About

13592324_10153503586291148_8118784529036167974_nMy name is Lindsay Kennedy and I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. My life’s aim is to make much of Him with all He has given me.

My wife Natasha is my love; we were married in 2011 and have three children: Elizabeth (born 2013), Whitfield (born 2014), and Collette (born 2015).

Though Tasha’s American and I’m Australian, we met in England, where we lived together for 6 years, serving at Calvary Chapel Bible College York. We are now living in Washington (USA), where I am assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Bothell.

Tasha is an artist and together we work on graphic novels. We released our first – Reklas Abandon – in 2014. I love music and am a recovering music snob. I played electric guitar on my friend Neil Livingston’s album All My Springs.

My biggest hobby also happens to be my “job”: loving, studying, and teaching the Bible. I have long wanted to attend seminary, but have not had the opportunity. This is where this blog comes in!

Why I Blog

The Lord hasn’t allowed me to attend seminary (finances, time, and ministry commitments), so I decided that a cheaper and more flexible option is for me to study through some of the best teachers: books and free resources! Hence the name of this blog!

The internet is awash with excellent seminary-level resources and so I created this blog in 2012 to share free resources, review books, and post on Biblical and theological topics that interest me. I hope my digital seminary will be a support to those like myself who study theology in their free time, and also for teachers who want help in finding good resources.

Disclaimer: Theological views represented on this blog may not always reflect my own nor those of the Calvary Chapel movement as a whole.

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  • Keep the fire burning for Christ Jesus. Keep desiring Him and delighting in Him. Thank you for a wonderful treasure mine.

    • mydigitalseminary

      Thank you Prayson!

  • Steve

    I posted this on your old site regarding the Book of Job
    http://mydigitalseminary.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/the-book-of-job/
    Not sure if you will see it so here it is 🙂

    Thanks!

    Those are some great books on Job. I am studying Job and have been looking for some Good commentaries. The only one I have out of that list is William Green’s book. I have a few books that I am reading through as I study Job that have been extremely helpful.

    1. David Jackson “Crying out for Vindication: The Gospel According To Job”.
    2. The Storm Breaks: Job Simply Explained. Derek Thomas
    3. Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job. Layton Talbert (EXCELLENT)
    4. The Beginning of Wisdom: Preaching Christ from the First and Last Chapter of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. Douglas Sean O’Donnell
    5. Calvin’s Teachings on Job, by Derek Thomas

    These are excellent books.

    Which ones below would you consider as being one of the best that you listed? One that is not too technical.

    The Carson book looks interesting. Is that exclusively about Job?

    1. John E. Hartley — The Book of Job (New International Commentary on the Old Testament, 1988).

    2. Hywel Jones — Job (Evangelical Press Study Commentary, 2007).

    3. David J.A. Clines — Job 1-20; Job 21-37 (Word Biblical Commentary, 1989, 2006).

    5. Francis I. Andersen — Job (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 1976).

    6. D. A. Carson — How long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil (Baker Academic, 1991)

    Thanks! Steve.

  • Hi Steve, thanks for posting! I unfortunately had to put my Job studies on hold as I ended up teaching a different class (Philippians/Colossians). From the amount of study I did however, I’d recommend Francis Andersen’s or Hywel Jones. Both are very readable and evangelical. Andersen is a little more dense and he comments on more individual verses.

    Clines’ is huge and technical (3 vol), Hartley’s was a little ‘free’ with the text (ie. he thought we’ve lost parts of the original text, and bits of Job should be attributed to Zophar, etc.). Hywel Jones’ commentary was also really good as an overview of sections. Carson has a chapter on Job but his book is more about suffering in general so it would be helpful as a supplemental resource. The ESV Study Bible has some great notes too.

    So Andersen and Jones would be good. I’ll have to look into some of the books you mentioned, I’ve only heard of a few!

    I hope this helps. God bless you and your studies!

  • Steve

    Lindsay, thanks for the reply. I will be checking out Andresen and Jones’ commentaries. And by the way congrats on the new addition to your family!

    I just realzied you were Australian. I work with a few Aussies and a few Brits and the big debate is which tastes better, Marmite or Vegemite! LOL! I personally can’t tell the diffence. :).

    I also love some of the excellent ministries and preachers in Australia (Philip Jensen, Matthias Media, Tony Payne, John Woodhouse).

    Not sure which ones above you are unfamiliar with but I assume Sean O’Donnel and Layton Talbert.

    Both excellent Books.

    Sean O’Donnell – A little bio on him.
    http://newcovenantnaperville.org/leadership.html

    Layton Tablert book was recommended by Andy Naselli
    http://andynaselli.com/tag/layton-talbert

    G’Day Mate! 🙂

  • Hi Steve,

    I didn’t actually know of Talbert’s book, I’ll have to look into it since you recommend it so highly. I do know of 2, 4, and 5.

    You know I’ve never tried either Marmite or Vegemite! Many Aussies wouldn’t consider me ‘true blue’ because I couldn’t handle the smell so I never wanted to taste it.

    All the best with your studies. Be sure to let me know if you find any more good resources.

  • Good effort dear brother. It will benefit all. Read your review of the book “love or die’. Hope to come often to this site.

    • Hi Nelson, thank you for the kind words. You can keep up with the site by subscribing on the right hand side if you are interested.

  • Stu

    Hi Lindsay – I just read your bio. I’m not knocking your goal of attending seminary one day but perhaps God has a reason for you not enrolling. The Holy Spirit is your best teacher. Most seminarians adopt the theology and view points of their esteemed professors which is I suppose a natural thing to do. The problem as I see it though, is that we then tend to rely upon our theological eye glasses to inform our Biblical understanding rather than the other way around. Any apparent contradictions in Scripture to our closely held theological beliefs are minimized or dismissed and we tend to eisegete rather than exegete the scriptures. I sat under the tutelage of a reformed theologian in seminary. After graduating and reading through the Bible a few times, I left the reformed tradition as I personally believe it does not square with Scripture. However it took me literally years to do so because I had to “unlearn” what I had already “leaned.” Like it or not we are creatures of habit and we tend to cling to what we’ve always been taught. Just keep an open mind – or should I say a spirit-filled mind – and you’ll do fine.

    • Hi Stu, thanks for the encouragement! The Lord has certainly not opened the door for me to attend seminary, and He has shown me a lot about Himself and myself through that desire not being fulfilled. I appreciate your encouragements to just stay close to the Word and allow the Spirit to teach. I have been so appreciative of what the Lord is doing in and through me here, instead of in seminary. Thanks!

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  • Corey

    Hey Lindsay! I just read what I thought was a very good review of Donald Macleod’s “Christ Crucified”. In your review you mentioned, as a reader, being left with questions from some thoughts MacLeod put forth concerning propitiation and expiation. I have been studying the way Protestants (both Old and New Perspective proponents) as well as the RCC handling of certain texts and have kind of hit a roadblock as far as how to understand how each group views this topic. I understand this is probably very simple for you (and your readers), but I didn’t know if you could recommend any resources on the topic.

    Thanks!

    • Lindsay Kennedy

      Hi Corey, thank you for your comment. I’m so sorry it took me this long to get back to you and your question.

      I’m not really sure of where to go for RCC books or resources on propitiation and expiation. Sorry! If you find something, please do leave a comment and let me know. Oh, and I’m really glad you liked the review, thanks for letting me know!

  • Lindsay Kennedy

    Hello C Brite,

    Thank you so much for your encouragement! I am delighted that you could benefit from the site. Please feel free to comment anytime.