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passion for truth

How does a passion for truth translate into our study and work today? What happens when standing up for the truth leads us into conflict with authority? Karim Fouad Alber's article explores our dealings with medical school authorities when truth may conflict with them. Of course to know the truth,...

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Christian medical ethics

I recently finished a twelve week long student selected module (SSM) on Christian Medical Ethics at the University of Leicester. As part of the medical curriculum, the SSM runs in the latter half of our second year. You may ask, 'what is an SSM?' Well, let me explain. The module...

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news review

xenotransplantation In response to the shortage of human organs available for donation, experts are investigating the use of pigs to harvest organs. By using pigs created with human genes, researchers hope pig organs will not be rejected by the human host. Scientists say a trial transplanting porcine corneas into humans...

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Tyndale challenge

Alex Bunn tests our Bible knowledgeEven Richard Dawkins believes that we should all know our Bibles! The examples below have made a great contribution to English language and culture, which even Dawkins recognises. Does Richard Dawkins know his Bible better than UK medical students? See if you can identify these...

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medics at Forum

Each year, in the first week of    September, around 1,000 student leaders from across the UK don their wellies, pack up their tents and bring their Bibles, notebooks and enthusiasm to the University and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) Forum conference at Quinta Hall in Shropshire. The conference aims to equip...

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spirituality of Monday to Saturday

Work is what you do when you'd rather be somewhere else, right? And maybe as a Christian you feel that the important spiritual work is done by pastors and evangelists, something of eternal value. After all, this world is going to be incinerated? Perhaps the best you can do is...

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Another fees protest?

Laurence Crutchlow considers recent tuition fee protests and our response. November 2011 saw another protest in London over university tuition fees. (1) Although there were 24 arrests, the event was more peaceful than past protests. Organisers and police varied in their estimates of attendance, with police claiming that about 2,000...

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Why join CMF?

connecting CMF exists to unite Christian doctors and students. It connects us to other Christian students in medical school, to local doctors, to medics nationally and internationally. Locally, you can meet up one-to-one for Bible study and prayer, maybe with an older student or junior doctor, to help you both...

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Spirituality and health

Bernard Palmer reminds us that everyone has spiritual needs. What a tragedy it is that there are a few influential people in our society who see medicine only in terms of biochemistry, anatomy and physiology. The following is an extract from Alister McGrath's excellent book on the history of atheism...

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authority

I was keen to make a good impression. I was on my 'urology week' - one week out of my surgical module where I was attached to the urology team. The surgeons had a reputation of not having much patience with students who they deemed incompetent or a nuisance. I...

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The Single Issue

Being a Christian isn't always easy. The same is true for being single. Surely it's just bad luck to find yourself both single and a Christian - double the difficulties some may say. It can feel that marriage is the expected within church, and with that comes pressure to settle...

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Know and Tell the Gospel

Well-organised into accessible sections, this book is rooted in the Bible and is full to the brim with quotations, allowing further study of the topics discussed. It sets out what the gospel is, why personal evangelism is important, and how we should go about it. Tough theological issues surrounding evangelism...

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Heroes and Heretics: William Tyndale and Henry VIII

Hero 7: William Tyndale Heretic: Henry VIII What would you call a man who kills off two wives, confiscates state property, and then declares himself spiritual leader of the nation? Serial killer? Despot? Megalomaniac? Or the first head of the Church of England? No wonder Catholics sometimes ask Anglicans how it...

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Cross word 5

Please print the pdf version of the crossword. Competition is open to CMF student members.

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a day in the life...

5.45am - Wake up, manage to drag self out of bed, realise it's already 37 degrees. Kill several cockroaches which have invaded my room overnight. Check to see if there is electricity - hurrah, fill kettle up from barrel of water, today will be a coffee day. Wash using a...

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