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The Fine Line: Re-envisioning the Gap between Christ and Culture Paperback – December 21, 2008


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'Kary calls us to walk a fine line indeed, by becoming neither slaves to, nor haters of, culture. Instead, he calls us to transform our cultures with the good news of the gospel and the Kingdom. The Fine Line will help you think more biblically about the balance between contending (Jude 3) and contextualizing (1 Cor. 9:22-23).' -- Ed Stetzer, Author, Breaking the Missional Code, Comeback Churches, Planting Missional Churches, etc. <br><br>

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (December 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310285453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310285458
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kary Oberbrunner left his day job to pursue his dream job - Igniting Souls. Through his writing, speaking, and coaching, he helps individuals and organizations clarify who they are, why they are here, and where they should invest their time and energy. Kary struggled finding his own distinct voice and passion.

As a young man, he suffered from severe stuttering, depression, and self-injury. Today a transformed man, Kary invests his time helping others achieve their true potential. He is the founder of Redeem the Day, which serves the business community, and Igniting Souls, which serves the non-profit community. He and his wife Kelly are blessed with 3 amazing children and live in Columbus, Ohio. Connect at www.KaryOberbrunner.com.

Customer Reviews

I'm excited to read the rest of this book!
Laura
We have to live as disciples of Christ while connecting to the society and culture in which we live...we must be disciples of Christ who are relevant to our culture.
A. Lie
Very helpful for getting out of the Separatist or Conformist camps and walking the fine line between loving God and loving people without leaning too far one way.
Barbara R Kappel

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Helt on January 21, 2009
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Kary Oberbrunner was my pastor for most of my senior year in high school. I remember him being a passionate guy and, oddly enough, basically the same age I am now. He is a gifted pastor, speaker and author and he recently wrote a book called The Fine Line.

It's a book about relevancy. How can we live in the world and not be of the world. The book covers a lot of ground in a very short space. He writes quick and to the point. For you visual learners out there, he makes use of several good diagrams of the information he's presenting. (I remember him doing that years ago, too.)

I'm always nervous when I hear about a book on relevancy. Most of what is out there is about how to be culturally savvy. How to watch movies, TV, use the internet, listen to music and do everything the world does in order to "reach" them. Kary doesn't do this. He says this is the polar opposite of how we should strive to be relevant to the world. It is not about doing what is hip at the time it is about two simple things: Love for God and love for man.

He does this by first giving us some basic groups within Christianity, people he calls Separatists and Conformists. Separatists are law-following and world-hating people who become irrelevant because they refuse to speak to others where they are. Conformists are world-loving and law-abusing people who become irrelevant because they refuse to stand on truth. He calls the middle ground people, the fine line people, Transformists.

By using those groups he is able to speak to people on both sides of the fence. People like me who lean on the Separatist side and others who lean on the Conformist side. He breaks it down for both of us by telling us what it means to be relevant is to simply follow Christ.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seth Nuzum on January 15, 2009
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As Christians we try to live a life of "in the world but not of it." The problem lies in the idea that our lives are drawn to either live a life that is fully in the world or completely separate from it. So much of our time is spent stressing out, should I do this, can I go here, can I wear that, is this ok, what would Jesus do, how much, how often, when.... We spend our time worrying about whether or not we can really relate to the world as a Christian. We often try to separate ourselves from the world. We live a life that is characterized by rules and regulations, not much different than the Pharisees of Jesus' day. The other side of the spectrum is to become so much like the world that we forget what being a Christian even looks like. Eventually we "exchange the truth of God for a lie" and become engulfed with "culture" and being in the world. But where is the difference, what marks the changed life, the "metamorphosis" of a Christian. Christ calls us to be salt and light. What good is salt if it never touches food?!?

Kary through the power of Christ captures this essence in this book it is a must read!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. Waltz on December 18, 2008
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I've read all three of Kary's books now. Kary is about discipleship, but not in a traditional kind of way, more so in a biblical sort of way. Kary gets that discipleship is NOT about being more and more "heavenly minded". He understands and communicates brilliantly that discipleship is lived out in a real world, with real people, with real questions. He gets that in order for the kingdom to be transformative in culture, kingdom-bearers must relate to culture AS they connect to Christ.

If you're looking for a paradigm from which to develop a healthy culture of kingdom-bearers in your church or life, this book is a must read.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Martin on December 15, 2008
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Some principles are born and then die with each cultural shift. Some principles have remained through the ages, yet take on different monikers as each culture either embraces or rejects it. In this book, Kary Oberbrunner has taken a principle as old as Genesis and shown how relevant it is today. In our journey with Christ, we have, at times, ventured into one of the three "personnas" Kary describes. And he talks about it as if he is sitting across the room in an easy chair. Non-threatening, non-judgmental, non-preaching - Kary transparently illustrates the case for how we should interact with the culture we live in according to how Jesus did in His. A truly excellent read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann Darrough on January 21, 2009
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Ok - so I started reading "The Fine Line" today - and can't put it down! I realize now why my life is so difficult at times, and why I feel like a Christian failure, and why I feel such joy and abandon at other times. It doesn't get any more about bringing culture into alignment with Christianity than when you share your life and home with a child... teen or young adult. Sometimes it feels like we have failed, but I see how God is using our obedience to walk that line...and I want to continue, no matter how hard it is to stay balanced. Can't wait for more encouragement and vision through the rest of the pages of this text! Thanks Kary....please continue writing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John A. Ward on December 15, 2008
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It's been great to see Kary grow as an author and writer over the years. That growth is showcased in The Fine Line, as Kary presents a healthy balance between being culturally relevant, while living a life sold-out to Jesus and His gospel. This book will challenge both the isolationist who finds comfort in separation from the world and at the same time call out the conformist that enjoys friendship with it. Kary does an excellent job of taking these big ideas and illustrating them with his only personal journey. The Fine Line will help you grow in your pursuit of what loving God and loving people is all about.
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