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Jon Diefenthaler

Jon Diefenthaler is president emeritus of the LCMS Southeastern District and adjunct professor at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri. He received his PhD in American religious history under Sidney Mead at the University of Iowa. His career has also included parish pastorates in Virginia and Maryland, as well as working for Lutheran World Relief.

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“Ultimately,” wrote H. Richard Niebuhr in 1929, “the problem of church and world involves us in a paradox; unless the church accommodates itself to the world it becomes sterile inwardly and outwardly; unless it transcends the world it becomes indistinguishable from the world and loses its effectiveness no less surely.”

 

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November 1, 2015

“Ultimately,” wrote H. Richard Niebuhr in 1929, “the problem of church and world involves us in a paradox; unless the church accommodates itself to the world it becomes sterile inwardly and outwardly; unless it transcends the world it becomes indistinguishable from the world and loses its effectiveness no less surely.”