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Friday Frivolity

I have a question of ethics that I’m sure is unique to our technologically-advanced age. It concerns one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century and one that has been updated for the twenty-first. I am talking about, of course, Tupperware (which I use as a generic term for reusable storage containers). Now it used to be that if a neighbour were to bring you a gift (like authentic Cajun Gumbo Soup, for example) in Tupperware, you would always empty it and return the container at the earliest possible convenience. Tupperware is expensive, after all. Conversely, if the person were to bring you a gift in a Ziploc bag, you would simply dispose of the bag. But what are we to do with those new Ziploc/Tupperware hybrids? You know what I mean, I’m sure: those cheap, reusable but also disposible containers. Is it proper to keep those or to return them to the owner? Do we return them and perhaps appear cheap for returning something with no real value? Or do we hold on to them and risk being thought of as a family of thieves? Your advice on such an important matter is appreciated.

In other frivolous news, I finally found someone to go to the Petra concert with me this Friday. To this point everyone I asked had the exact same reaction.

Tim: “Hey, do you want to go and see Petra with me?”

Friend: “Tee hee. Tee hee hee hee. BA HA HA HA HA! You can’t be serious!”

Honestly, all of my friends stood me up. But finally Aileen got clearance from the midwife to attend a concert despite her pregnancy, so she and I are going to the show together. We have been to three or four Petra shows together and I’m sure we’ll have a good time, even if we are older and grumpier than last time we went. Then again, John and Bob are definitely older and probably grumpier as well. Regardless, it will be nice to see the band, forever my favorite, one final time. I’ll be sure Aileen doesn’t do any crowd-surfing.

And now, an example of pure frivolity and a complete misuse of my time and, one could argue, talents. Here is a proposed front and back cover for a book I’m sure I could write. But I won’t.


Book Back

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…