Glenn's church

Church of the Covenant
Cincinnati, Ohio 45240

About Glenn
  • 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).
  • Experience: Pastor Glenn has been involved in church planting for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in Nebraska, Arkansas and Chicago. He has also served as an assistant pastor. He was ordained in 1994, after working for a number of years as a biomedical engineer.
  • 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.
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  • Debt And Devotion

    Contributed on Apr 12, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    God absorbs a debtor’s default.

    Introduction Read Luke 7.36-50. Pray. So bad people need big forgiveness; as a result, when they meet Jesus, they love him much. Better people need less forgiveness, and so love little. The woman was bad, “a woman of the city,” “a sinner.” To state it crassly, a streetwalker or more

  • I Simply Must Have…

    Contributed on Apr 4, 2011
    based on 8 ratings

    God recreates the whole life of those who give up small ambitions and admissions.

    Read Matthew 13.44-46. Pray. Introduction Matthew again pairs two parables to press on us all the more forcefully one point. Last week we heard two parables of hidden and growing power. The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, small and insignificant, but hidden in the dirt it grows to more

  • Bust Or Boom?

    Contributed on Mar 30, 2011
    based on 8 ratings

    God grows his life in his people until his power renovates them wholly.

    Introduction Read Matthew 13.31-33. Pray. Revelation 20.1-6: Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and more

  • Weeds In Church Buildings

    Contributed on Mar 22, 2011
    based on 15 ratings

    God asks patience and faithfulness of his people while he works his cosmic plan to a perfect conclusion.

    Read Matthew 13.24-30. Pray. Introduction They are likely the two worst spy cases in US history. Beginning in April of 1985 and continuing until his arrest in February of 1994, Aldrich Ames sold intelligence secrets to the Soviets (and then the Russians) for $4.6 million. Early on, the CIA more

  • The Soil Of The Soul

    Contributed on Mar 15, 2011
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    God must be sought by those whose soil is not nurturing the fruit of the Spirit.

    Read Matthew 13.1-9. Pray. Introduction A Greek philosopher wanted to illustrate to his students that they must not only have knowledge but also a life changed by the truths he gave them. He said, “Sheep do not vomit up the grass to show the shepherds how much they have eaten; but, inwardly more

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    Contributed on Sep 30, 2008

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    Contributed on Sep 30, 2008

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    Contributed on Sep 30, 2008

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    Contributed on Sep 17, 2008

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    Contributed on Sep 17, 2008
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