A legendary baseball manager observed, “It’s easy to get good players. Getting ‘em to play together, that’s the hard part.”

Unfortunately, that has proven true in our church experience at times, too. But, faith is a team sport that excels when unity focused on truth thrives in community.

We are experiencing that kind of healthy unity among the pastors in Fountain Hills these days. Imagine Baptists united with Lutherans working side-by-side with Presbyterians, all holding the raised hands of Charismatics. Eight pastors that don’t just believe the Bible, but actively teach it as well, plan to harmonize in proclaiming the essential tenets of our mutual faith in a highly relevant series of messages.

This landmark series will be titled, “Progressive Christianity: Fact or Fiction?” Eight churches in Fountain Hills will simultaneously present this series. Our objective is to answer three primary questions:

1. What is the difference between “Progressive” Christianity and Biblical Christianity?

2. Does that difference really matter in a relativistic age?

3. How can a Christian decipher what he or she should believe?

Unity among churches is a wonderful thing when the truths at stake are greater than the differences between us. By teaming up to stand for the essential truths that we embrace, eight pastors and their churches are making a key statement: Truth matters to us.

Coach John Wooden drilled a philosophy into his UCLA basketball teams, who won seven consecutive national championships, “The guy who puts the ball through the hoop, has ten hands.” He insisted on the fundamentals of basketball and the importance of unity. The pastors of Fountain Hills are following his glowing example.

We enthusiastically invite anyone interested in these critical truths of Christian faith to visit any of the participating churches during this series. The series begins this Sunday, May 17.