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"JESUS CHRIST, AND HIM CRUCIFIED" is the gospel condensed in a phrase.

It contains in it the truth of the Son of God's incarnation as the Seed of a virgin, His crucifixion as the sufficient Sacrifice, His resurrection as the eternal Son, His ascension as the King of glory, and His promised consummation as the returning Faithful Witness and Amen of God.

All that we have is in Christ: in whom He is and all He has done, is doing, and will do. We have no access to heaven, no participation in God's kingdom, and no inheritance in God's glory, except we have it by, and in, and through Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

When we stray from the gospel truth of Christ crucified, we have nothing.

Some want nothing to do with the gospel at all. Some tolerate the gospel, even like the gospel, but don't love the gospel; neither have faith in its power, because they act like it needs help, or enhancement; that it needs something added to it because it's not relevant enough, interesting enough, or entertaining enough; these know not the cross of Jesus Christ. Others want Christ, but they don't want His bloody cross.

The most difficult thing about writing this book was realizing that I will never do justice to the proclamation of this gospel truth; yet, I must proclaim its truth anyway because it's so vitally important. At times I feel like Moses, "O my Lord, I am not eloquent... but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue" (Ex 4:10).

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Jon has recently been blessed and privileged to have been called in December 2008 by Sovereign Grace Baptist Church as the congregation's pastor. He has been the pastor there since January 2009.

After fruitful pastoral ministries to the Aleut people of the remote Alaskan fishing village of King Cove and to the Yup'ik Eskimos of the remote Alaskan fishing village of Scammon Bay, he and his family left Alaska on January 23, 2008 when symptoms that were once thought to be Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (aka ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease) began to manifest in 2006.

After extensive testing at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and continued testing at Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center, a diagnosis was slow to come. When it did, it was rescinded. Although the symptoms are just like those of ALS and PLS (Primary Lateral Sclerosis), his ailments were labeled "unidentified."

Finally, in our seventh year with these symptoms, and after three years on crutches, Jon began taking some antibiotics for a severe chest cold. His dexterity and coordination began to slowly return and his strength also increased. When the antibiotics ran out, he began drinking a very strong ginger tea twice daily, which was made by his mother-in-law. Soon thereafter he moved from crutches to a cane and began walking two to three miles per day. Still drinking the ginger tea twice daily, Jon has been functioning with only slight residual symptoms.


Jon was born in San Diego, California on August 25, 1960. His father, a navy man, passed away in 1963 while in military service and his mother married another sailor three years later. As a result, his family moved all over the country... and as Jon often jokes, "My family moved several times between 1966 and 1971, and I found them every time." By the time he graduated from high school, he longed to travel again. After a semester of college, he dropped out and joined the US Navy with hopes of being a "frogman."

Climbing the ranks quickly, Jon found favor with his superiors in the navy diving community; yet, he was empty and troubled. Assigned as a 2nd Class Diver onboard the U.S.S. McKee in 1984, "God surrounded me with Christians who loved me, prayed for me, and answered any questions that I had," says Cardwell. For the entire month of May 1985 he was under conviction as a hopeless sinner doomed to eternal punishment. On June 3, 1985, after nine months of Christian witness and conviction from the Holy Spirit, he went to one of the Christians. He found Vincent Lawrence and asked Vince to pray for him because, as Jon relates, "I somehow knew that if I didn't repent before God, I knew that I was utterly and eternally lost; yet, I also knew that I couldn't possibly repent until God changed me and made me capable of repenting." Vince invited Jon to kneel and pray with him. As they knelt together in the divers' berthing compartment, again Jon describes it this way:

"I supposed that I repeated Vince's words; however, I know I didn't hear a word Vince said until the very last 'amen.' While kneeling with closed eyes, I KNEW that I was a totally depraved sinner with no hope; yet because God poured out His just and holy wrath upon Jesus Christ for my sins, and that Jesus lovingly and willingly paid that price for my sins, that God made me right with Himself by what He accomplished on the Cross of Calvary. From the depth of my soul I groaned for forgiveness by His atoning blood, and in a moment, an indescribable peace came to me. I remembered saying, 'amen,' and opening my eyes. I stood up as a new man. I was different. I was transformed. It was noticeable to the other divers I worked with. Although I couldn't understand all of it, I had a love for God's Word and couldn't stop reading it. I also had a love for God's people and wanted to be around them whenever I could."


Scammon Bay Covenant Church, Scammon Bay, Alaska
King Cove Bible Chapel, King Cove, Alaska
First Filipino Methodist Church, Riverside, California


Jon and his family are in general agreement with the early English Baptist confessions, such as the 1st London Baptist Confession of Faith (1644/1646) and the 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith (1677/1689), as well as the early American Baptist confessions, such as the Philadelphia Confession of Faith (1742) and the New Hampshire Confession of Faith (1833).

Additionally, by God's grace, in his faith he strives to be Reformed in theology but not exclusive; Calvinistic in bibliology but not fatalistic; evangelistic in soteriology but not pragmatic; amillennial in eschatology but not dogmatic; puritanical in praxeology but not legalistic.


John Bunyan; Jonathan Edwards; Charles Spurgeon


"Other than the Bible, my favorite book is John Bunyan's classic allegory, THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS," Jon confides. "I've read that book at least once per year every year since the Lord has saved me, and sometimes more than that."

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christina on February 26, 2012
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With shepherd-like tenderness and scholarly precision, author and pastor, Jon Cardwell takes us back to basics: the soul-saving doctrine of Christ, and Him crucified. In nine, easy to read, scripture laced chapters, he expounds upon the Gospel message in its preeminence, its proposition, its power, its purpose, its provision, its privilege, and its priority. Displaying his gift for poetry and prose, Cardwell caps each chapter with a hymn that is both doctrinally sound and devotionally sweet.

For those seeking "signs and wonders", Cardwell points to John the Baptist of whom Jesus said, "among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist."

"It is interesting to note that John performed no miracle; neither was there any wondrous sign given by his hand. He preached the Christ to come, and repentance in preparation for His coming. Yet, Jesus also included at the end of His discourse that the "least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." I believe that this is because the very least soul saved by the preaching of Christ crucified after the Day of Pentecost and the impartation of Holy Spirit, is full of the greatest power on earth: God Himself. The greater works that would be done is the preaching of the cross by the blessed power of the Holy Spirit."

For those pursuing doctrine apart from knowing Christ, Cardwell reminds us of the end goal:

"Our study of and meditation upon scripture is not to merely amass and categorize factoids to increase our intellects and enhance the knowledge of our minds; it is to know the Person of Jesus Christ. It is to know Christ, not things about Him. To know Christ is godly; to desire to know things about Christ is idolatry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Martin on September 7, 2012
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I deeply appreciate this book and the focus on the cross, It's message is like a refreshing revisiting of the true power and glory that the Church has possessed at times of revival and transformation in the redemptive history of humanity. It isn't a light, entertaining motivational book, it it a solid meal that will mature and secure its readers back into the wisdom and power of God.

I am thankful that God has still got faithful messengers of the true gospel at work building, instructing and encouraging His people to put their faith in Christ.
I also like how the author referred back to the context of John 3:16 in the Old Testament, this is something very few Christians seem to understand.

God bless you, GJ.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pamela s on January 10, 2012
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In a day where the gospel is either diluted to a meaningless set of words or is confused with the RESPONSE to the gospel (repentance and faith in Christ), it is honoring to God and profitable to man to focus on God's culminating act----the ultimate end of all Scripture----the substitutionary and wrath satisfying crucifixion of God's Son--- is indeed the good news and glad tidings to a world of sinners from an offended and holy Deity.

I stumbled onto this book from Sermon Audio (as if there was stumbling from God's perspective). So much of Christendom denies the doctrine of regeneration. If a person has truly been born of God, they will follow Christ, they will grow in grace and they will persevere until the end (exhortations in the Bible will be effectual for them). Because so many church members do not KNOW Christ crucified, we have endless programs to put them under laws and rules to bring their outward behavior into conformity to biblical principals. How much better to lay down clever words and preach Christ and Him Crucified and trust the Sovereign God of the universe to do what He says He will do with the "foolish preaching" of that message.

Lest my review be misunderstood, even though we are not under "law", we in no way dismiss the Old Testament Scriptures or their proper place in teaching us. We are just no longer UNDER the Old Covenant and it's relentless demands on our conscience. We are 'in-lawed' to Christ by grace. What the Law could not do, Christ did. And everything God did for man for his eternal good is tied up in Christ Crucified. This book causes us to "look to Him" and that is the great need of our time. This will be my "gift" book for the year to friends, family and strangers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sammi TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 5, 2014
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Christ and Him Crucified is one of the best biblical companion texts I've ever read. It breaks down the Gospel into what should be every Christian's true focus: the story of Christ from birth to death, resurrection and ascension. This is a great read for any Christian looking to return to the "roots" of their faith and remind themselves of why we are all here and working toward the same cause. It's also great for anyone who has lost their way or is new to Christianity.

Cardwell's writing style is conversational, yet poetic and reverent of the holy topic at hand. His awe at what it must have been like to witness the trials of Christ as a man firsthand is palpable. The hymns included are also lovely and appropriate choices.

I am touched by this book and now only wish I had a hardcover so I could pass it around among those I love and watch it get tattered and worn with use and appreciation. Truly a gift to anyone who reads it.
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