LISTEN: Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience, by Anton T. Boisen, #39 (Ordained Chaplains: Out of the Depths #39 with Daniel Whyte III / Gospel Light Society University)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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 John 13:34 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.”

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 11):

Throughout this period Alice was always uppermost in my mind, and her letters meant a lot to me. However, as I look back, I see that I did not make as much of the privilege of writing as I might have. It seemed to me of first importance that I should do good work in my studies. Therefore I did not respond affirmatively to her suggestion that we correspond in French, and I did not devote to my letters the time and thought needed to make them really worthwhile. My academic standing I brought from an average of 83 in the first semester to 96 in the senior year, and 93 for the entire three years. Meanwhile the old battle for self-control seemed to be in hand. I felt therefore a certain degree of self-satisfaction. On this account I felt more keenly the fact that Alice would not permit me to see her and that her letters were written on her official stationery. In any case, at the end of my second year at Union she sent me an excellent picture of herself, one which I have always treasured.