This is the most hilarious and visual parenting advice for you new parents.
For the first year of our new church, the only children were our two daughters [then 2-years-old and 1 month]. We’ve since been privileged with another kid [son] but the early years were difficult for our children because they really didn’t have anyone to hang out with at church. I still remember preaching with my baby daughter on my back during the early months.
The children’s ministry has since grown immensely as we average about 70 infants and children spread between the 9.15am and 11am services [no children’s ministry at the 5pm]. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve had numerous births with more babies coming. So, I thought it would be pastorally wise to give these new and expectant parents [and blog visitors] some heartfelt parenting advice.
Have you seen this video of Susan Boyle – from Britain’s Got Talent? She has a very unique story: 47 years old, charity worker, and never been kissed or on a date; Currently unemployed; and her previous singing experience was limited to the church choir and karaoke!
She was starved of oxygen at birth and has learning difficulties as a result. At school she was slow and had frizzy hair. She was bullied, mostly verbally. She told one newspaper that her classmates’ jibes left behind the kind of scars that don’t heal.
She didn’t have boyfriends, is a stranger to romance and has never been kissed. “Shame,” she said. Singing was her life-raft.
She lived with her parents in a four-bedroom council house and, when her father died a decade ago, she cared for her mother and sang in the church choir. [source]
I guess I have a soft spot with these things – but what I love the most isn’t just merely the discovery of someone with extraordinary talent but the humbling and inspiration that takes place…in all of us. There are lessons to be learned.
Notice the sneers, looks, judgments, and assumptions that nearly everyone makes – including the respective judges. The change of “perception” (judgment? -> wonder) in the faces of the judges – especially Simon Cowell – are a sight to see. And to be fair to them, I get it…
Yesterday, I asked this blog community to post some of their most influential films. Reading people’s contributions got me thinking all day about some of those films. I shared four on my entry yesterday and am adding a few more to comprise my Top 10 ‘most influential films’ today for the heck of it.
One of the films is JoyLuck Club because it hits home in many ways. I just couldn’t measure up to my older brothers. I’m embarrassed to say that I cried like a baby when I saw this film since this hurts my street cred as an ultimate fighter angry asian man. But oh well. Here’s the ‘Best Quality Heart’ scene from YouTube. Anyone else?
A month ago, I asked my readers a simple question about “the book that influenced you” and was encouraged by peoples’ responses since there were books I hadn’t even heard of. So, in that vein, I’m asking another simple question today to balance out an intense blog week with posts about abortion and oppression of women. I want to thank folks for engaging in such thoughtful and respectful dialogue. One of my hopes in blogging is to create a level of Community and Conversation – all while hoping to direct people to the life of Christ.
In addition to “regulars” sharing their answers, I am especially inviting the lurkers and quiet blog readers to chime in. No one will bite your head off. This is your chance to join in and become one of the cool people.
Here’s the question:
What are the films that have influenced you the most and why?
Here is my list. Some may question the inclusion of some of these films but they fulfill my requirements –
a compelling story
a larger societal impact and message
I make these recommendations not simply because I’m Korean-American and have a healthy level of pride in Korean art & culture but because anyone that knows anything about film can attest how the Korean film industry is making some serious waves around the world. Each year, you will see an increasing number of films being entered into international film festivals (and some that have walked away with notable prizes such as Oldboy in the 2004 Cannes film festival). With the emergence of Asian film festivals in growing urban cities around the world, you’ll be learning more and more about Korean actors, actresses, directors, and films. Continue reading “10 best korean movies/films”