Good news in hard places

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!

Iron bars and gold for Christmas

December 20, 2012 | David PettettSomething special has happened behind bars.

No-one sits with John

October 25, 2012 | David PettettI didn’t think that I had done much but just sitting beside John, not saying much, was huge for him.