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nucleus: winter 2012

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Fixing our eyes on Jesus

'Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2, NIV 1984) Fixing our eyes upon Jesus can often seem more of a dream than a reality. We say that he is central to what we do, of course, and usually mean to keep him central, but how easy is this to do during a busy...
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An amazing opportunity

I heard about the CMDA Kenya National Student Conference through an email from CMF encouraging people to attend if they were in East Africa during their elective. I felt that it would be a great start to my placement in Rwanda, putting God at the forefront of the whole experience. I also wanted to...
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Fruit bearing

Many socially-minded aid organisations started with a Christian agenda. But then the social aims took over and the concerns of the Bible about eternal salvation slipped into the background or were lost. Cadbury, Oxfam, Christian Aid, Barnardo's and YMCA are just a few. The Christian Aid website has...
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News review

Abortion law controversy in Republic of Ireland - The death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian dentist, has led to renewed questions about abortion law in the Republic of Ireland. Abortion is illegal there, in contrast to the situation in England, Scotland and Wales. A 1992 Irish court judgment...
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medical school news

This year's conference took place in November in the Downton Abbey-esque surroundings (think four-poster beds!) of Castledaly Manor, County Westmeath. The Cork contingent put the rest of us to shame, being the only medical school to make it on time! Other attendees soon arrived from Queen's...
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Is God helpless or heartless?

'How are atheists produced? In probably nine cases out of ten, what happens is something like this: A beloved husband, or wife, or child, or sweetheart is gnawed to death by cancer, stultified by epilepsy, struck dumb and helpless by apoplexy, or strangled by croup or diphtheria; and the looker on,...
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Uncover gospel project

Uncover is a national Christian Union campaign to give students the opportunity to meet with Jesus in Luke's Gospel. In 2011 UCCF launched the Uncover Seeker Bible Studies , a series of six Bible studies in Luke written by Rebecca Manley Pippert. This year, UCCF has produced high-quality, hardback,...
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Apologetics 2: always be prepared

In the first article of this series, (1) I suggested that apologetics is a form of evangelism. Now we will consider a couple of more general issues about how we might 'do' apologetics and whether we all really need to be involved with it. We have already seen that Paul 'defended' the gospel on his...
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What? Where? Who?

This is the third and final part of a three-part series on guidance. Part 1 (God guides, we follow) (1) and part 2 (godly wisdom) (2) were published in the Spring and Autumn 2012 issues of Nucleus respectively. This time we'll turn to more practical application of what we've learned so far. It's...
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First aid at Forum

Forum equips Christian students to lead others in living and speaking for Jesus. Almost 1,000 student leaders turned up this year from Christian Unions (CUs), Christians in Sport, CMF and other groups. Quinta Hall in Shropshire hosts the annual training event where wellies, enthusiasm and a Bible...
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The reason for God

The Reason for God - Tim Keller Hodder and Stoughton 2009 £8.00 RRP (but £4.00 on 12-12 scheme) Here is a powerful apologetic for the Christian faith written for Christian and non-Christian alike; or as Tim Keller would categorise people,believers and sceptics alike. At first he encourages both...
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The Fight

The Fight - John White IVP 2008 £8.00 RRP (but £4.00 on 12-12 scheme) With such an abundance of Christian books being published to teach and direct us on so many different areas of life, do you find it difficult to know where to start? Try this. The Fight offers an overall, Bible-based guide to the...
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Heroes and heretics

In our last article we saw how rationalists in the Enlightenment elevated human reason to the point of absurdity. (1) They encouraged scepticism; a commitment to staying uncommitted to any reality beyond immediate sight and touch, so the 'inner candle of reason,' rejecting any authority higher than...
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