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nucleus: spring 2012

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passion for truth

Welcome to the first Nucleus of 2012. I hope it finds you well – living and speaking for Jesus, abiding in his unending love and peace. Unity is a powerful virtue for any team or group of people working towards a common goal or purpose. This is especially true for...

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Joseph, Chief of Staff

Alexandra Roche reports on the 2012 CMF National Student Conference. As medical students, we all have a dream. We dream of being able to alleviate people's suffering and having the privilege of listening to their concerns. Although we may not want to admit it, perhaps we also dream of power;...

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news review

Medical stories from the UK and overseas Compiled by Vongai Madanire and Laurence Crutchlow funding for NHS Chaplaincy Data compiled by the National Secular Society (NSS) suggests that £29 million is spent annually on hospital chaplains. Using data obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, the NSS claims that if...

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should we all evangelise?

Of course! says Bernard Palmer A Christian who is unconcerned for those without Christ is himself in serious need of help. Even atheists understand this. Penn Jillette is an avowed and vocal atheist. He is one half of the famous comic illusionist act, 'Penn and Teller'. One day a polite but...

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when Christians disagree?

Laurence Crutchlow asks why we disagree and suggests some solutions. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company...' (Acts 15:39). Disagreement is common. We're used to seeing politicians wag their fingers across the despatch box, or to hearing differing opinions about how best to treat a patient. But...

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healing or cure?

Vongai Madanire shares a case and some personal thoughts. case history Janet (1) is a 46-year-old accountant, wife, and mother to one boy and four girls. In the late 1990s she was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Subsequently, repeated blood tests have shown a gradual decline in her renal...

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should Christians engage in politics?

Mark Bowers says 'Yes!' It is somewhat surprising that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) rarely gets onto the six o'clock news. Its campaigns on behalf of endangered albatrosses and the protection of Devon's wild wetland are left largely unreported by mainstream media. I say 'surprising' because...

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what? where? who?

Giles Cattermole considers guidance and God's will. Part 1: God guides, we follow This is the first part of a three-part series on guidance. Parts 2 (Godly wisdom) and 3 (Godly decision-making) will be published in the Summer and Winter issues of Nucleus, and will give more practical application of...

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Praying for the sick

Jon Farrar was a very good friend of mine. He loved sport and was an accomplished athlete. Football, hockey, squash, tennis, cycling, swimming, running, 'Iron Man races' and off-piste skiing were his delight. He had become a Christian as a young man whilst travelling the world 'to find himself'. ...

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the sovereignty of God and healthcare

David Jones reflects on how we talk abotu God's sovereignty in medicine the sovereignty of God and healthcare David Jones reflects on how we talk about God's sovereignty in medicine a medical student's confession I sometimes find it difficult when I hear the way my dear non-medical church family speaks...

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Christian beliefs

Wayne Grudem IVP 2010 RRP £8.99 (£4 on 12-12 scheme) Christian Beliefs is a condensed version of the author's in depth Systematic Theology, and is definitely a 'must read' as it covers the ground work of what it means to be a Christian. It touches many of the big...

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I could do that

Edited by Andrew Fergusson and Steve Fouch CMF 2009 £5 RRP (but £2 on 12-12 scheme) A brilliant book - at the same time both easy and challenging to read. The short chapters lend themselves to the busy student who's reading between lectures of clinics, and are written in...

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cross-word 6

By Lactometer (1 Peter 2:2) Entries can be submitted by post to the ofice, or email to giles.cattermole@cmf.org.uk The deadline is 1 July 2012. The winning entry will receive a voucher worth £10 for books from the CMF website, and runners up will receive a CMF pen-torch. Competition is open only to...

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Heroes and Heretics: Luther and Calvin

The last edition remembered Tyndale, who was strangled and burnt for translating the Bible into English. His dying prayer was that the eyes of King Henry VIII would be opened. Just two years later, the assassin king decreed that Tyndale's Bible should be available in every parish in England. Sadly,...

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