Friday, October 5, 2007

What's "Dropping Swords?"

At first, I really struggled with the title of my blog. In fact, it was the difficulty of trying to come up with a title that began to delay the creation of the blog in the first place...a situation that I started to consider pretty stupid. After thinking for too long on the subject, I decided that my blog wasn't going to be primarily a bunch of news about various events taking place in my life. That did away with such titles as "Buerger Cast" and "The Buerger Times."

I also came to the realization that I didn't want my blog to just be a collection of my theological ramblings, even though theology is a topic that I care more about than anything else. Out with titles like "The Confessions of St. Buerger," "The Purpose-Driven Buerger," "Buergerology," "Velvet Buerger," and "Desiring Buerger" (although I wouldn't mind if that was the title of my wife's blog).

I decided that I didn't want my blog to be about me. But that sounds stupid. How can a blog have nothing to do with its writer? Obviously, it can't. But it can be about what that writer sees as a primary theme in the story God is telling through his life. A theme about transformation. A theme about being less of a fighter and more of healer--less of a talker and more of a listener. A theme about being more concerned with defending grace than being known as someone who is always right. A theme about being someone who doesn't look for opportunities to confront, but only does so when it is necessary; and even then, does it in truth AND love. A theme about being less a person of battle and more a person of peace. In short, I wanted my blog to be about how God is helping me drop my many swords.

And there'll be other stuff too...

14 comments:

Greg said...

Wow, what an honor to be the first comment on your blog. Great title. Although, I do like "The Confessions of St. Buerger". Just don't make your blog cheesy - or you may have to call it "cheesy buerger" - which isn't near as cool.

Seriously - I am glad you are blogging. I look forward to reading your ramblings.

Stephen E. Buerger said...

Needless to say, I'll be a regular reader. As one who has known you since his birth (I wish I kwew you from your birth, but God just thought you'd be the better bigger brother, and He was right), I was quite inspired by the title of your blog and especially by its explaination.

I'm excited about this blog's (and its writer's) future.

Buerger, Thomas William said...

I am looking forward to exploring the very depths of your intellectual psyche, I just wonder if I need to send a canary down first...........

John Buerger said...

Thomas,

Actually, most people just let a rock fall down and listen for the splash. They usually only wait a fraction of a second.

John Mark said...

Buerger King would have been my vote... :-)

John Buerger said...

John Mark,

Buerger King does have a nice ring to it. The title especially makes me look humble...and that's good.
Hey, how are you guys doing? How is pastoral life? We miss you all.

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