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Glenn Durham

Contributor since: Aug 23, 2007
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed

About Glenn Durham

Education: Pastor Glenn has a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has completed the coursework for a Doctor of Ministry degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and significant training in counseling through the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC).

Comment to those looking at my sermons: If you preach 10,000 sins but not the one with which your congregation struggles, then you have preached self-righteousness and not Christ. Most of the people in the pew on Sunday morning need the same thing I need: I need Jesus to save me from myself as much as (maybe more) I need him to save me from my sin.

Sermon or series that made a difference: Tim Keller preaching the Gospel, especially in his series, Modern Problems, Ancient Solutions.

One of my favorite illustrations: Pastor Steve Brown: “Contrary to popular opinion, sin is not what you want to do but cannot; it is what you should not do because it will hurt you—and hurt you bad. God is not a policeman; He is a Father concerned about His children. When a child picks up a snake and the father yells, ‘Put that down this instant!’ the child thinks he is losing a toy. The fact is, he is not losing a toy; he is losing a snake.”

Family: Pastor Glenn is married and has two children.

What my parents think of my sermons: Dad died a few months ago. But he listened faithfully and attended church sometimes as a result. Mom knows I am the best preacher ever (except for John Sartelle).

What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She likes them better than mom does.

Best advice given to me about preaching: From Bryan Chapell’s book, Christ-Centered Preaching, know the Fallen Condition Focus on the text and, therefore, preach Christ as the solution.

Books that have had an impact: Calvin’s Institutes, Piper’s Desiring God and Future Grace, Powlison’s many articles in the Journal of Biblical Counseling, Tripp’s Shepherding a Child’s Heart, everything by C. S. Lewis and Tolkien.

If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: The Gospel of Christ says, in its most clear essence: You are more evil than you would have ever dared imagine; and at precisely the same time, you are more loved than you could ever hope.