Good news in hard places

Jessica’s story

October 16, 2012 | David PettettJessica’s family had to make one of the hardest decisions of their lives.

Being in the present moment

September 28, 2012 | David PettettIt is always tempting when we encounter someone in emotional pain to offer a solution or advice or to tell them about when something similar happened to us.

Helping men like Phil

September 4, 2012 | David PettettLike many young men who end up in gaol on remand, Phil turned up to chapel one Sunday morning. Like many others he had a question on his mind.

Risking and reaching out

August 10, 2012 | David PettettThe story of a congregation that took a risk and reached out to a family in need. It’s a story of simple Christian love, of dedication and sacrifice.

A good and bad news story

July 30, 2012 | David PettettGaol didn't cure Armen...

Why Mr Fix It Man doesn’t work

July 13, 2012 | David PettettJohn challenges us in his Gospel to carefully consider who Jesus is and to ask a related question, “Who am I looking for?” A miracle worker or the Christ?

The Rock that is higher than AC/DC

June 21, 2012 | David PettettVisiting Bon Scott’s grave is still on Gary’s bucket list, and heavy rock may always be a favourite, but he has now encountered something far more amazing..

Saved from the brink of Hell

June 8, 2012 | David PettettIt's an occupational hazard for the hospital chaplain. The phone rang at 3 a.m.

Putting the jigsaw together for people like Chris

May 17, 2012 | David PettettChris is six two, slim build with powerful muscles. He works out a lot and loves boxing. He has been in and out of jail since he was 14.

Where is God in grief?

May 4, 2012 | David PettettIt is often difficult for Christians to grieve. Sometimes the loss is so palpable it is hard to see the Lord’s goodness.

Jessica’s beach farewell

April 13, 2012 | David PettettJessica had been admitted to hospital for self harm. She was only 14.

How good is that

March 22, 2012 | David PettettA hospital baptism shows just how great God is.

Jesus rules even jails

March 9, 2012 | David PettettI had the privilege the other day of going back to Lithgow jail. I left there a year ago after seven years as a prison Chaplain.

God gets to make the rules

February 28, 2012 | David PettettDeena and her siblings were foster children, passed from home to home. The good situations never cancelled out the bad ones.

Mobilising the marginalised

February 10, 2012 | David PettettI have found it easy to connect with people on the margins of our society. They’re responsive when they’re treated as fellow human beings. But....