How to Live for Jesus in a Culture That Keeps on Changing

Explores the increasingly secular direction that our western culture is heading towards and shows how the gospel equips Christians and churches to face the future with confidence.

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We are living in a time of rapid cultural change, when Christian views are often seen as outdated and even dangerous. This can leave us feeling anxious about how to live out what we believe and uncertain about the future of the church.

Stephen McAlpine’s first book, Being the Bad Guys, sought to explain how our culture ended up so far away from biblical Christianity and how to reach out with the gospel wisely. In this book, he explores where things are heading and what we can do about that now, both as individuals and as a church.

Stephen examines secular narratives about purpose and authenticity, connectedness and progress, and compares them to the promises made by the Bible. He shows that the Bible offers a more satisfying, more realistic and more hopeful vision of the future.

He also examines the things that cause many Christians and non-Christians to be anxious about the future: technological change, political polarisation, clashes over climate and culture wars around gender and identity. He reminds readers that God is in control and helps them to think through how they can live wholeheartedly for Christ, facing the challenges of the future with confidence and leading the way in terms of citizenship, stewardship and community.

Formerly a pastor and church planter, Stephen McAlpine now writes and speaks on theology, church and culture. He also serves churches and Christian schools as a consultant, and blogs at stephenmcalpine.com.

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  • Introduction

    1. The Church of Back to the Future
    2. Out-Purpose the Culture
    3. Out-Relate the Culture
    4. Outlast the Culture
    5. Polarisation: How to Flourish as a Community
    6. Technology: How to Flourish as a Participant
    7. Culture Wars: How to Flourish as a Citizen
    8. Ecology: How to Flourish as a Steward


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Contributors Stephen McAlpine
ISBN 9781784989422
Format Paperback
First published February 2024
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 7.6mm
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

Tim Chester

Crosslands Training; Author of Enjoying God

Are you pessimistic about the future of the church? Then Futureproof is for you. Not that Steve McAlpine is unrealistic about the challenges before us. But he gives us reasons for hope and ideas for action. Eschewing superficial or trendy solutions, Futureproof digs deep into Scripture to prepare us to live well in our changing context and offer true hope in an anxious world.

Jennie Pollock

Writer and editor

A positive, encouraging read for anyone wondering whether Christianity has a hope of surviving the decades to come. (Spoiler: it does, and has a great hope to offer the culture, too.)

Alistair Begg

Bible Teacher, Truth For Life; Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Cleveland; Author, Pray Big and A Christian Manifesto

If, like me, Stephen McAlpine’s previous book caused you to ask, “Where do we go from here?”, here is the answer. It has the same clarity and punchy impact as before. A really good and profoundly helpful book.

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