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Top 10: Top Posts for 2010

Top 10It is time for my annual list of the most popular posts for the years. All posts were posted this year.  I re-posted videos for posts that features just a video.  Three of the most popular posts for the year featured videos. Another trend was that three Top 10 lists were among the most popular posts this year.

#10: Top 10: Happy 40th Sesame Street.

Today’s top 10 is in honor of Sesame Street’s 40th birthday.  As a child we would watch   Sesame Street right before watching my dad on the evening news.  Sesame Street and later School House Rock contributed greatly to my education. Today’s list is a combination of favorites and things I learned from Sesame Street. MoreHappy 40th Sesame Street

 

Ernest and Ronel along with others waiting to get out of Haiti are still stuck in the U.S. Embassy. Earlier today they were told my officials in the U.S. embassy it they got a flight they could leave the country.  Well, Ernest got a flight and it seems that the officials in the U.S. embassy had no intention of letting  them leave Haiti.  The staff is being difficult and  causing unnecessarily causing delays. Read More.
Note: For live updates check out Ernest Parker’s Twitter.
I am re-posting this from Aaron Ivey’s blog. The Ivey’s were in the process of adopting from Haiti when the earthquake hit. Their son Amos was one of the children with Humanitarian parole who came home last Saturday on a military flight. 27 children from the Real Hope for Haiti rescue center were supposed to be on that flight, all of them except Ronel were allowed to leave. Apparently, he was missing one piece of paper. More

#10: Cars (2006) — Racing champion Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) ends up being stranded in the  tiny town of Radiator Springs and in the process tears up the town.  The town judge Doc Hudson (Paul Newman) sentences Lightning community service to repair the damages.  In the process Lightening learns some valuable lessons about life from  Sally (Bonny Hunt),  Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) and the other locals. MoreCars

#6: Is Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

After the Extreme Makeover Build in Gainesville, Florida I begin hearing rumors about the show that trouble me. After doing some investigation I have been able to confirm one of the rumors. It seems that some recipients of the homes have lost their home because they cannot afford the mortgage, increased taxes and/or increased utilities bills. … Read More.

Season 7: Episode 18 -- Wagstaff Family
Season 7: Episode 18 -- Wagstaff Family

#5: Holy Week 2010: Monday.

41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. 42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. 43 After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, 44 because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends. …. More

#4: Sounds of the Season 2010: Hallelujah Chorus Flash Mob Style.

Posted November 30 this one has quickly become one of the most popular posts of the year.

#3: Top 10: Signs You Might be A Nerd.

This post was inspired by a recent conversation with The Big Guy. For some unexplained reason our conversation evolved or eroded to a discussion about our favorite search engine from back in the day (late 90′s/early 2000s). Read More.

#2: Dancing in the Mine Fields by Andrew Peterson

When I post videos I like to include something about the artist or song. I think Andrew’s description of the inspiration for this song is better than anything I might write.

In December of 2009 my wife and I celebrated fifteen years of marriage. A few days later, we got in a silly argument and I wrote this song after she went to bed. Marriage, see, was God’s idea. It’s one of the most potent metaphors in all of Scripture for the way God loves us and the way we’re to let ourselves be loved by him. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. To the contrary, it’s fraught with peril. Any good marriage involves a thousand deaths to self—the good news is, in Christ that marriage involves at least as many resurrections. We lay our lives down and enter this perilous dance with another human being who has done the same. Why should we expect to emerge unscathed? Read the original post (Link to Peterson’s website)

#1: One Minute Sermon

Tamara Lowe packs a lot in under two minutes. This was originally shared at  Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach area Florida.

Help Ronel Come Home

Note: For live updates check out Ernest Parker’s Twitter.

I am re-posting this from Aaron Ivey’s blog. The Ivey’s were in the process of adopting from Haiti when the earthquake hit. Their son Amos was one of the children with Humanitarian parole who came home last Saturday on a military flight. 27 children from the Real Hope for Haiti rescue center were supposed to be on that flight, all of them except Ronel were allowed to leave. Apparently, he was missing one piece of paper.

Soon after the earthquake humanitarian parole was issued to expedite the process for pending adoptions in Haiti. These are not new adoptions but ones that had already been in the works for months or even years. However, this week UNICEF stepped in and wants to slow the process down. Because of UNICEF’s new involvement, the process has once again been stalled for people in legit pending adoptions, such as Ronel.  The US is deciding to comply with a request from the Haitian government. That request is to approve all children who leave the country after they have been cleared by the United States. France and Canada have not complied and are getting their waiting children home.

Ronel and his family  Ernest & Debra Parker are now caught in this new red tape. (Read more of the story on Debra’s blog) Ernest is now in Haiti with Ronel and they having been sleeping on the floor of the U.S. Embassy.   They need our help NOW!

Here is how you can help:

  • Please pray for this situation to be resolved swiftly
  • Spend time contacting these officials listed below
  • Pass along to as many friends as possible to join the Parker’s side.

SOME TALKING POINTS: Be specific about the Parkers, the adoption is already finalized but red tape is delaying their release, sleeping on the floor in PAP at the US embassy, please do all you can to help, etc..  **contacting Congressman Poe by all means below is encouraged

U.S Congressman Ted Poe
Washington office – 202-225-6565
Kingwood,Tx office – 281-446-0242
Facebook: Ted Poe
Twitter: JudgeTedPoe

Raymond Joseph
Haitian Ambassador to US

embassy@haiti.org
p 202-332-4090
f 202-745-7215

Kenneth H Merten
US Ambassador to Haiti

Tabarre 41, Blvd 15 Octobre
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Haiti-earthquake@state.gov
P 509 22 29 8000
F 509 22 29 8028

Hilary Clinton/Dept of State
U.S. Department of State

2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
Main Switchboard:
202-647-4000

Because of UNICEF’s new involvement, the process has once again been stalled for people in legit pending adoptions, such as Ronel.  Ernest got word that the US is deciding to comply with a request from the Haitian government. That request is to approve of all children who leave the country after they have been cleared by the United States. France and Canada have not complied and are getting their waiting children home.

Between the Beauty & Chaos Blog Tour

Check out Aaron Ivey’s new release Between Beauty & Chaos. It is available now on iTunes.

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The new full-length album centers around God’s faithfulness and beauty, and the church’s response to injustice, poverty, and orphans. The 10 song album reflects a heart for the Kingdom of God here and now, between the beauty and the chaos.

Movie Review and More: America

americamovieLast weekend America debuted on Lifetime.  I don’t usually like Lifetime movies but I found their newest offering interesting.  America recounts the plight of 16 year-old America who has grown up in the foster care system. Due to circumstances he ends up in a youth treatment center where encounters Dr. Maureen Brennan (Rosie O’Donnell). The movie is an adaptation of the  book America by E.R. Frank.

The movie draws attention to a serious problem we have in our country. There are thousands of children in foster care many of whom will eventually age out of the system.  At 18 or 21 in the state of New York these young adults are left to fend for themselves. While some may be prepared for the future or have a support system to help with the transition to adulthood many do not.