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Editorial

In stark contrast, the psalmist sings gratefully of God's generosity: 'When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.' (Ps 65:3,4) At...

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Has science buried God?

I queued up outside Oxford's Natural History museum clutching a coveted ticket to the sold-out event on 21 October 2008. It was only the second time for Richard Dawkins and John Lennox to debate the existence of God, and the first on English soil. Richard Dawkins is the well-known author...

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John Patrick's UK tour

The man John Patrick is a well known speaker in North America where he has lived in Canada for much of his life after training as a doctor in the UK. He was a main speaker at the CMF student conference in 2003 and a frequent speaker at international ICMDA...

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Meet Vicky Lavy

You've just started working for CMF as Head of International Ministries. What is the job about? It's all about raising the profile of global health issues in CMF and getting people interested in what's going on beyond our world of the NHS and the UK, particularly in the developing world...

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The Yorkshire three peaks challenge

The Yorkshire three peaks walk is a substantial physical challenge. The circular route incorporates Pen y Ghent (691m), Whernside (728m) and Ingleborough (723m). The 26 mile walk, with a total ascent of over 5,000 feet, must be completed within twelve hours. The National Students' Committee (NSC), in their wisdom, decided...

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News Review

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill The 1967 Abortion Act has led to 6.8 million abortions. The 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act provided for various forms of assisted conception, but through allowing embryo freezing, research and disposal up to 14 days has also destroyed 2.2 million human embryos – a...

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Homelessness and asylum

'There's a tramp asking to be seen today,' said the receptionist to the practice manager. She was not sure whether she should register this man, and if so, how. Was he 'immediate and necessary', or a 'temporary resident'? What should she put for his address? He said he was sleeping...

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SSM: Healthcare for the homeless

Homelessness is unavoidable. It is found in every city centre, high street and hospital. As medical students, we consider the role of medicine in this 'social' issue. As Christians, we know that Jesus would be among these people, tending to their needs. [1] We investigated the services available for the...

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Serving the homeless with Barnabus

Barnabus [1] is a Christian charity in Manchester that aims to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with homeless people, prostitutes and prisoners. During the day, its headquarters, 'The Beacon', provides breakfast, washing facilities, Bible studies, friendship and advice. Evenings see volunteers descend on the streets from minibuses,...

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Christian prayer for healing

Most of us heard about the supernatural phenomena claimed at Lakeland, Florida earlier this year at events organised by Fresh Fire Ministries, and led by Todd Bentley, the flamboyant, tattooed Canadian evangelist. It was said people were healed of all sorts of diseases and disabilities, and it was even being...

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Climate change and health

From a biblical perspective, creation care is an integral part of the good news of redemption and new creation in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. One of the lessons Job had to learn was that the created order testifies to the vast wisdom of God and therefore is a...

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Fighting for doctors rights

What? No more free accommodation and no pay increase to cover the extra cost! Just when I thought life was becoming easier without the demands of out of hours work on top of a very pressured and long working day, the government piles on additional QOF [1 ] demands!...

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Wonderfully and fearfully made

Compliancy The compliancy of skin enables it to adapt to its environment. It has the capacity 'to flow around whatever surface it contacts'. Dr Brand, after spending 'hundreds of hours researching the anatomy of living skin', explains the compliancy of fat globules beneath the skin of the hand. The fat...

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How to read the Bible for all its worth

Taking a patient's history can be daunting. You think you know how to get all the information and how to ask the awkward questions, but the nerves set in when the patient is in front of you. And you realise how much you missed out when you speak to your...

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Letters

Editor, As someone who spent her first year at medical school worrying whether that was actually what God had wanted her to do, I found Sam Leinster's article on 'Planning your Career' a great comfort and full of practical advice. My mind had been filled with doubts: What...

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