Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #25

Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is John 21:15-17 which reads, “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Henry Ward Beecher. He said, “People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: “Lord, teach me compassion,” but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “A New Start” (Part 2):

Toward spring I received a letter from my great-uncle in Philadelphia, the brother of my grandfather and the pastor of the old Wylie Memorial Church, inquiring about my “spiritual condition.” Meanwhile I had made an alarming discovery. As I turned the leaves of my Greek dictionary, obscene words would leap out of its pages and hit me in the eye; and so they would leap out of other dictionaries also. It was obvious that something was seriously wrong.

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