Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #45


Chaplains are spiritual representatives of Christ commissioned to work in mostly secular institutions. We are expected to serve both the spiritual and emotional needs of others through listening, prayer, Scripture reading, and being God’s hands and feet in the organization we are privileged to serve in. This podcast is designed to equip chaplains and those training to be chaplains with the resources and encouragement they need to carry out their calling in life.

Our Ordained Chaplains Scripture Verse for today is James 2:14-17 which reads, “What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be [ye] warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what [doth it] profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Thomas a Kempis. He said, “Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, gentle, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, manly and never seeking her own; for whosoever a man seeketh his own, there he falleth from love.”

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: Years of Wandering” (Part 17):

I returned to Bloomington for the funeral services and stayed on a couple of months to help in the disposition of the old home. Since the house had been in possession of our family for fifty-four years, if we include the tenure of Andrew Wylie, my grandfather’s cousin, and the first president of the University, who had built the house that task was both difficult and interesting. My grandfather’s library we turned over to the University as evidence of the kind of scholarship for which the University stood in the days when it was young. This library included not only scientific books of the period and a classical library but also some valuable incunabula and other ancient books which had come from his father’s library. Among these was a fine copy of Ortelius’ Orbis Terrarum and a Holbein Bible. The University was much interested in this library, even though it had been seriously raided, but most of all it was interested in our attic, where we found a number of important documents relating to the history of the University and of the state.

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