Being the Bad Guys

Being the Bad Guys

How to Live for Jesus in a World That Says You Shouldn't

How to live confidently for Jesus in today's world.

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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 an author, blogger and pastor. He also works with City Bible Forum, a network which trains and mentors Christian city workers across Australia, and he is part of an outreach initiative called Third Space.

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  • 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

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Author Stephen McAlpine
ISBN 9781784985981
Format Paperback
First published February 2021
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 7.6mm
Language English
Pages 144
Publisher The Good Book Company

John Anderson

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

This is a must-read for anyone grappling to understand the staggering changes in our society as all the old certainties—and notions of how we relate to each other—are suddenly swept out to sea and replaced by a strident new authoritism that seeks to drown out all dissent. McAlpine is deeply perceptive and writes with the simple clarity that only a master of complex issues can provide. At last we can find a neat and accessible explanation of what is happening in our culture.

Linda Allcock

Author, Deeper Still

With piercing insight, McAlpine skilfully draws parallels between the battles we face today in our culture and familiar Bible stories, impelling us to stand up courageously for the truth of the gospel against a tide of opposition. Through this book I have been forewarned and forearmed by the gospel, which he applies in a clear, radical, inspiring and relevant way. A timely wake-up call that has already proved invaluable in my personal witness.

Gary Millar

Principal, Queensland Theological College, Australia

Stephen McAlpine has written a book that we desperately need. It’s searching, sane, deeply biblical and, best of all, profoundly encouraging. If you want to understand what’s going on in our world right now, then you need to read this book. If you want to work out what it means to live faithfully at school, at university, at work and even at home, then you need to read this book. If you have ever felt like the ‘bad guy’, then you really do need to read this book. Perhaps I haven’t been clear enough: I think everyone needs to read this book!

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