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nucleus: summer 1996

Editorial

Standing in the Gap'- the CMF national students' conference - fired the faithful in a faithless land. After Swanwick, post-qualification, career-long; will we faithfully fill the gap? Modern medicine constantly impinges on our Christian values. The bricks are missing for our lost patients and peers. The gaps are all around,...

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A Critique of Richard Dawkins' Views on Religion

Dawkins' understanding of theology God Dawkins asks, 'who designed the divine creator?' [CLSG, p11 - key at end] as though Christian theology portrayed God as a created being, rather than eternal. On that count alone, the 'god' in whom Dawkins disbelieves is a 'god' in whom Christians do not believe either....

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Azerbaijan - doorway to another world

Sometimes God lets us make our own choices- and at others he seems completely adamant about wanting us to go somewhere or to do something. My time in Azerbaijan was a case of the latter. My church is extremely involved in the '10-40 window' and I had heard about Azerbaijan...

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Compassion for the World's Suffering

Preaching and healing - hand in hand God, the author, sustainer, purpose and centre of all existence, the divine I AM (Ex 3:14), is the focus of eternity. He wants to prepare us for eternal fellowship with himself, by forgiving our sins, and changing us into the likeness of Christ by...

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Standing in the Gap

Standing in the gap was the theme of the 1996 CMF Students' Conference. God calls us to be his voice, his hands, his feet, to spread the Gospel and to serve him. At Swanwick it was encouraging to meet so many people who seemed prepared to do just that. At...

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Licensed to Fill - Confidential Field Report. Agent 008

The name's McAvity. Phil McAvity. Agent in Special Dental Operations. 'X' had called me into her office earlier, and given me a 'job to do'. My Mission: To find out just what Christian Medical Students get up to when they all meet up for a CMF pow-wow. What was 'Standing...

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Differential Diagnosis 16

Luke has a difficult task in determining the aetiology of the blindness in this passage, the possible causes being legion. However, the Apostle John gives us a number of clues. We know that the man was blind at birth or soon afterwards as testified by the people and his parents....

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Dionysius Dialogues - Testimony

Dionysius' story Nitpickerus: Dionysius, some of our readers are wondering who you are. I believe you're well known for your literary attainments and that your full title is 'Dionysius the Areopagite'. Dionysius: Yes. Areopagus is Greek for Mars' Hill. I was a member of the Civil Council which met there. Nitpickerus:...

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Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants (Book Review)

'I do not desire, and cannot even imagine a life without pain', writes Paul Brand, a British surgeon who has worked amongst people with leprosy for most of his life. This is an extraordinary book, which looks quite 'chunky', but don't let that put you off! Instead accept the challenge...

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Give me this Mountain (Book Review)

I must admit that I started this book with a certain degree of trepidation. I knew that it was about a medical missionary in the Congo (now Zaire) and all I knew about the Congo was from Audrey Hepburn's experiences in 'The Nun's Story'. So I was relieved to read...

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Lemuel's Limericks

A clever young Christian from Poole Accepted for medical school Was keen to excel, and endeavoured to sell The idea that he wasn't a fool Ensuring spare moments were sparse (Intending not merely to pass) He buried his head in the books that he read And finished up top of his class He...

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Know Your Bible 18

Answers According to the prophet Ezekiel, the king of Babylon examined a liver to decide whether or not he should attack Jerusalem. This occult practice is known as splanchnomancy. (Ezk 21:21-22) When the 'first angel' poured out his bowl of wrath, those who bore the mark of the beast and worshipped...

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