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Closing shop…

I have not been able to post as regularly as I would like. In fact, it has become more of a burden than a pleasure. Therefore, I am going to shut down for a while. I will still have the website but I will not be posting anymore. Who knows? Maybe one of the days I will get a few extra minutes.

We have our second child on the way. I am working on various projects. And as far as Biblical studies (outside of my preaching, Bible classes, and personal study), relearning Greek has to be priority number one right now! We’ll see how it goes.

Thanks for reading.

Jonathan G Caldwell

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

RePost: “If I Were On An Island, And I Just Read This Book…”

I saw this video over at Jason Hardin’s blog – http://www.ingodsimage.com/?p=4019

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

I’m Back!!!

I realize I have not posted in six months and I apologize. However, during that six months I was working on finishing my MBA. I turned in my last assignment this past Monday morning and I received my grade for my final class – an A!

Those of you who know me know that I will not be out of school too long. I hope to begin another Master’s program next fall in Biblical studies. This desire means that I have to relearn my Greek, finish a major honey-do list, and find a way to pay for the program – easy enough.

I want to thank those of you who encouraged me to keep going through this MBA program. There were many times I wanted to throw it all out the window, but some of you just wouldn’t let me – Thank you! The biggest “thanks” goes to Jim and Gail Morrow (Tiffany’s grandparents) for providing the opportunity to go back to school for my MBA – thank you!

With all of that said, I hope to begin posting regularly now. I will keep my focus on the scriptures (of course), you will probably have to bear through some posts on Koine Greek as I relearn the language, and I am still doing a lot of reading so there will be the occasional book review.

Let me catch you up on what has been going on over the past year. In August 2009, Tiffany, James, and I moved to Alabama. Alabama is home for me. In fact we moved to the same house I lived in in high school (and no, my parents are not still in it!). I am working with the Russellville church of Christ in Russellville, AL. Over the past year, the church has experienced great growth (through baptisms and people moving in) and the congregation continues to grow spiritually. I am blessed to be surrounded by such great Christians. It is also a great blessing to be so close to my family. Dad preaches in Muscle Shoals, which is just north of Russellville. James loves being with Mimi and Grandpa-Grant. As I said I just finished my MBA. James just turned two. And last, but certainly not least, we are expecting our second child. Lillian Gail is due January 4!

To our Yuma friends, we miss you and think of you regularly. I hope all is well!

It’s good to be back!

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Florida College Lectures

I am very excited to be attending the lectures at Florida College this year. It has been three years. The theme this year is concerning the prophets of the captivity. This is an area of the Bible in which I consider myself weak. Here is a link to the lecture page at the Florida College website: http://www.floridacollege.edu/Lectures/

The following lectures are the ones I hope to be able to attend:
Monday Night – The Sovereign Lord of History – Melvin Curry
Tuesday:
8 – Examining Realized Eschatology – Jason Longstreeth
9 – The Incurable Wound – Colly Caldwell|
10 – Trusting in Gods that Cannot Save – Leon Mauldin
11 – The Appeal of Egypt in the OT – Nathan Ward
12 – Roads and Seas Less Travelled – Ferrell Jenkins
Tuesday Night – Our God is a Consuming Fire – Tommy Peeler
Wednesday:
8 – Elements of Reform in the Kings – Doy Moyer
9 – Wrong Responses to Captivity – Mark Roberts
10 – Jeremiah and Jesus: The Rejected Prophet Theme in Matthew – Tom Hamilton
11 – Chatlos Library Restoration History Collection – Earl Robertson
12 – Making Sense of “the Last Days” – Marty Pickup
Thursday:
8 – Comparing Samuel/Kings with Chronicles – Tommy Peeler
9 – Will Good Come out of This Evil? – Jason Longstreeth
10 – Roman Imagery in the Book of Revelation – David McClister
11 – The Trial of Faith: Lesser and Greater – Almon Williams
12 – OT Saints: Strangers and Pilgrims – Melvin Curry
Thursday Night – The God of Hope – Ray Madrigal

I am also excited about the release of a Book of Essays in honor of Colly Caldwell, former president and current professor of Florida College. The essays in this book are on or related to the text of Ephesians.

Last but not least, I am excited to see some family. I have cousins in Orlando and an aunt, uncle, and cousins in Tampa that I have not seen since 2007.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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I Am Back

Good morning,

I apologize for my extended absence. As most of you know I have relocated to North Alabama. Needless to say, it is not Yuma. We enjoyed our threes years there, but we were ready to get closer to family. We are about 10 minutes from my folks. And only an 8 hour drive from Tiffany’s family, who we were able to see for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I finally feel settled to a point in which I hope to start writing on a more regular basis again. Things are going well in the congregation. The church here is growing and the gospel is spreading. I am teaching through Genesis and Revelation at the moment and thoroughly enjoying both.

In four weeks I will be at the Lectures at Florida College. I am very excited to be attending this year – I have not been able to go since 2007.  Tomorrow I will post what lectures I will be attending.

Now that I am back to blogging, I will continue my book reviews. I am also going to throw in some discussion on vocabulary. Not just a “word of the day” kind of thing but posts on specific Biblical studies terms. I am doing this for two reasons. The first is that in some of my reading, I know the basic meanings of the “academic words” that authors use but I do not know everything the author intends by that word – so this is for my growth. Secondly, there have been times, a word is spoken in Bible class or a sermon, and no one knows what it means. Most of the time, the preacher or teacher needs to clarify. However, there are times that a specific word is the best fit for the discussion. For example, if someone is teaching about premillennialism or the judgement day – the term eschatology is very appropriate. But many do not know its definition. My goal is to learn and to help you learn some of these terms. And I will keep you in suspense on the meaning of eschatology – it will be my first definition.

I look forward to blogging again and interacting with you. God bless and may 2010 be better than 2009.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Welcome

Many of you were readers of my “Bible Gems” blog over at blogspot. However, the page that I maintain for our church’s website is on wordpress and I have fallen in love with their setup. My posts will be of the same nature – fascinating Biblical truths that come from digging into the text, with the occasional book review.

If you are new here, I invite you to dig in as well.

My teachers in college constantly reminded us of the need to stay in the context. In fact, my sophomore year, some t-shirts were made of one of the Bible professors with the following text under his picture, “Context is key!”

With that in mind, thank you for stopping by and I look forward to digging into God’s word with you!

Jonathan Caldwell

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2009 in Uncategorized