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. 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.
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.