John Piper, in case you're not familiar with him, is a pastor out of Minnesota. He's highly influential among the "neo-reformed" movement in conservative evangelicalism. It was Piper who famously tweeted "Farewell, Rob Bell," upon the release of Bell's book Love Wins, which landed Bell on the cover of Time Magazine. A tweet by Piper about a 500-page book by an unknown scholar on the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) launched it into bestseller territory. Piper is kind of a big deal. I imagined my Klout score going through the roof. Nobody retweeted my tweet. Nobody favorited it. Nobody nothinged. I tried to start a meme:
"2006: John Piper's endorsement of rap music causes it to explode in popularity." https://t.co/1lSQc5TPlq— David A. Zimmerman (@david_a_zimmerm) March 11, 2014
1983: John Piper urges all people of faith to watch the MASH series finale, making it the most viewed television show of all time.— David A. Zimmerman (@david_a_zimmerm) March 12, 2014
1989: John Piper expresses his displeasure that Berlin is divided into East and West. Destruction of the Berlin Wall commences immediately.— David A. Zimmerman (@david_a_zimmerm) March 12, 2014
2001: John Piper suggests Minnesota law enforcement is superior to that of all other states. Walker: Texas Ranger is immediately canceled.— David A. Zimmerman (@david_a_zimmerm) March 12, 2014
Nobody joined in. Nobody expressed outrage on Piper's behalf. Nobody hashtagged. #Frownyface. The original tweet was inspired by an infographic posted to Tim Challies's blog in mid-March that explained the history of the movement known as the "New Calvinism," of which Piper is a revered leader.
2006: John Piper is overheard telling a colleague, "I don't drink beer, but if I did, I would prefer Dos Equis." #historyofjohnpiper— David A. Zimmerman (@david_a_zimmerm) March 12, 2014