Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #38 (Ordained Chaplains: Out of the Depths #38)

Our Ordained Chaplains scripture verse for today is James 5:13-15 which reads, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Billy Graham. He said, “Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “The Call to the MInistry: Borders of the Promised Land” (Part 10):

For this reason I made a proposal to my people. The church building was badly in need of paint. How would it be, I asked them, if we should use the money given by the Mission Board to pay for the painting, and raise the money for the pastor’s salary by direct subscription? I offered to raise thirty of the needed seventy-five dollars by working as a laborer. My proposal was received with little enthusiasm, but most of the people were willing to humor their pastor. In consequence, I put in twenty-five days at hard labor, working on road or farm alongside of the men of my parish, and the budget was oversubscribed. I also applied some of my forestry training to the study of the parish. I made a map of the parish, showing the location of the homes. I also made a list of persons twelve years of age and older, together with a brief characterization of each one. The next summer I returned to Santa Clara in order to follow through along the same general line. This second summer, instead of painting the church, we put up sheds for the horses. I have often wondered since how much those sheds were used before the advent of automobiles made them unnecessary, I have also in later years had doubts about some of my tactics.