Kenneth E. Kovacs

Parson's Porch &

Book Publishing Company, 2016

Ken Kovacs, pastor at Catonsville Presbyterian Church outside Baltimore, presents a superb collection of sermons and essays in his new book, Out of the Depths. Its title draws on the story in Luke when Jesus directs Simon and his fellow fishermen to go out deeper into the lake of Gennesaret and throw their fishnets over the side of their boat.  In doing so, they bring up an enormous haul of fish which nearly breaks their nets. Likewise, Kovacs has drawn out of the depths in writings that are grounded in thorough biblical knowledge and Reformed theology and illuminated by the breadth of his intellectual curiosity and, in particular, his study of Jungian psychology. Kovacs points out that C. G. Jung’s unique spiritual perspective on the human journey as a psychiatrist raised in the Reformed tradition enabled him to shed light on the struggles and failures of the contemporary Protestant Church and create imaginative symbols in the often-arid Calvinist domain.