June 29, 2023

Hope In a Changing Culture

Jesus As Our Hope

In my forthcoming book “Futureproof: How To Live For Jesus In a Culture That’s Constantly Changing“, I deal with the anxieties of our age and how the good news of Jesus leans into those anxieties and provides better answers than what is on offer in our society.

In this extended interview in Bendigo I speak with Bishop Matt Brain from the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo, Sarah Hemmings, a teacher at a Christian School in Bendigo and Elizabeth Dyke, Dean of the St. Paul’s Cathedral, Bendigo about how to hold Jesus out as an eternal hope in the midst of the cultural churn and uncertainty we are facing in the West. How is the church the answer to the hopes that we have?

We range across topics related to hope, and where the secular frame either has it, or does not have it. We ask why loneliness and anxiety have ramped up as much, and we discuss how we can create communities of hope that offer something palpably different to what the culture finds hope in.

It’s an hour long! Perhaps too long to listen to or watch now! But in this discussion Sarah, Elizabeth and Matt make some prescient observations that are worth our consideration.

A conversation about hope

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There is no guarantee that Jesus will return in our desired timeframe. Yet we have no reason to be anxious, because even if the timeframe is not guaranteed, the outcome is! We don’t have to waste energy being anxious; we can put it to better use.

Stephen McAlpine – futureproof

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