The Apostle of the North: the Life and Labors of Rev. John M’Donald, Buy 1866, 346 pages
Here is spiritual encouragement for a long ministry of labor and service to others. M’Donald was an influential minister in the Highlands (northern Scotland) of the early 1800’s, the generation before Kennedy when evangelical lights were few and far in-between. Kennedy records these records so that they will not be forgotten.
This is Kennedy’s most well known work, which preserves a glimpse into the deep (somewhat unique) evangelical spirituality of the Highlands from the days before Kennedy. “Ross-shire” is a county (“shire” is a division of land, think Lord of the Rings) in Northern Scotland that is the local area around Dingwall. “Fathers” refers to the revered fathers of the faith of the older generation before Kennedy.
Our relation to God is of the utmost consequence. What are all the relations that God bears to man? Kennedy takes up controversial subjects that were prominent in his day (and will always be of perennial interest to God’s people), of whether God is the father of all mankind (yes), the sincere offer of the gospel, the warrant of faith, the extent of the atonement (and the error of the double-reference theory), the covenants of scripture, the doctrine of adoption, and others.
The Saviour, Buy no date, 130 pages
Here is a review by Rev. Sherman Isbell that will wet your desire for the book
Answer to the Declaratory Statement of 1892 in the Free Church of Scotland, part 1, part 2, HTML, with the five paragraph Declaratory Act at the beginning. The Declaratory Act of 1892 in the Free Church was a declaration of the Church’s interpretation of the Westminster Confession under five points, some of which taught against the Confession itself. The intent of the Act was to open the door to union with the broader United Presbyterian Church. The Declaratory Act, not being of a constitutional nature, but only a current interpretation of the constitution, did not materially change the constitution. Thus the conservatives, bound by their unaltered constitutional vows to the constitution of the church, stayed in the church, though two ministers left and formed the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland. The foreseen union between the United Presbyterian Church and the Free Church took place in 1900 and the United Free Church was formed. The Constitutionalists stayed out of the unconstitutional union, continued the Free Church of Scotland, and repealed the Declaratory Act in 1905.
The Declaratory Act includes the statement, “that liberty of opinion is allowed on matters in the subordinate standard not essential to the doctrine therein taught.” With such ideas rife in confessional churches today, Kennedy’s dismantling of such broad-tent subscription is an example for conservatives today.
Hyper-Evangelism: Another Gospel, though a Mighty Power, HTML, Buy 1874, with a 6 paragraph introduction by Rev. Sherman Isbell
This is a spiritually insightful critique of the American, revivalist style, D.L Moody crusades in Scotland, that emphasized quick external professions of faith to the detriment and exclusion of a substantial, balanced and persevering Christian life. This is must reading and directly applicable to our day of Fast-Food Christianity.
The Lord’s Day, Re-typset PDF, 1883, 9 pages
An excellent defense of the Biblical and majority, historic reformed view against musical instruments in worship
Books of Sermons
Sermon Notes, 2 volumes Buy 390 & 324 pages
Need help with sermons? Look over these sermon notes. Also makes for edifying reading on the Lord’s Day
The Father’s Drawing, Jn. 6:44, HTML, no date, 11 pages
Justification by Faith, Rom. 4:5, HTML, no date
The Secret of the Lord, Ps. 25:14, HTML, no date
The Tree of Life, Rev. 22:2, Re-typset PDF, 1883, 10 pages
What is Sin? Ps. 51:4, 1883
Things to be Pondered: A course of twelve lessons, which I have begun to learn, and should not cease to remember, no date, two pages, from The Life of John Kennedy, D.D. by Rev. Alexander Auld
Here is Biblical meditation and self-examination at its best. Read this five minute piece, and then do the same.
Book Review of The Savior, HTML, no date, by Rev. Sherman Isbell
MacLeod was a leading authority on Scottish history and theology. His work is a classic; dense but colorful. Read this first for a short sketch of Kennedy.
The Disruption Worthies of the Highlands was a commemorative work to remember the lives of those who paid such a high price to form the Free Church of Scotland. An excellent biographical article.
Life of John Kennedy, D.D., Buy 261 pages, by Alexander Auld
This is the major life of Kennedy
Memoir of Rev John Kennedy, D.D., of Dingwall, HTML, 1893, 21 paragraphs, from the Inverness Courier
A Prince Among Preachers, An Introduction, 2007, by Neil Ross, scroll down the page a little for the bio
The Prince of Highland Preachers: a Sketch of Dr. John Kennedy of Dingwall, HTML, no date, 17 paragraphs, by anonymous