Seven years ago I left the Reformed social networks (if never officially leaving the Reformed world). I kind of got back into some of these networks four years ago (if only to see what was going on). When I left the only things people were talking about were Federal Vision, New Perspective, and whether theonomy is guilty by association.
When I came back I was confronted with new acronymns: T4G, Gospel Coalition, whatever Mahaney’s people were called, Driscoll, etc. And then there were all the Reformed Presbyterians who secretly wanted to be John Piper.
I didn’t know what to make of any of this. No doubt some did good but it was hard for me–and it’s worse now–to get excited about the next new conference headed by the top guy at Wheaton or Covenant or WTS. Especially if they are young. Especially if their disciples are young. And still in grad school.
I would be lying to you if I said I completely avoided all movements and ideologies. I suppose that is impossible. But I come very close. In other words, I rally to guys who have battle-scars: men who have been fired from jobs, universities. These guys have stood in the trenches while the pretty boys put on the conferences. Usually they will be well over 40 and not have outside financial backing.