Saturday, January 23, 2016

Repost: Asking Questions

Roughly every other week this blog will feature a reposted work. I had been a contributor on two different sites that have since closed or no longer include blogs. I will be reposting pieces that had originally been featured on one of these two sites.  

This was originally posted October 17, 2011

Many little wisps of ideas have passed through my mind since I posted my last blog but none have settled.  I tend to notice things and make connections and then write as I reflect on that.  Frankly, I’ve been bewildered lately.  There are so many “things” to notice.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Promoting a Book, While Reflecting on Promoting a Book.

I contributed to a book again.

The last one was devotions for Advent, reflective readings for the Christmas season to refocus the reader to remember that Christ came to earth as a human baby.

The first book was uplifting in theme and overtly worshipful.

This second book is a little different than that.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Looking for ISAIAH in the Bible

My son is always very excited to get his hands on my Bible.
It’s not that we’ve instilled in him a thirst for the word of God. He’s not seeking truth or relationship with God. We haven’t yet explained to him that the ESV is THE hippest Bible to read. He’s not looking at the colorful maps in the back or the red letters in the gospels or my notes and scribbles throughout. 

He’s looking for page 683, where it says, in big letters “ISAIAH”.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Repost: The Dragon We Got

Every other week my blog will feature a reposted work. I had been a contributor on two different sites that have since closed or no longer include blogs. I will be reposting pieces that had originally been featured on one of these two sites.  

This was originally posted October 06, 2011


About a year ago I wrote a reflection about trusting God in the process of adopting our son, Isaiah, from India.  I borrowed Donald Miller’s comparison of a father to a Dragon which he made in his book To Own a Dragon and applied it to a son.  For me a son seemed just as unattainable as a father was to Miller, as unattainable as a dragon.  I borrowed from Ursula Le Guin’s mythology of dragons found in her Earthsea Cycle to illustrate how special and magnificent my son was.  I concluded by affirming the faithfulness of God in keeping his promise to deliver Isaiah to my wife and me.  I referred to God as The Giver of Dragons.
Soon after that writing administrative pieces fell into place and we flew to India to meet our Dragon. 
A little under a year ago we brought home the dragon we got.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Reminders of Relationship

We named our second son, Enoch Shant Arunav Begg.

Enoch was taken from Genesis 5:24
"Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him."
We want our son to walk with God. It also states that Jared was the father of Enoch, so that’s a nice bonus.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Repost: Oh The Cleverness of this Title!

Every other week my blog will feature a reposted work. I had been a contributor on two different sites that have since closed or no longer include blogs. I will be reposting pieces that had originally been featured on one of these two sites.  

This was originally posted October 06, 2011

Peter Pan

The Peter Pan Complex (or Syndrome) is term some psychologists have used to describe a grown man who acts like a boy.  A man with Peter Pan Syndrome refuses to grow up emotionally and psychologically just as Peter Pan refused to grow up... entirely.  
I exhibit this a little, but I try to realize it and grow beyond it (pun intended). 
My personal Peter Pan Syndrome is a little different than this.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

On Character and Union

A little over a year ago I took my son, Isaiah, to an event on campus.
If I remember correctly, we arrived a few minutes after the scheduled start time; things were still getting set up.
We stood in line at a table providing crushed ice and cotton candy; the cotton candy machine wasn’t fully warmed up and ready.
Cotton Candy

Isaiah chose the cotton candy over the shaved ice so we waited.
We were in a line that wasn’t open yet, and we were at the end of that line, so we waited.
We saw people coming to the shaved ice line, getting their refreshment, and going along their way.
And still we waited.

This was only about four minutes but to Isaiah it was painfully long.

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