Ministry as Womb and Tomb: Baptism as a Paradigm for Ministry
Version of Record online: 9 JUN 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals and Dialog, Inc.
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 101–109, June 2014
How to Cite
Norheim, B. E. H. (2014), Ministry as Womb and Tomb: Baptism as a Paradigm for Ministry. Dialog, 53: 101–109. doi: 10.1111/dial.12099
- Issue online: 9 JUN 2014
- Version of Record online: 9 JUN 2014
- womb and tomb;
This article rethinks a paradigm for ministry in a world in which a culture of choice is radically challenging sacramental, baptismal theology. Drawing on the two fundamental biblical metaphors for baptism—baptism as a womb (John 3) and a tomb (Rom 6)—the article tries to reimagine ministry emerging from these two metaphors. The article concludes by emphasizing the importance of developing ministry by the use of this dialectic—ministry as both womb and tomb.