Good news in hard places

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....

A difficult privilege

January 23, 2012 | David PettettAs I write this my friend John is dying.

There are many Katherines this Christmas

December 23, 2011 | David PettettAs you celebrate Christmas this year, spare a thought and prayer for those people who are struggling.

Chattering the Gospel

December 9, 2011 | David PettettAn encounter with Clara, an amazing woman of God.

What’s voluntary about it?

November 18, 2011 | David Pettett When can a person with dementia make a voluntary decision to end their life?

Innocent, I presume?

November 4, 2011 | David PettettThis blog is about good news in hard places but while the man whose story is told here has had something of a good outcome, this is not a good news story.

Jesus, George and joy

October 20, 2011 | David PettettWhen I was Chaplain in the Remand Centre people used to ask me what I did in there.

Joshua’s greatest struggle

October 6, 2011 | David PettettAt a party, Joshua did a stupid thing. Life has been a downhill run since then.

Finding a safe place for Robert

September 25, 2011 | David PettettRobert's home had never been safe. His mother moved regularly to stay one step ahead of his violent father.