We Trust the Holy Signature: The Significance of Baptism in Recent Pastoral Practice

Robert Brusic

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1994

Issue: Baptism (Vol. 14, No 1, Winter, 1994)

The more recent picture derives from an emerging liturgical tradition which has reshaped both the practice and place of baptism in the life of the church. This emerging tradition has also reshaped the role of the minister in liturgical practice and pastoral counseling even though some of the changes remain more in the realm of the possible than the actual. We will take note of some of the recent changes which have redrawn the picture of baptism in the life of the church. Then we will examine several ways in which the role of pastoral leadership has been influenced and changed by the recent conversation about baptism. Finally, we will evaluate what, if anything, has truly changed for those who have been baptized in the name of the triune God as a result of this conversation.

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