Hi, I’m Peter Hasert, an ardent truth-seeker and excavator of the bedrock truths that underpin Christianity and spirituality in the midst of our everyday challenges for real people living in the real world. I love words. I love Jesus, and I love words about Jesus.

I am not perfect by any stretch of the imagination; just ask anybody who knows me, but I do carry a message that has been entrusted to me—a message intended to uplift and enlighten the church. As you delve into the depths of this exploration, you’ll find a tapestry woven with insights, symbolism, and linguistic exploration, unravelling hidden meanings that may have eluded us before.

While I lack the usual credentials you might expect, I hope you’ll find the spiritual reality, clarity, and Christian duty explained within this book to be profound once your eyes are opened to their depths. I’ve refrained from attempting to impress, for I understand the importance of simplicity. Despite having experience in both the church and the world, I am, in essence, an ordinary man—assuming Christians can ever be deemed ordinary.

In practical terms, the reason I have written to you is exactly because I am an ordinary Christian, navigating the complexities of faith just like you, and the only credentials I offer are the beauty and truth of the message conveyed through these pages and the real answers to the real questions they contain.

Growing up in South Africa, I was captivated by the stories of how messages traversed the vast landscapes between farms in the early days.

The method employed was simple yet ingenious—tying a message into the crack of a split stick and entrusting it to an indigenous messenger familiar with the territory. In those days, weeks could pass without seeing a neighbour unless a deliberate effort, like sending a messenger, was made. These messengers faced the perils of lions, snakes, and other wildlife, arriving at their destination weathered, worn, dirty, and, let’s be honest, a little smelly. Despite the trials, the message retained its integrity, having been in contact only with the wooden baton, not the messenger. It’s a testament to the resilience of the cross and how it always keeps the message pure and true, regardless of the state of the messenger that God is forced to use—I am just such a messenger.

This is not just a message; it’s a divine charge that has been placed in my care. I have confidence that it will revolutionise not only your perspective on the world but also your understanding of yourself and Christianity.

In 1 Timothy 1:15, Paul humbly declares, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” It’s a sentiment that resonates universally, for in our honest introspection, we find ourselves flawed and imperfect, and no failure is hidden from view. While others often present only their polished selves and not their failings to us, we, in the quiet of self-reflection, confront the wreckage we may have unintentionally left behind in our wake.

The truth is that the only sinners we truly know are ourselves, and we always compare our worst version with the best version of others.

This is my claim to fame—my spiritual bubbling! I embrace this reality—being a flawed individual passionately seeking truth—as a unique qualification to share a message untainted by a façade, devoid of special privileges, and grounded solely in the essence of practical inquiry and application.

If it’s not practicable, I’m not interested! If it doesn’t work, I’m not interested! I want to know what works and what doesn’t!

When I reflect on my journey, I don’t view my lack of theological academic credentials as a hindrance but rather as an unexpected blessing. It’s a sentiment echoed in the Scriptures—James 5:17 reminds us that Elijah, a person with a nature just like ours, achieved remarkable feats through prayer. The disciples themselves, labelled as “ordinary men” in Acts 4:13, were distinguished not by their academic credentials but by the recognition that they had been with Jesus—which is a clue for us.

Even Jesus, in John 7:15, lacked formal education by worldly standards, yet he wielded profound spiritual power and influence. Indeed, the age-old adage holds true—it’s not just about what you know, but who you know. Jesus echoes this sentiment in John 5:39–40, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and yet these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”

In the Western world, we’ve established an extensive theological landscape, complete with schools, esteemed scholars, teachers, and expositors, countless books, and volumes of discussions on Scripture and on Jesus. Sermons, podcasts, and soundbites abound, yet how much actual time are we dedicating to spending time with Jesus?

Maybe He was onto something. Perhaps humanity is more inclined towards the tree of knowledge than the tree of life. In that case, we shouldn’t be surprised by the noticeable lack of “life” in churches and Christian life today.

Yes, I too have attended Bible school—not a lofty seminary but a non-accredited school where foundational truths were laid. I left with the feeling that these basics should have been instilled in us from the start in our local churches. Since then, my understanding has grown exponentially, and the beauty is—as demonstrated by the Lord and those closest to Him—that you can embark on this transformative journey without the need for any formal theological education. Indeed, some might argue that it’s a benefit, as it allows you to operate without a predetermined framework.

As long as you have an open heart and an inquiring mind, which you clearly have; otherwise, you would not be reading this.

Before someone assumes I lack opportunities for formal education, let me share that I was once offered a full scholarship to study anywhere in the world after preaching at a church. However, my pursuit of “understanding” has taken a different route—one that values spiritual insight over academic accolades, which in some cases are questionable. I understand that it is a personal choice, and my decision is influenced by the experiences of friends who have followed the societally expected path.

However, I am by no means undermining the years and effort invested by others. After all, you have to do something with your time while you figure out what Christianity is and how it really works.

I encourage you to prayerfully search the Scriptures—under the enlightening guidance of the Holy Spirit—not just for knowledge but for a life-transforming encounter with the living Christ; they guide us too.

For over 30 years, I’ve navigated and excavated the intricate landscapes of conventional theology, persistent human perspectives promoted in church settings, plainly erroneous beliefs unsupported by Scripture, and the real answers needed for the complexities of real-world dilemmas people face. My relentless pursuit has been fuelled by a mission—to unearth the genuine essence of Christianity, free from religious baggage and the layers of opinionated, subjective, and arbitrary interpretations and man-made doctrines that offer no relief—only useless platitudes.

As an author, I’ve delved into the sands of conventional thought, seeking answers that resonate with real people facing real challenges. I’ve had failures and successes, and I would like to share what I have learned with you. My work is not just about theological discourse; it’s a passionate excavation, revealing the practical, living form of Christianity—where conduct, compassion, and communion with God and others converge into a harmonious symphony.

In the face of diverse views and a labyrinth of interpretations, my journey has been marked by a genuine desire to comprehend and embody the core values of my faith. It’s an odyssey fuelled by authenticity, a commitment to unveil the timeless truths that transcend the noise of doctrinal disputes—a journey to facilitate the understanding Christians need to transition from positional truth to experiential reality.

Join me on this invigorating quest where the complexities of faith meet the simplicity of living it out. My writings are not mere reflections; they are beacons guiding you to a Christianity that synchronises the heartbeat of God with daily life. Through the challenges and triumphs, I invite you to explore, question, and embrace the transformative power of a faith deeply rooted in practicality.

I am Peter Hasert, an author, a seeker, and a fellow traveller, an ordinary-extraordinary Christian, on this journey of understanding and embodying the profound values that Christianity offers in our everyday existence. Together, let’s uncover the authentic, living essence of our faith—one page at a time.