Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #8


Our Ordained Chaplains Scripture verse for today is John 13:34-35 which reads, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Thomas Browne Sr. He said, “By compassion we make others’ misery our own, and so, by relieving them we relieve ourselves also.”

In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “Early Years: Earliest Impressions” (Part 4):

With the end of that year there came a bitter disappointment. There was a change of administration at Williams College. My father’s appointment was not made permanent and we had to return to Bloomington. That he had made good seems abundantly clear. One of his students at Williams, Starr Willard Cutting, subsequently head of the German Department at the University of Chicago, told me years later that he considered my father one of the most gifted teachers he had ever known and David Starr Jordan had recommended him “without hesitation” as the most effective teacher of languages he had ever known. But the new president wanted a faculty of Ph.D/s, and my father did not have that degree.

Following the disappointment at Williams, my father taught for two years in the public schools of Boston. There he prepared two textbooks, his First Course in German and his German Prose. He also did outstanding work as a teacher, attracting the attention of such educators as Colonel Francis Parker and William T. Harris, the U.S. Commissioner of Education. By the end of the first year he was able to bring us to Martha’s Vineyard, where he taught in the Summer Institute. In the fall of 1882 we moved to Cambridge. There we lived on Broadway, near Inman Street, not far from Harvard University. I was at that time six years of age, and I had the benefit of some good kindergarten instruction.

The next year, 1883, my father received a call from the newly organized Lawrenceville School near Princeton, New Jersey. We were all very happy over this. It brought us near my mother’s ancestral home in Philadelphia, where her uncle, my grandfather’s brother Theodorus, was a leading pastor; and the salary of $3,600 a year was, for those days, relatively high. My father felt that he had found just the right opening,

According to the plan of the school each master had his own family of boys. They all lived together under one roof, beginning each morning with prayers, eating together in the common dining room, and closing the day with prayers. My father rejoiced in the many opportunities thus afforded to get acquainted with his boys in Davis House, which had been assigned to us.

At Lawrenceville he continued his efforts to help me become acquainted with the trees. He also took me frequently to the gymnasium and sought to teach me to perform certain simple exercises.

In our next broadcast, we will continue with Part 5 of “Early Years: Earliest Impressions.”

—PRAYER—

Now, if you have come across this broadcast, and do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

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