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SPEAK Mar 17 ⋅ by Ray Withers 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, 1501 S. 7th Street. Most of its students receive English language services. A while back, one of its teachers, Yoon Park, wife of Mercy Ministries assistant, Joe Park, invited IO to offer an ESL program to the parents of the students.  

Parents from this mixed community of Mexican, Central American, and Vietnamese immigrants have a heartfelt incentive to learn English. They want to be a part of their children’s education, and learning English is e...
Unhelpful Help Mar 10 ⋅ by Kyle Mangum “‘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?
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Thoughts on Coronavirus Mar 4 ⋅ by Gavin Lymberopoulos and Jerry Jacob 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 o...
How Are We Made Whole? Feb 25 ⋅ by Kelly Kapic and Brian Fikkert 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 b...
Opioid Overview Feb 20 ⋅ by Woody Chipman 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.
A Vision Feb 5 ⋅ by Liam Goligher 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...
True Paideia For Your Soul Feb 5 ⋅ by Gavin Lymberopoulos 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 thoughts. When we receive ...
The Importance of College Fellowship Jan 23 ⋅ by Jared Cochrum 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 Importance of Internationals Worship Jan 23 ⋅ by Enrique Leal 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 gi...

In Print

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June 2019

Within The Shadows  by Travers Oliver

The Church as Mentor   by Douglas E. Baker

A New Hope   by Karen Swoyer

Equipping the Littlest Kingdom-Bearers   by Julia P.

When Mourning Comes    by Douglas E. Baker

Outreach Partners of the Week

F and N  Week of May 5

Todd and Kathleen   Week of May 12

C and K   Week of May 19

Phil and Joy   Week of May 26

G and G   Week of June 2

Neil & Wannee   Week of June 9

Jonas & Pattie Stava   Week of June 16

Jonathan Bromhead   Week of June 23

Place of Refuge   Week of June 30

April 2019

Worthy is the Lamb!   by Colin Howland 

Easter Pancake Breakfast    by Dora Phan

Easter Sacrificial Offering   by Dan Kunkle 

Sent Out as Sheep Among Wolves   by Douglas E. Baker 

Outreach Partner of the Week

John & Lori Kempen   March 31-April 6

Rock Spring Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church    April 7-13

Forgotten Voices International   April 14-20

Merkinch Church Plant   April 21-27

Integration House   April 28-May 5

March 2019

Serving God with One Accord by Jared Cochrum 

Westminster Brass by James W. Hala 

A Window into Adult Bible School by Deryck Barson 

Have Mercy. Follow Jesus. by David Apple 

Outreach Partner of the Week

Dennis & Judy  March 3-9

Lani Shade March 10-16

Joe March 17-23

Matt & Tara M March 24-30

John and Lori Kempen March 31-April 6

January 2019

God Is at Work in Our Midst    by Megan Siegle and Pam Nothacker 

Death Becomes Us    by Douglas E. Baker

Trinitarian Comfort    by Douglas E. Baker

Tenth Women's Committee   by Earline Schmid & Phil Scribano

The Friendship Factor    by Douglas E. Baker

Becoming a Student of Culture    by Debbie Langford

Outreach Partners of the Week

Nelly Vos    January 6-12

Jon & Mary    January 13-19

S & V    January 20-26

The City School    January 27-February 2

Stuart & Meriel Cashman    February 3-9

BoonChu   February 10-16

Liviu Lepadatu    February 17-23

Harvest USA    February 24-March 2

December 2018

Incarnation Matters    by Douglas E. Baker

Comfort & Joy    by Colin Howland

Who is Jesus?    by George McFarland

Surprised Foreigners Know About It   by Gavin Lymberopoulos

Outreach Partners of the Week

    Michael & Pearl Oh  December 2-8

    AlphaCare  December 9-15

    The C Family  December 16-22

    Partner Kids  December 23-29

    Hal & Rebekah  December 30 - January 5

November 2018

Electing Nominees

Leadership in Christ's Church   by Liam Goligher

Commissional   by Liam Goligher

New Mercies   by Debbie Langford

Immigrants & Refugees   by Mim Tilton

Outreach Partners of the Week

     Todd & Kathleen  November 4-10

     Esperanza Health Center  November 11-17

     Matt & Tara  November 18-24

     John & Terri  November 25 - December 1

October 2018

Ethnicity, Arrogance, and the Call of Christ   by Carroll Wynne

A Journey to Connect   by Ray Withers

Learning to Love through Stories   by Megan Siegle

A Modern Reformation   by Douglas E. Baker

Outreach Partners of the Week:

    Omar & Jennifer Cedeño  September 30 - October 6

    Calvin & Geeta  October 7-13

    Paul & Maggie Franks  October 14-20

    Moses & Eunice Wong  October 21-27

    Koji & Marcia  October 28 - November 3

September 2018

In Perfect Faithfulness  by Dora Phan & Maranatha Students and Leaders 

A Gospel Culture on Campus  by Douglas E. Baker

Music & Discipleship  by Colin Howland

Outreach Partners of the Week:

    John & Lori Kempen  September 2-8

    Ed & Tili  September 9-15

    Norm & Alison MacKay  September 16-22

    Whosoever Gospel Mission  September 23-29

    Omar & Jennifer Cedeño  September 30 - October 6