Good news in hard places

Hope against hope

April 27, 2015 | It was an ordinary winter’s day.

A Familiar Easter

April 8, 2015 | I had a great privilege in the week running up to Easter.

The hardest question to answer

January 21, 2015 | One question comes back to me from my time as a prison chaplain....

Asking the wrong question

December 19, 2014 | I ran into Paul in the shopping centre. I hadn’t seen him for over three years.

Restoring with justice

November 20, 2014 | I have met some of the worst criminals our justice system has ever dealt with.

The doctor

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

From glib answers to lament

May 26, 2014 | Early 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 | As 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 | Many 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 | Pastoral care of suffering people and their family is always a difficult privilege.

The best-kept ministry secret

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

Mum’s prayers

December 13, 2013 | I’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 | Recently 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