Until Someone Loses an Eye

Vintage Cardwell

J. J. Cardwell

As the old saying goes, “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.” Well, I suppose we were having a little fun one Sunday afternoon following morning worship service… and it seems we lost an eye on similarity. I think the similarity begins and ends with the bow tie. Yes, some medications and supplements helped me to put on too much weight when I was losing weight far too quickly last year. Couple that with the fact that I’m about a month overdue on my haircut, and it makes my wife and I giddy enough to pose like some of the photos and prints hanging on my office wall.

Vintage Spurgeon

C. H. Spurgeon

Not long ago, someone in Talladega asked me, “Have you always had a beard?”

I answered, “No. I grew it right after I got out of the Navy because I have a dimple in my chin and I was getting tired of people confusing me with Tom Hanks.”

He said, “But you don’t look anything like Tom Hanks.”

“I know. The beard works pretty good, doesn’t it?”

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. LOL! A striking resemblance, to be sure. Besides, I’d rather be caught looking like the Prince of Preachers than a Hollywood star.

    (Not that Hanks is bad looking… just that Spurgeon is totally cooler) 🙂

  2. Brother Jon, your post gave me the first laugh of the day.
    Being a fellow Calvinist, I have no choice but to post and link on my blog.

    • Sister, you don’t have to call me, Lol. Not too many people know that in the mid-60s Lol was a shortened form of my nickname: Lollypop, as in Millie Small’s hit single, “My Boy, Lollypop.”

      So if you you want, you can shorten it to, Lo, or even L.

      or do what most people do… just say, “Hey, you,” which is a shortened form of “Hey, Hugh.”

      Anyway, thanks for your comment. You’re always a blessing.

  3. Indeed justified by Grace. There’s no way you look good like Charles.
    Actually, you look better than Him. LoL (laughing out loud)

    grace and peace 🙂

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