Between Christ and culture exists a middle ground, a hazy gray area for most people, while some simply deny that the middle ground exists. Kary Oberbrunner has been there, and has penned a gazetteer for those intrepid explorers who would blaze this territory with him; those who would claim the title of Christian. We are to be in the world but not of it, as Jesus prayed for His disciples and all Christians before His crucifixion, and to that end we must discover where the lines of demarcation are concerning these two spiritual areas so we may be able to deliver the Gospel and positively affect that gray area. If we neglect it, we neglect the very real souls who inhabit it, souls who will perish unless they have the chance to respond to the Preached Word of God.
What Does It Mean to Be in the World but Not of It? The Answer May Surprise You. Christ-followers are supposed to be the most liberated people ever to walk the face of the earthwith a message powerful enough to cause the dead to rise and the blind to see. Were supposed to have God living inside of us. Were supposed to know how to be in the world but not of it. Does that describe your life? Author Kary Oberbrunner suspects the answer is no, but not because you arent passionate about Christ. Rather, its because the church has been ripped apart and reassembled into two main camps that, at best, casually tolerate each other. The first camp separates itself from people, society, and culture for the main purpose of remaining unstained by the world. While the second camp conforms itself to the ideals, philosophies, and goals of the world in an attempt to be all things to all people. So whats the alternative? A growing number of people believe in a different way and a different world. They are transformists. And they have the power to change the world. Care to join them?
Kary Oberbrunner, MDiv, DMin, founded Redeem the Day, a movement connecting people to a process that ignites their souls on fire. Author of The Fine Line, Called, and The Journey Towards Relevance, Kary serves as a pastor at Grace Church in Ohio. He and his soul mate, Kelly, have three kids. In his free time he enjoys reading, the outdoors, and playing disc golf.
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