Being the Bad Guys: How to Live For Jesus in a World That Says You Shouldn't
The church used to be recognised as a force for good, but this is changing rapidly. Christians are now often seen as the bad guys, losing both respect and influence. In our post-Christian culture, how do we offer the gospel...
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The church used to be recognised as a force for good, but this is changing rapidly. Christians are now often seen as the bad guys, losing both respect and influence. In our post-Christian culture, how do we offer the gospel to those around us who view it as not only wrong but possibly dangerous? And how do we ensure that the secular worldview does not entice us away with its constant barrage, online and elsewhere, of messages about self-determinism?
Author Stephen McAlpine offers an analysis of how our culture ended up this way and explains key points of tension between biblical Christianity and secular culture. He encourages Christians not to be ashamed of the gospel as it is more liberating, fulfilling and joyful than anything the world has to offer. He also offers strategies for coping in this world, with its opposing values, and for reaching out to others wisely with the truth.
Stephen McAlpine is a blogger and ex-journalist who writes on issues of theology, culture and the church. He is a pastor at Providence Church in Perth, and also works at a national level for City Bible Forum, developing and presenting evangelistic material for a project called Third Space. He is married to Jill and loves running in his spare time.
- Part One: How Did We Get To Be The Bad Guy?
- 1. Why This Sudden Hostility?
- 2. Why The Surprise?
- Part Two: What Does Being The Bad Guy Look Like?
- 3. Binary Beige Vs. Diverse Rainbows
- 4. Loud Power Vs. Voiceless Victims
- 5. Self-denial Vs. Self-actualisation
- Part Three: Being The Best Bad Guy You Can Be
- 6. Don't Renovate The Wrong House
- 7. Faithful, Faultless And Fearless
- 8. The City And The City