HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Blessed Be God: Studies in Ephesians, Essays in Honor of Dr. C. G. “Colly” Caldwell III
Author: Daniel W. Petty (Editor)
Cover designer: Jeff Angelo
Publisher: Florida College Press, 2010
Related website: http://www.floridacollege.edu (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** Five stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Petty, Daniel W. (Editor). Blessed Be God: Studies in Ephesians, Essays in Honor of Dr. C. G. “Colly” Caldwell III (published in 2010 by Florida College Press, 119 N. Glen Arven Ave., Temple Terrace, FL 33617). Charles Grover Caldwell III, known as “Colly,” was born on Oct. 26, 1943, in Clarksville, TN, to Charles G. Caldwell Jr. and Aileen Bailey Caldwell. Both his father and grandfather were preachers, and his two brothers, Grant, now deceased, and Stan became preachers too. Colly married Lynda Joyce Adair, and they have two children, Sherrie and Chuck. His education has included Florida College (A.A.), Abilene Christian College (B.A.), Middle Tennessee State University (M.A.), and Vanderbuilt University (Ph.D.). As a preacher himself, Colly has worked with churches in Indiana, Tennessee, and Florida. He joined the Florida College faculty in 1971, so when I was a student there from 1972 to 1974, he was a young professor. He has since served the school as Dean of Students, Academic Dean, Vice President, and ultimately President (1991-2009) before resigning from administration to resume full time teaching.
Many years ago, Colly wrote an excellent series of expository bulletin articles on the book of Ephesians. I still have those articles and have referred to them often through the years in my preaching and teaching. At the college, he has taught a course on Paul’s epistles to the Ephesians and Colossians which is required of all sophomores. In addition, he is the author of a commentary on Ephesians published in 1994 as part of the Truth Commentary series. It was the first volume of the set which I purchased. Therefore, when a Festschrift in honor of Colly’s “retirement” from the Presidency was planned, it was decided to make it a collection of various essays on the book of Ephesians that have been written by friends, former students, and family members of Colly’s, all faithful preachers among churches of Christ.
A few of the authors are former professors of mine at Florida College, namely Bob F. Owen, Melvin Curry, and Ferrell Jenkins. Several of them are former schoolmates of mine there, such as Wayne Goff, Dan Petty, Matt Qualls, Wilson Copeland, and Barry Hudson. Many I include in my circle of friends and acquaintances, including Tom Hamilton, Jason Longstreth, David McClister, Tommy Peeler, Don Bunting, Stan Caldwell, Harry W. Pickup Jr., Ray Madrigal, Wilson Adams, Grant Caldwell, Doy Moyer, and Dee Bowman. And even the two whom I do not know personally, Russ Bowman and Arrigo Corazza, are known to me by name. Obviously, a book like this will appeal primarily to those associated with churches of Christ and have an interest in studying the book of Ephesians. However, for such individuals, it would be a solid companion to any good commentary on that New Testament book.