As a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America, and an alumnus of Reformed Theological Seminary, I am well acquainted with a group from within our Reformed heritage that refer to themselves as TR’s – Thoroughly Reformed or Truly Reformed. These are the folks who lean furthest to the Right within the PCA. On a few occasions I have had people accuse me of being a TR – something any of my TR friends and acquantances would find laughable.
I am thankful for a fellow member of my presbytery posting a link on Facebook to a post titled: How to Get Along With TR’s. The man who posted the link would definitely consider himself firmly within the TR camp. As I’ve grown to know him I have also grown to appreciate him. We often disagree on matters of secondary importance, but I have had opportunity to see his heart in several settings where we have both been participants. That has made a world of difference. And the article he pointed me to is also helpful. I will be the first to admit I have on many occasions violated the principles the author asks guys like me to consier when relating to TR’s. This article gives me something to chew on.
At the same time, I’d like to offer another perspective – an article written by a non-TR guy (who is nevertheless essentially Reformed) describing encounters with some TR folks. This article, by John Armstrong, of Act 3, is titled: Why Are Some Reformed Christians Mean? I have to confess that Armstrong describes well some of the encounters I have had.
My intent in posting these links is NOT to spark more debate. We have enough of that already. My intent is to offer these different perspectives in hopes of promoting better mutual understanding.