I just finished reading Kluck and Bartels’ humorous discussion of the YRR movement: Younger, Restlesser, Reformeder. Though not nearly as funny as Shock and Awe by Celebrity Pastor, it is thick with satire (sort of like “Stuff White People Like”). There wasn’t a quiz exactly in the book, but for our readers, I’ve drawn my answers to a hypothetical one – I figure a lighter read deserves a lighter blog post. If you want, you can take the quiz while you read. By the way, I failed the hypothetical quiz pretty badly. I do hope our readers can somehow overlook my failure!
1) I don’t own an Odyssey or a passenger van with Reformed-ish stickers on the back window or bumper (i.e. TULIP or a family of fishes). I drive a 2003 Buick Century, the most un-YRR car ever built (besides a Crown Victoria, of course).
2) I don’t have any shirts (or tattoos) with Reformed slogans or Latin phrases (but I have a five solas poster in my study, if that counts for something).
3) I haven’t read much by Tim Keller and have only listened to one of his sermons online (and I don’t try to look like him or Mark Driscoll). Along these lines, I have only read three books by John Piper and have only listened to a few of his sermons. I don’t read many YRR authors. And Jonathan Edwards is not my homeboy (I’ve even been critical of him HERE).
4) I realize this one could get me banned from Reformed blog lists, but alas. I don’t read the following blogs: Challies, DeYoung, Mohler, Ref21, or TGC (actually, I don’t read many blogs of any sort). And before I read Kluck and Bartels’ book, I had never heard of Matt Chandler, Frank Turk, or Russell Moore. Yes, I’m out of it!
5) I have never been to a large conference such as Desiring God, T4G, TGC, or any other mega-conference, so I don’t have conference lanyards hanging trophy-like in my study.
6) I don’t own an ESV study Bible, Crossway books are not overly numerous on my shelves, and I don’t have any books signed by YRR celebrities. On my cynical days I think Christian book signings are funny.
7) I don’t have a smartphone with tons of Reformed apps and sermon mp3s on it. In fact, I don’t even own a smartphone and I have only listened to 5 sermons/podcasts in the past year. (Here’s a grievous double Reformed sin: I’m not a regular listener of the White Horse Inn. And my Modern Reformation subscription ran out months ago.)
8) I rarely smoke cigars or pipe. I don’t know very much about beer (except that it is expensive). And I don’t think it’s cool when Calvinists cuss (see HERE).
Now, to be sure, I didn’t get a “0” on this quiz because I do blog (something most YRR guys do). [But our blog’s title isn’t two cool Latin or Reformed words smashed together (like sola*blog*ogia), and I didn't write about my wife's beauty or "hotness" in my blog bio.] Furthermore, I am young (if a birth date of 1978 can be considered young), and I do subscribe to the Three Forms of Unity, so I’m Reformed (though I didn’t know what TR meant until recently, so I’ve never used the term).
There you have it. I failed the YRR quiz miserably. I’m sorry! But don’t worry, I love our YRR brothers and sisters and I’m glad if they read our blog (can I borrow a TGC conference lanyard and a Derek Webb shirt?).
By the way, if you want to find out if you’re YRR, you’ll have to get this book (which is .99 on Kindle): Younger, Restlesser, Reformeder. If you like satire, it’s right up your Reformed alley (which, of course, has “sola” graffiti in it).