The “Evangelicals Airing Dirty Laundry” Edition of Everyone’s Entitled to Joe’s Opinion

dirtylaundryHello everyone, and welcome to the “Evangelicals Airing Dirty Laundry” edition of Everyone’s Entitled to Joe’s Opinion.

As noted elsewhere on this blog, when it comes to airing political/theological dirty laundry for all to see, evangelicals lead the world by a most impressive margin.  Today’s example comes to us courtesy of the good people over at Christianity Today.  The town of Fountain Hills, Arizona, about a half-hour outside Phoenix, has become embroiled in a theological spitball fight in which half the town’s Protestant churches–Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and some non-denominational congregations, have joined together against the teachings of pastor David Felten of The Fountains, the local Methodist church.progressive  This campaign consists of sermon series, op-ed pieces and half-page advertisements in the local paper, and of course banners in all of the participating churches, which you can see pictured here.

From CT:

A feud over theology has led an unusual ecumenical project in a small Arizona town.

Eight churches—including Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and non-denominational congregations—in Fountain Hills have teamed up for a campaign of public banners and sermons aimed at the theology of a nearby Methodist church.

The sermon series—“Progressive Christianity: Fact or Fiction?”—was launched with an op-ed and half-page advertisement in the local newspaper, and promoted with banners at the eight churches involved.

One described it as a “landmark series” and an “unprecedented step” that “demonstrate[s] in a very real way the unity of the ‘body of Christ’ in Fountain Hills.” Another stated, “Imagine Baptists united with Lutherans working side-by-side with Presbyterians, all while holding the raised hands of charismatics.”

Like I said, when it comes to airing dirty laundry for all the world to see, no one does it like us evangelicals.

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