Ed Allen, D.Min., Ph.D., is one of the academic deans at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, serving as director of music, religion, leadership, and honors. He has served as pastor in several churches in California and Hong Kong. His wife, Madalyn Allen, RN, PSY, Ph.D., wrote this article based on one of her husband’s vespers talks at Union. She has worked in the Adventist church as an unpaid volunteer, as a registered nurse, as a licensed psychologist, as an independent scholar, and as an adjunct professor at Union College. She completed a post doc fellowship in child and adolescent assessment and psychoanalytic treatment in 2003.

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