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Naming a Blog

Ever since I entered the weird and wonderful world of blogging I’ve been utterly vexed by my inability to come up with a good name for this site. As fascinating as my name is as a title, I couldn’t help but think that perhaps I might come up with something just a bit snappier and more compelling, a bit more indicative of the kind of stuff people might expect to find here, a bit less dull and unimaginative…

Well, I have given this a good hard think and I have tentatively come up with a name. It’s not a great name, but at the very least it’s not my name—which is a good start at least. I welcome suggestions for better ones, but in the meantime, here it is:

Rumblings.

Why “Rumblings,” you might ask? Well I would love to say that the name just “came” to me in a flash of inspiration as I was lost in contemplation over some deep and disturbing philosophical issue, but the truth of the matter is that something I ate wasn’t agreeing with me last night and my stomach was making all kinds of weird, well, rumblings as I was watching the Stanley Cup making its way to Disneyland. Somewhere around the time when Chris Phillips and Ray Emery were contriving to put the puck in their own net, I began to think about what exactly a “rumbling” is, or is meant to accomplish.

My understanding of the inner workings of the human body is rudimentary, to put it mildly, but as far as I can tell, rumblings are meant to communicate that something isn’t quite right or that something demands attention. They also provide evidence that there are things going on within us that we are often unaware of and unconcerned by. Whatever causes a rumbling—whether it’s hunger, indigestion, or some other thing—it seems to be meant to give us pause, however briefly, and perhaps alter our focus or force us to take something new into consideration.

I suppose that this is somewhat analogous to the kinds of things that I write about here. I tend to gravitate towards topics like evil, suffering, unhelpful ways of thinking about God, life, and one another—things that I think require our attention, in some form or another. I see life on this planet as exhibiting a mixed message, at least from a human perspective. There is beauty, goodness, wonder, and life on the one hand, yet on the other there is pain, disunity, confusion, and death. I consider this mixed message to be one giant “rumbling”—something that is meant to get our attention, to reveal what Bonhoeffer described as our “alienation from our origins,” and to point us to the God who is in the process of redeeming his world.

The kinds of things that occupy me here are “rumblings” in one form or another—things that make me uncomfortable or force me to pay attention to God and the world that he has made in a way that I previously hadn’t. Or something like that. I think of this blog as a forum where I can muse about the things that give me metaphysical indigestion, and the rumblings that bring them to the surface.

So that’s my name, and I’m sticking with it—at least until someone suggests something better, or some other innocuous bodily function transports me to new heights of enlightenment and insight…

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Gil #

    I was going to suggest adding a ‘g’ to the front of your title but you’ve been altogether too positive lately.

    June 7, 2007
  2. I’m down!

    June 7, 2007
  3. How about: “Flamer” …. insinuating of course of your love of the Calgary Flames… 😉

    June 7, 2007
  4. Gil, I considered the possibility of using a ‘qualified g’ – perhaps something like (G)rumblings – but decided against it. C’mon, I’m a pretty positive guy… Every now and then…

    Paul, Paul, Paul… always about the Flames… Do I really have to say it?

    June 8, 2007
  5. jeff #

    My stomach has been rumbling lately after I eat. It has not been painful, it is not necessarily gas, but then again hard to tell when it happens that often!, and so I am at a loss other than to say that rumblings can be a sign of complete satisfaction. It is evidence of good things happening. It causes us to reflect upon production and the body extracting energy from the food we have given it.

    Perhaps you could explain the theological or philosophical underpinnings of flatulence or burping which sometimes are a direct result of your (my) rumblings?

    June 8, 2007
  6. Jeff, you have exposed me in all of my negative ignominy… You see, I AM pessimistic, really I am.

    I think you actually raise a very good point. Rumblings do not exclusively mean that something is not as it should be. They can often simply serve as reminders of goodness, order, predictability, and, as you say, satisfaction.

    Good reminder – I do try to post on rumblings that point to both positive and negative elements of the world, but I suspect there’s not a whole lot of mystery regarding which way I tend to drift…

    As far as the theological underpinnings of your flatulence, I think you ought to consult someone more advanced, and more qualified to give the issue the serious treatment it deserves – a Bible school professor perhaps? Do you know any of those?

    June 8, 2007
  7. Anonymous #

    Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation” (Philippians 2:14-15).

    June 8, 2007
  8. Jeff #

    Sorry, for some reason the above anonymous message didn’t take my info. it was me. I admit it.

    June 8, 2007
  9. Jeff, I’m appalled – trying to anonymously sneak in your condemnatory Bible verses… tsk tsk.

    (I’m glad to see that your conscience prevailed).

    June 9, 2007
  10. I still say Flamer… you do have earings right?

    June 9, 2007
  11. Carol Heese #

    Hey Ryan,
    So I guess it is a small world with you running into Joel’s parents at your church. You better not post this on your blog. Anyway…you can see our email address now. We would love to hear from you. We don’t belong to the world of facebook or anything similar, just good old- fashioned email (even that’s a stretch for me).
    Carol Heese

    September 25, 2009
  12. Rumblings is as good as any other and the explaination behind it is quite profound. Good choice.

    April 25, 2010

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