Good news in hard places

To Die For

August 19, 2014 | David MansfieldNelson Mandela was prepared to die to free South Africa from the evil of Apartheid and Rory Steyn, Mandela’s chief bodyguard, was prepared to die for his president.

The doctor

June 30, 2014 | David PettettThe Chaplain was called to ICU. The doctor was waiting for him.

From glib answers to lament

May 26, 2014 | David PettettEarly in my time, ministering as paediatric chaplain I was called to attend to the withdrawal of life support to a baby a few weeks old.

Good news in ICU

May 15, 2014 | David PettettAs a hospital chaplain called to the bedside of a dying patient, I was asked most often about forgiveness.

Listening at the bedside

April 1, 2014 | David PettettMany times when, as a hospital chaplain, I have been invited to the bedside of a complete stranger, I have been amazed at how God has touched their life.

What I have learned not to say

February 19, 2014 | David PettettPastoral care of suffering people and their family is always a difficult privilege.

The best-kept ministry secret

January 24, 2014 | David PettettThe young minister hadn’t thought much about hospital Chaplaincy. It wasn’t real ministry after all.

Mum’s prayers

December 13, 2013 | David PettettI’ve told a number of stories through this blog about men who have been changed mightily by the gospel.

Listening, really listening

November 21, 2013 | David PettettRecently one of the volunteers was a bit sceptical about what they were being taught. “I’m 62 years old. I don’t need to be taught to listen"...

On entertaining angels

October 11, 2013 | David PettettHow often do we think we’re being hospitable when we’ve just had a pleasant dinner party with the neighbours?

Grace Changed Harry

August 27, 2013 | David PettettThis story is about a man who was radically changed by grace

Engaging a community

July 18, 2013 | David PettettTwenty years ago Katoomba started its Winter Magic Festival, celebrating the winter solstice.

Wanting people like me

May 8, 2013 | David PettettDave had become a Christian in jail and was nervous about getting out.

God turning the other cheek

March 28, 2013 | David PettettOur history (world & personal) focuses on just one event


February 18, 2013 | David PettettThe other day I was speaking to a minister in Sydney who told me he had 25% of his population in Church!