I’ve got little ill-will towards The Gospel Coalition folks. I’m a bit too squishy on my Reformed theology to be fully at home there, but on those issues where we don’t have predestination food-fights in progress, they’re solid evangelical thinkers. Old blog friend Joe Carter is hanging his hat there these days, so I have at least one friend in that house.
The folks who put on Together for the Gospel shindigs aren’t as together as they were, shedding folks on separate edges. A pair of Sovereign Grace pastors, CJ Mahaney and Joshua Harris, resigned from TGC recently in the middle of a sexual-abuse scandal that saw those two accused of covering up the misdeeds of another pastor. In addition, Tullian Tchividjian resigned under pressure, taking his musing to a new web site.
Interestingly, Tchividjian's (who’s Billy Graham’s grandson and James Kennedy’s successor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian) brother Boz runs a ministry to "survivors" of such clergy abuse and was calling for TGC to prune themselves of Mahaney a year ago almost to the day. That would make family reunions a bit awkward.
The folks running clergy-abuse survivors groups tend to lean to the left, but that doesn't seem to be the case for Boz as far as I can tell. Doing an interview with Slate and with center-left evangelical Rachel Head Evans points to someone who is comfortable with more liberal settings, but his grandpa would work with people who weren't perfectly evangelical in order to get the Gospel preached. Interestingly, Boz's GRACE ministry got ran off of a gig with Bob Jones University when he was doing a bit too good of a job getting to the bottom of an abuse case there; BJU disassociated themselves from his grandpa for working with mainline and Catholic groups in his crusades.
Brother Tullian might also have been stylistically a bit to the center to be a fit with TCG. While Coral Ridge is part of the conservative PCA (rather than the liberal-listing PCUSA), Tchividjian isn't a big culture warrior, creating a contrast with Kennedy that displeased some of the Coral Ridge folks. That might also contrast a bit with TCG as well; while TCG isn't as politically charged as Kennedy was, they are firmly on the right politically and aren't afraid of a good rhetorical fight.
Tchividjian also might well have not been a good fit for TGC in that he might not feel the need to establish his Reformed credentials; for the folks in non-Reformed denominations, those fine points are part of active debate where they get "Calvinist" uttered as a sneer-word by their more Arminian colleagues. A minor blowup over fine points of sanctification might have flowed from Tchividjian being a bit more evangelical than he is Reformed just as his grandpa was more evangelical than Fundamentalist back in the day when the former term was being popularized.
I've seen some pieces from the center-left that cast the neo-Reformers, of which TGC is a (if not the) major linchpin, as modern-day Fundamentalists. While there two groups theologies differ (that's another post), there is a tendency to theologically nit-pick in common. Bob Jones U ran off his brother and grandpa, and the folks who are loosely cast as BJU's heirs seemingly ran off Tullian as well.
TGC is still on my bookmark list, and not in a "let's see what those [insert pejorative] are saying today" way, but the pruning here and in other cases recently do have have things becoming a smaller tent than in years past.