Out of Town Today

I’ll be in Birmingham at the VA regional medical center to visit the speech pathologist to see if we can keep from losing my voice while my ALS-like, unidentified illness continues. If it should come to mind, please pray for wisdom for my doctors and therapists.

If you’re new to our site, you’ll want to check out the “Who” page (that’s about me, not the famous British rock group) and the article, “My Light, Unidentified Affliction.”

Even though I’m not here (which is quite often because I love pre-posting stuff to appear later automatically), drop in and make a comment.

May the Lord bless you with His amazing grace.

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.


  1. Praying for you, Brother Jon.

    • Thank you for your prayers, dear sister.

      It went well in Birmingham. Long day. Interesting tests (and we’ll leave the tests at that). There are some things that I’ll have to work on… and the speech pathologist said that standing when I preach will help. I will be getting a speech amplifier also to help (I don’t think it will be used when I preach, but it will take strain off of my throat when I talk throughout the day). By God’s grace, I will have a stronger voice over time. Lisa and I will do all that we can to make sure I do the work and get stronger. Yet, as we all know, it’s all in God’s blessed hands by His sweet, sovereign grace.

      Thanks again for your prayers.

      • Thank you so much for the update Brother Jon.

        We continue to pray for God’s grace upon all that concerns you and Lisa.

        And, while I trust in God’s plan for your life, it is my prayer that your voice be preserved in a supernatural way so that you may continue to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

        Blessings galore to you!

  2. Hey Jon,

    I recently read of your condition on your article “My Light, Unidentified Condition,” after having listened to one of your sermons(which was great by the way).

    I have a Pastor friend in New Mexico who has been debilitated by a rare form of ALS over the past few years. It has basically run him out of the pulpit because he cannot muster the strength to prepare and then preach because of the way the disease affects him. He has courageously reformed his Calvary Chapel church over the past few years, ultimately being yousted by the official Calvary Chapel(Costa Mesa) and ostericized by the sending Calvary Chapel (Albuquerque), and all of this over his insistence on the doctrines of grace.

    At this point he is very concerned over the future of his congregation and has recently sought the help of our fellowship in helping him to bring about an plural elder-led form of church government. Hopefully, the Lord will be gracious and strengthen this church in the coming years, even as our faithful brother ebbs away under the power of this dreadful disease.

    Anyways, I am glad to meet you brother, and learn from you. Thanks for being faithful to God’s calling and documenting so well all your teaching and ministry.

    I will be praying for you and for the Lord’s healing, if He so wills. I hope the doctor visit in Birmingham goes well.

    Your brother,

    • Brother, it is so good to meet you. I have enjoyed your encouraging comments on Christina’s blog and I’m thankful you’ve dropped by. I am also praying for you as you shared the depths of your heart the other day.

      Interestingly, I have a Calvary Chapel background as well. For many years I was considered the congregation’s “token Calvinist” in the CC’s I attended. That was in the mid to late 80s when I came to the doctrines of grace through the writings of John Bunyan and Jonathan Edwards (as well as some others). I will pray also for you pastor friend in NM.

      Blessings to you, my brother. Thank you so much for your love, prayers and kindnesses.

  3. I pray that God would not allow you to be silenced, and that He would use this mystery affliction to His Glory by helping you to spread His truth even more! I so appreciate your love for Christ and your willingness to speak the truth. May God bless it manifold!

    • Thank you so much for your prayers, sister. As you can see from my reply to Christina, things went well. We’ll trust in the Lord implicitly for His tender mercy while working diligently, by His grace, to preach as long as God allows. Thankfully, He has taught me and prepared me, as well as preparing the congregation for the eventuality that I can no longer preach.

      I am blessed to say, from the very bottom of my heart, that as much as I love to preach Christ crucified as the greatest news in all the universe, preaching doesn’t define me; neither does pastoring a congregation. Jesus Christ alone defines me. As long as I have Him, and according to His Word I do, then I have everything. Without Him, I have nothing and am nothing, no matter what I do or who I think I am.

      Thanks again for your blessed prayers and friendship, sister.

  4. Brother Jon, I’m glad to hear your that your appointment went well today. I thank God for you every day. We are all trusting God for your health and future, but know that I am still asking Him to heal you or to at least bring great relief and halt the progression of this illness.

    I appreciated your last comment about only Christ defining you.

    “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. ” 2 Cor. 2:2-3

    Praying the Lord will give you and Lisa a sweet rest tonight after your exhausting day.

    Many blessings!


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