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This post was originally a letter sent to our pastors by a member. 

Here are some of the many things that I have learned at Tenth.

1. I learned that our minds and our intellects are gifts from God and are to be used to worship, glorify, and grow in love for him. One of the many aspects of Tenth Church that my husband, Rich…

After a foreign preacher presented the gospel to a group of people in Asia, a local pastor asked if it might be better to train an indigenous person to preach to his countrymen. The pastor went so far as to express his desire for “believers in [Asia] to think of the gospel as uniquely their own and to be surprised when they learn that foreigners also know about it.” [1] The pastor’s intention…

What has really been happening these last few weeks? I believe that we have been engaged in an exercise in corporate sanctification. Why corporate? Because most of the New Testament epistles address the body of Christ, the church, as a whole. In fact, the Lord has been addressing corporate sin in the body of Christ that goes deeper and broader than the headline issue on the table.

Through…

Though only days away from our governmental midterm elections, we are also approaching the annual election of elders, deacons, and deaconesses to their various posts in our church. 

As a Presbyterian church, our leaders are elected from a pool of nominees to represent and serve the members of the church.  All Christians are to be engaged in service to the world and each other, but special responsibilities for…

What does leadership look like in Christ’s Church? To begin to answer that question we need to remind ourselves that leadership works at different levels:

  • Christ is the king and head of the Church and his laws expressed in Scripture rule his assembly.
  • The apostles provide the divine revelation on which the Church’s order and ordinances are constructed.
  • Elders sitting on Session have delegated authority…

This world is full of sorrow because it is full of sin. It is a dark place. It is a lonely place. It is a disappointing place. The brightest sunbeam in it is a friend. Friendship halves our troubles and doubles our joys.  —J.C. Ryle

As I watched people pass the casket to look upon the lifeless body of a young man who died of a…

If you’re new to Tenth, you may have wondered about our rather unique way of organizing our corporate life around a series of commissions. There are four principal commissions—Outreach, Mercy, Kingdom Discipleship, and The Trustees. A commission of Session, unlike a committee, can make decisions as if it were Session.

Among the benefits of the commissions is the inclusion of people from the wider church in specific projects…

“Let every kindred, every tribe
On this terrestrial ball,
To him all majesty ascribe,
And crown him Lord of all.”

Each year, on the first Sunday of November, I stood in the family pew and joyously sang the fifth verse of “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.” As international flags were paraded through the sanctuary and hung from the balcony, I imagined…

As a new committee under the Mercy Commission, the Immigrant & Refugee (I&R) Committee is planning ongoing care and support for our refugee family, the Asukulus, over the next five years. The children are: Mercredi (male, 18); Shikasana (male, 15); Nyemia (female, 12); Alpha (male, 10); and Vision (male, 7).

After fleeing the violent, war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa and living in Tanzanian and…

God is doing a new thing at Tenth. The ministries that have found their home in the newly formed Mercy Commission are finding fresh synergy as God broadens our understanding of the word “mercy.” Through the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus described compassion shown to another whose life journey had placed him in unexpected circumstances. Even the Pharisees could identify this kindness, untainted by their “greater and holier than…

“I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me, Amen.” —Martin Luther, April 18, 1521, Diet of Worms

The world of the early 16th Century could accurately be…

The stories we read as children helped bring our imaginations to life. They took us to places we could never imagine and taught us lessons through extraordinary circumstances. While we do not live in a world with knights in shining armor or magical creatures, in stories we see their heroic acts display what bravery looks like in action. In C.S Lewis’ novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the…

Oct 4, 2018

A Journey to Connect

Reflections on Making Connections with Missionaries

For a long time, I have wanted to connect with a Tenth missionary in a personal, ongoing way. I envisioned knowing about their country and neighborhood, purpose of their mission, needs that I could help meet, and concerns that I could pray for. I’ve been following missionary news by praying through the monthly Outreach Prayer Calendar, attending some of the Sunday morning breakfasts with global partners, and listening to the…

Racism, in all its evil forms, militates against our Christ and his call to be his Church. Perhaps in part, it is our failure to understand the value our Creator-God embedded in those he made in his image (cf. Genesis 1:27-28). 

In the beginning, all was good and fruitful, but following the break caused by that original sin, humans became immediately separated from their Maker and increasingly distanced from each…

Next to the Bible, Pilgrim’s Progress has been one of the most published books in the English Language. One of the most poignant scenes is when Christian (the main character of the book) stands with his friend Hopeful as their journey through the wilderness of this world is about to end and they see in the distance the Celestial City. One barrier remains: a great river. The river is very…