This year marked the 500th anniversary of John Calvin's birth. There have been Calvin conferences near and far -- I just attended one last weekend that was stellar, completely lacking any hint of celebrity, hype or worship of the man.
One of the lectures was The Resurgence of Calvinism in America by Dr. Ligon Duncan. Here he traced the historic roots of what had led not just to the growth of reformed denominations like the PCA, OPC or URCNA but also the movement known as 'Young, Restless and Reformed." I won't summarize his message in this space but here is a link that does it well.
Carl Trueman has written a helpful piece on this theme as well entitled, The Nameless One - Reformation21 which contrasts the sold-out conferences to where most us live and minister -- in smaller churches and ministry contexts. Quite a thoughtful piece, in my estimation.