Weekly Meanderings, 27 August 2016

This is a story about my driver too, and I feel about it the way Jeff Ritter does:

Each of the major clubmakers had a spot on the range, as they still do today, and that’s where I had my first Sasquatch sighting. A bogey golfer, I found the square crown so outrageous, I forgot most of my swing flaws. Staring down at that matte-black clubhead, I thought, “Ridiculous! Just take a swing and see what happens.” The ball rocketed off the face (occasionally), with a sharp and distinct sound (more on that shortly), and flew straight and true (sometimes*). A square head! What a concept! What would come next? Trapezoids? Maybe an octagon? What about sticking a flying saucer on the end of a shaft? Anything seemed possible.

(*It’s impossible to quantify whether this club was really that much better than my current driver. Clubmakers sell us on belief as much as anything. But I was convinced this driver was at least a slight upgrade, and that’s all it took. I was hooked.)

Here’s the thing about the Sasquatch: Its gaudy, black-and-highlighter-yellow paintjob and goofy square head are jarring. But its true trademark is the sound it emits after impact. Golf has been around for several centuries, and nothing in the game’s history has produced a racket quite like the ‘squatch. It’s like bashing a rock with an empty soup can, like slamming a stone with a mailbox, like cracking a clubface against …

You get the idea. It’s abrasive. Cacophonous. Absurd. But it didn’t bother me, because I was striping it. (From time to time.)

Tracy Clemons:

Rachel Miller gets this right, in spite of what new leader Denny Burk says about CBMW: if they want to change on this, they need to say so. Telling a new story doesn’t change history; it’s called narratival revisionism.

As you can see from these excerpts, and I encourage you to read the full posts, the doctrine of the Eternal Subordination of the Son has been fully embraced and clearly taught by CBMW. These articles were written by a CBMW editor and an executive director. They ran on CBMW’s own website as representative of the doctrinal position of the organization. The posts appealed to Bruce Ware and Wayne Grudem as authorities on ESS (notice they use ESS and ERAS interchangeably).

The articles teach that ESS is not a take it or leave it doctrine. Despite what Denny Burk wants to say today, ESS has been taught as the only biblical position. In part I, Robinson says that we “are bound to joyfully affirm all that the Bible affirms. That factor alone is reason enough to classify this doctrine as important for further study.”

It is also clear that from the beginning the doctrine of the Eternal Subordination of the Son was linked to the version of complementarity taught by CBMW. As I’ve said before, ESS/EFS/ERAS has been a part of CBMW from the earliest days. It is foundational to all they teach and cannot be separated out.

What are you doing with your “one wild and precious life”?

Christy Osler reports on U of Chicago’s welcome belief in freedom of speech:

Don’t expect safe spaces or trigger warnings during your time at the University of Chicago, incoming freshmen.

In a letter sent to the class of 2020, officials of the prestigious university warned students that they are committed to freedom of speech and expression, and won’t protect students from ideas and opinions different from their own:

“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”

Domino’s Drones:

Exactly how much should you tip a pizza delivery drone?

That’s just one question likely to vex hungry New Zealanders who could soon find their Domino’s Pizza order landing on the doorstep via an aerial drone.

Other quandaries to ponder: What happens if it starts to rain before my food arrives? What if the neighbor’s dog beats me to the door? Is creating a pizza delivery drone really the best use of an engineer’s time?

Who cares? It’s pizza, and now it flies!

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises in New Zealand has successfully demonstrated a flying drone that can transport pizza, and the chain will partner with a drone delivery company called Flirtey to make the service available to customers later this year, according to the Guardian. The paper reports that New Zealand approved commercial drone delivery last year, becoming one of the first countries to allow such services.

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises holds the master franchise rights for the Domino’s brand in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, France and Germany, among other countries. The largest Domino’s international franchise, the company has 1,900 storefronts in all.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.