My name is Peter Oliver and I edit this website. I am a retired preacher and social worker. I am a member of Mt Hawthorn Community Church, a small independent church in Mt Hawthorn, Western Australia http://www.mhcc.asn.au
I believe that God has given me a particular mission – Encouraging Christians to follow the teachings of Jesus.
Since Jesus finished his physical ministry on this earth we, his followers, have been adding layer upon layer of stuff to his teachings. For nearly 2000 years, we have been adding human traditions, doctrines, rituals and rules to Jesus’ teachings. Consequently, we have become burdened and weighed down by these human teachings that have nothing to do with Jesus. I believe that these human teachings are hindering the work of the church and, therefore, hindering the coming of the kingdom of God.
I am not the only person who feels this concern. Thousands of Christians are leaving our mainstream churches because these churches are no longer primarily focussed on the teachings of our Lord and Saviour. I believe that God is leading many of these people to leave mainstream churches to serve him in simpler, better ways. If you are interested in this trend you might like to read the post Christians leaving our churches today may be Christianity’s best hope for tomorrow.
All human beings make mistakes and get things wrong sometimes. I am a human being and, therefore, I make mistakes and get things wrong sometimes. So my thoughts are just contributions to discussions that are going on in the Christian church at this time. Because I know 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.
A few administrative things:
- 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.
- Most photographs are by Ken Maley. Ken is a professional photographer and all these images are copyright.
- The content of this site is managed by Lori Moore of Joyful Web Design. https://lorimoore-webdesigner.com Lori knows exactly what she is doing and does it efficiently, without fuss and at very reasonable rates. I’m glad I met her.
Thank you for considering these thoughts. I pray that God will bless you and keep you safe as you walk with him.