Kovacs, Kenneth E. Out of the Depths: Sermons and Essays Cleveland, TN: Parson’s Porch Books, 2016.
If Kovacs was my preacher, I would not miss a service! His inspired interpretation of Biblical wisdoms make these Holy teachings personal. Out of the Depths begins with a reflection about the painting depicted on the book cover, the calling of Simon in Luke 5. Kovacs explains that an individual’s self-contemplation of their own depths is a necessary exercise along the journey to a deeper connection with God. Kovacs bridges the worlds of depth psychology and theology by drawing upon C. G. Jung and Jungian analysts. Their insights help provide a refreshingly personal and more readily understandable engagement with Scriptural teachings.
Out of the Depths is a compilation of twenty-six of Kovacs’ homilies. They each average a half a dozen pages and cover dreams, love, humility, surrender, suffering, silence, reconciliation, and more. The underlying theme of all of these topics is the need for an individual to have a personal experience, one that connects with their innermost self, a person’s core identity, not just an intellectual understanding of doctrine and dogma. While Kovacs is from the Reformed tradition, an ordained Presbyterian pastor, his perceptions are universal and thus recommended for those from any practice – Catholic, Protestant, other, and none. These compositions are easily aligned with the liturgical calendar and recommended to supplement individual or group study and reflection.
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