceeded to drink the water we had been given. Wait a minute…what?  

This past quarter in the Adult Bible School our class looked at the topic, “Who Is Jesus? Mistakes Concerning the Identity of Christ.” Certainly, this was not an exhaustive series, but we did look at a limited number of New Testament characters who were faced with this very critical question. As in our day, people continue to seek to reckon with the deity and authority of Jesus of Nazareth. Though…