Read the Bible with… Michael Jensen

Monday 4 May 2015

Michael is the Minister of St. Mark’s Darling Point in Sydney, and a regular contributor to Eternity Newspaper.

Where do you live and go to church?

I live in Darling Point, and go to St Mark’s Anglican Church Darling Point where I am the minister.

Name a Bible character you resonate with and why.

Abraham. He just bumbles along, full of foibles, not really grasping the significance of everything that God is telling him. He’s impatient. But he’s faithful – and that’s what matters.

Where do you read the Bible?

In church, and in my study. In cafes.

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

If God is for us, who can be against us? – it’s an important thing to remember when you feel like everything and everyone is opposed to the gospel.

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

Romans 8. It’s all in Romans 8. It is the enormity of the atonement that does it for me.

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

I always try to kick start my Bible reading by trying to read too much all at once. Then I get overwhelmed and give up. What I learnt? Little by little is always better.

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

I would say that I have the same struggle. And I would say: find a person or group to do it with. Set yourself a small target, and try it for about six weeks. And plan to do it so that you just do it, and don’t spend time thinking about whether you should do it or not.

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

Bad breath and a foul temper?

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