Read the Bible with… Guan Un

Guan is a writer. When he’s not writing, he likes to take his daughter to the movies.

Where do you live and go to church?

I live in Stanmore, in Sydney’s inner west, and go to church at Erskineville Village Anglican Church. We’re super-friendly, and you should come too.

Name a Bible character you resonate with and why.

David, and his mix of honesty and faith in the Psalms.

Where do you read the Bible?

In random places: sometimes standing in line, in bed, at my desk, on the train.

What’s one thing from the Bible that’s stuck in your brain at the moment?

John 15 – Jesus is the true vine, and our work is to abide in him.

Name one part of the Bible you keep coming back to again and again and why.

Philippians: “I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.”

Describe one of your Bible reading failures and what you learned.

I’ve tried a whole bunch of different Bible reading plans, and pretty much failed at all of them. I learned you don’t have to read the Bible the way anyone else reads the Bible – you have to read it in such a way as you hear God speaking through the text. That’s the important thing.

What advice would you give someone struggling to read the Bible each day?

Start small – even one verse can be plumbed for great riches. And find a reading partner to do the journey with you.

Just for fun: If you were a monster what would be your defining feature?

Periodically forgetting I’m a monster, and scaring myself in the mirror.

Read the Bible with Guan

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