“Honest and Hopeful”
How can the church survive in an ever-increasingly secular society? In Futureproof, Stephen McAlpine shows how to live for Jesus in a culture that keeps on changing.
At just over 150 pages, this book is a quick read that explains our current Western culture and how the Church can face it with confidence. Part 1 presents many of our problems: the false promise that we belong to ourselves, the loneliness epidemic, and how secular politics have become their own god. McAlpine calls us to remember where our home is, be patient for Christ’s return, and continue to pursue holiness. McAlpine is accurate and insightful.
Honest and Hopeful
Part 2 presents the biblical solutions. First, McAlpine encourages us to embrace community. As the church community shines, we show the world the gospel. I was most interested to see McAlpine tackle digital technology. Surprisingly, parents are still at the forefront of protecting against the influencing culture. He writes about digital discipleship, and how church communities must be championed. But he doesn’t shy away from challenging churches (and influencers) to get creative and compelling for Christ. McAlpine stays honest and hopeful.
The book ends with the call to live courageously as dual citizens in our earthly lives and our heavenly home. We can use wisdom in politics, but we cannot forget that Jesus is King. We can stay content in Christ. And we will be prepared for and protected from whatever the future brings.
I received a media copy of Futureproof and this is my honest review.