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National Conference - 24-26 April 2015 Hope in a World of Suffering - more details
National Conference - 24-26 April 2015
Hope in a World of Suffering - more details
Developing Health 2015 - details and booking 21 June - 3 July, Oak Hill College, London
Developing Health 2015 - details and booking
21 June - 3 July, Oak Hill College, London
Introducing - The Human Journey Thinking biblically about health
Introducing - The Human Journey
Thinking biblically about health
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Facing serious illness
Guidance for Christians towards the end of life
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CMF Junior Doctors' Retreat
22-24 May 2015
Moyallon Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland
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Delighting in the Trinity
Audio from the 2015 Student Conference.
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Should Assisted Suicide be legalised? Dr Peter Saunders

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Grand Round lecture, Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, Luton UK. Delivered on March 10 2015.

Duration: 46 mins

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events

April 2015

National Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: 24-26 April 2015
Where: Yarnfield Park, Stone, Staffordshire
For: doctors, juniors, nurses, students, allied health professionals
Book online: Online booking available for this event.
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CMF Paediatric Breakfast

this event is run by CMF
When: Wednesday 29 April 2015
Where: The ICC, Birmingham
For: doctors, juniors
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May 2015

Junior Doctors' Retreat

this event is run by CMF
When: 22-24 May 2015
Where: Moyallon Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland
For: doctors, juniors, students
Book online: Online booking available for this event.
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June 2015

Saline Solution Poole

this event is run by CMF
When: Saturday 6 June 2015
Where: St Mary's Longfleet Church Centre, Poole
For: doctors, juniors, students, nurses, allied health professionals
Book online: Online booking available for this event.
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devotional

1st April 2015: Election -- for what?

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God. 1 Peter 1:2 (AV)

Election is one of the oldest grounds of dispute and the subject of much profitless debate. However, there is nothing contentious in this phrase. Peter's two letters face the world as it is. The second letter especially spells out its confusion, perversion, rebellion and ultimate judgment. God's judgment of man is correct as well as inevitable. God is moral and not arbitrary. 'The wrath of God is not vindictive, like the wrath of man; it is purely vindicative. It is simply the vindication of the right, before the eyes of all intelligent and more creatures'. (Douty)

Peter reminds us, however, that God is not willing that any should perish (2 Pet 3:9). A way of escape is provided which is firmly based on the two advents of Christ -- the first which led to the crucifixion, and the second which will entail a 'new heaven and a new earth', as well as final judgment. Peter's other great theme is a corollary -- in view of all this -- wherefore -- forasmuch -- seeing -- likewise -- because God has done so much for us, we should be a people with a difference.

Strangely enough this is the election which concerns Peter. It is not one to be a topic of sterile debate and contention between Christians, but the thing which makes Christians different. It is purposive. God is calling people to serve and function in obedience to him; to live in a new way; to walk humbly because of what we are while also walking tall because we are so privileged. It is exactly the same in Romans, chapters 8-11, where Paul enlarges on the tent of God's love in Christ, but follows inevitably and without a break into Chapter 12 -- 'therefore give yourselves unreservedly to God'.

General elections take place so that free countries can be governed. God has elected believers to live in the light of his love in work that he has planned for them. regardless of difficulties that may come our way today, nothing can change our standing and purpose in life. People with a destiny live differently.

Called to be different -- how different are you?

Look at Matthew Arnold's uncertainty:

We but dream we have our wish'd for powers.
Ends we seek we never shall attain.
Ah, some power exists there, which is ours?
Some end is there, we indeed may gain?

then look at Murray McCheyne's confident resolve:

Chosen not for good in me,
Wakened up from wrath to flee,
Hidden in the Saviour's side,
By the Spirit sanctified.
Teach me, Lord, on earth to show
By my love, how much I owe.

Further reading: 2 Pet 1:2-11. Rom 8:28-30.

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press releases and submissions

Charities unite to express concern about distorted abortion debate (24/10/2013)

The Christian Medical Fellowship, CARE in Northern Ireland and the Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland have briefed Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) this week that they are deeply concerned by the possibility of a knee-jerk legislative response based on a misunderstanding of anencephaly, abortion and Northern Ireland's abortion law....
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Failure of CPS to prosecute effectively legalises sex selection abortion in Britain, says CMF (5/9/2013)

The Christian Medical Fellowship has said that the failure of the Crown Prosecution Service to take action in recent cases of sex selection abortions and pre-signing of abortion forms raises serious questions about its role in upholding the law. The CPS has this week opted to take no further action in regard to two named doctors who sought to...
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Government Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill – Prevent Duty Guidance - 30/1/2015

We affirm the importance of free speech on campus, and recognise the potential risk of misuse of higher education institutions as platforms for drawing people into terrorism. However we are concerned that the guidance as currently drafted would have a chilling effect on free speech and freedom of association, wholly disproportionate to its impact...

Department of Justice, Northern Ireland - consultation on amending the criminal law on abortion - 16/1/2015

The Northern Ireland Department of Justice seeks a change in the law that would permit abortion in cases where the unborn baby has a 'lethal fetal abnormality'. Further, the Department is also considering doing so in relation to cases of rape and incest. Finally, they are considering if there should be a right to conscientious objection for those...

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vacancies at CMF

Administrative Assistant

Following an internal promotion, Christian Medical Fellowship is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant to work in the Central Services group. This is an opportunity to be part of a busy team whose members work in accounting, database management and information technology. This role supports the key database and accounting infrastructure of the organisation and offers the opportunity to not only use existing skills but also acquire new skills through training and experience.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Making membership database changes.
  • Entering new and updating existing direct debits and standing orders in the membership database.
  • Dealing with incoming membership correspondence.
  • Producing regular outgoing correspondence with members.

This is a permanent position for three days a week at CMF's office in London.

Contact details:

For further details including a job description, application form and salary details please email recruitment@cmf.org.uk or phone Gwen Gowers on 020 7234 9663.

Closing date: Midnight on Monday 6th April 2015