LISTEN: Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, Part 2 (Ordained Chaplains: Out of the Depths #2 with Daniel Whyte III / Gospel Light Society University)

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Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Welcome to the Ordained Chaplains podcast. My name is Daniel Whyte III. I am the president of Gospel Light Society University. 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 Matthew 5:16 which reads, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from Emil Kapaun who said this about his experience as a military chaplain, “When I was ordained, I was determined to ‘spend myself ’ for God. I was determined to do that cheerfully, no matter in what circumstances I would be placed or how hard a life I would be asked to lead. This is why I volunteered for the army and that is why today I would a thousand times rather be working, deprived of all ordinary comforts, being a true ‘Father’ to all my people, then to be living in a nice, comfortable place but with my conscience telling me that I am an obstacle to many.”

In this podcast, we are going to discuss the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen.

He writes in chapter 1, “Ancestry and Social Background”:

So far as I can discover, our family record is relatively free from abnormalities such as those with which this study deals. Nonetheless, the social background is important in any attempt to understand a person. I shall therefore begin with a brief consideration of my ancestors and their social setting.

Concerning the family of my father, Hermann B. Boisen, I know only a little. His father, Johannes P. O. Boisen, belonged to a German-speaking family in the province of Schleswig. His father’s father was an organist and music teacher. In the difficulties between Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark in the 1860s, Grandfather Boisen favored German intervention. He was apparently a man of standing and influence. Following German occupation, he was appointed Amtsrichter in the Island of Alsen. Before that time the family lived in Flensburg. About the time my father was approaching the completion of his work for the doctorate at the University of Wuerzburg his father met with serious financial reverses. He died when past seventy. He was a tall, heavy-set man, some six feet four inches in height and weighing about two hundred and fifty pounds.

My father’s mother, Marie Andersen Boisen, also belonged to a German-speaking family in Schleswig. She was the daughter of a Lutheran pastor. My father always spoke of her with the greatest respect and tenderness as a wise and devoted mother and a capable manager. She lived to be past eighty. Besides my father there were four other children who lived to maturity. Three of these died of tuberculosis. This was probably owing to the fact that they had lived in an old stone castle on the Island of Alsen, a building with massive, damp walls. The only surviving members of the family are now living in the city of Oldenburg, having been compelled to leave Schleswig after that province reverted to Denmark. I have never seen any of my German relatives, but we keep in touch with each other by correspondence.

My father came to this country in April, 1869. Unable to complete his doctorate because of his father’s financial situation, he felt that there would be less red tape to contend with in the New World. He went first to the home of some relatives in St. Paul. From there he went to Belleville, Indiana. There his genius as a teacher attracted instant attention, and in the late fall of 1870, on the recommendation of some members of the De Pauw University faculty and after a visit by Professor Richard Owen, he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the chair of modern languages at Indiana University.

In our next broadcast, we will continue with “Ancestry and Social Background.”

—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!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.