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How to live confidently for Jesus in a culture that sees Christians as the bad guys.

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.

©2021 Stephen McAlpine (P)2021 One Audiobooks

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Great book!

Steve McAlpine fully understands and articulates the challenges that true Christians are facing in the current culture. God bless you Steve for sharing this with the Christian community.

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Being the best bad guy you can be

This audio book is a very easy listen thanks to the writing of Steve, with clear insights into our culture and some good guidance on being a Christian in a culture that is more and more seeing us as the bad guys.

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not worth the time

not worth listening to ... more culture wars rubbish ... a very sad veiw of the relationship between Christians and others.

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What to do when the world's falling apart

When everything is falling apart and the world says that we are wrong for having life bringing freedom morals. what do we do.
keep on, be an example. be prepared to change jobs. but don't falter.
the piece of the Holy spirit about the things of God is our comfort.
helpful "book" to consider our position.
not give up, but set the example, be inviting, speak the truth when asked.
but let. them know these are standards for Christians. we don't expect it of them.

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Some excellent actions

Although I wouldn't agree with all he says, McAlpine makes some excellent points about how we are to live today as an alternative community.

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  • Steven Fouch
  • 18-06-2021

A wise, biblical response to the cultural moment

My initial fear that this book would just be yet another tirade about sexual ethics were soon put to rest. This is a much deeper analysis of our cultural moment in the West and how Christians can engage with it creatively, graciously, yet uncompromisingly.

McAlpine reminds us that we are part of a bigger story and a new city. This Kingdom narrative and eschatological perspective is vital to understanding who we are and how we engage. Not fighting out own corner, but being on the side of all that is right and true, even if we get hated for it.

Short, punchy, readable, and practical.

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