This site is for Christians. The content is intended to encourage my Christian sisters and brothers to follow the teachings of Jesus.
All thoughts expressed on this site are my own. If I have quoted anyone else I have done so in quotation marks and have acknowledged the source.
All scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version of our Bible unless otherwise indicated.
Photographs of Western Australian plants are by Ken Maley. Ken is a professional photographer and all these images are copyright.
Thank you for considering what I have to say. I pray that God will bless you and keep you safe as you walk with him.
Jesus is Lord.
My name is Peter Oliver and I believe that I have a particular, God-given, personal mission – to encourage Christians to follow the teachings of Jesus. Jesus said “You have one teacher; the Messiah” (Matthew 23:10). I think he meant it.
I hope and pray that the articles on this site will encourage and help anyone who reads them to follow the teachings of our loving Lord Jesus.
I have a particular concerns for one special group of Christians. Christians who are devout and sincere in their love for God, and in their desire to serve him, but who, for any reason, are not part of a loving, supportive, church community. If you are one of these people I hope that this site is useful and helpful to you. Please contact me if you think I can be of any help, even if it is just to pray for you.
Of course, I am a human being and all human beings make mistakes and get things wrong sometimes. I would like you to regard my thoughts as a contribution to an important discussion that is going on in the Christian church at this time. Because I know that I can get things wrong, I would really like to hear what you have to say about this site. I like to be disagreed with – it helps me to reflect and formulate my own thoughts.
Some personal details: I am married with one adult son. I have a paid teaching role in Mt Hawthorn Community Church in Perth, Western Australia – www.mhcc.asn.au and I am completing a Masters degree at Vose Seminary in Perth – www.vose.edu.au. Being a student at Vose has been very important in helping me to reflect and clarify the thoughts and ideas that God lays on my heart. Vose staff and students come from varied backgrounds and hold widely differing views on many issues. This means that discussions at Vose are just great. It is a real privilege to be able to discuss the things of God with people who don’t see things the same way we do. The seminary has a culture of respect, acceptance and affection which means that people feel safe to share their views even if, like some of mine, they are not “mainstream”. I have found that my views have been listened to, challenged, strongly opposed and firmly supported in discussions, both in lectures and in informal groups. I am also pleased to report that these discussions are normally accompanied by lots of laughter. I recommend Vose.
Jesus is Lord. Jesus is my Lord. I serve him and no other.