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The erosion of Christian civil liberties

Keeping a biblical perspective Last year 'Christians in Parliament', an official All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) chaired by Gary Streeter MP, launched an inquiry called 'Clearing the Ground', which was tasked with considering the question: 'Are Christians marginalised in the UK?' The inquiry was facilitated by the Evangelical Alliance (1) and the...

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Unsafe sex

Why STI rates continue to rise Review by Trevor Stammers Programme Director in Bioethics and Medical Law, London Public Health England (PHE) has released figures showing the highest annual levels of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). (1) There were 448,422 recorded hospital clinic diagnoses – a rise of 5%...

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Hunger: not part of God's plan

Global malnutrition is becoming an epidemic Review by Steve Fouch CMF Head of Allied Professions Ministries. It is sobering that in the 21st Century we still face a malnutrition epidemic affecting millions. In 2011, according to recently published figures in The Lancet, (1) 3.1 million under-fives died from...

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Assisted suicide

Renewed pressure to change the law must be resisted Review by Peter Saunders CMF Chief Executive The relentless pressure to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia continues unabated in Britain. The Court of Appeal hearing of two cases of locked-in syndrome (Nicklinson and 'Martin') on 13- 16 May was...

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The NHS number

Time for private abortion providers to be accountable Review by Philippa Taylor CMF Head of Public Policy A Government consultation on the collection of national statistics on abortion may seem like a dry and uncontroversial topic. However, it has provided CMF with an opportunity to highlight an...

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Love poured out is never wasted

Martin Scott-Brown remembers Millie and the blessing her short life brought. key points Millie: not a medical problem to be faced but a daughter, however imperfect, to be treasured and loved. There were many gains from sharing Millie in the church and community and not hiding her away. 'There's...

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Abortion: there is a better way

A compassionate response to the abortion debate Christine Scott tells of her involvement with a local crisis pregnancy centre. key points Coming alongside women at a time of difficulty and accepting them is what demonstrates Christ's compassion. What happens next is not our responsibility. Looking to the future, a...

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Your money, their lives

Philippa Taylor assesses the costs of screening for Down's. key points Many more women are opting for antenatal screening than was originally expected. With screening techniques becoming more sophisticated, demand will increase further. Meanwhile few appreciate the true costs involved. In 1992 it was...

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Fast if you dare

John Wenham tells how beginning to fast triggered radical change. key points Fasting is a much-neglected spiritual discipline. It can bring to the surface the hidden desires of our hearts. It is a way to clear time for prayer and listening to God… but be ready to...

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Rendle Short lecture 2013

Being a servant leader in the NHS Nick Land on how the Christian faith informs attitudes to work and leadership. key points Our work is a central part of our stewardship as Christians. All doctors in one way or another are called upon to be leaders. There are huge challenges facing the NHS:...

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Calling or stewardship?

Huw Morgan questions the way we think about working overseas. key points Emphasising 'calling' alone risks sidestepping the wider issue of the responsibilities of Western-educated Christian professionals. Christian stewardship requires that all Christian doctors respond in some way to the needs of the poor in our global village. Dare to step outside your comfort...

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Challenging the stereotypes

Catriona Waitt and Abi Randall found short-term work overseas is as much about being as doing. keypoints Providing relief for a longterm worker is a valuable service. Taking children along can be a blessing, not a burden. Imaginative use of leave and holiday can free up time to go....

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A Thorn in My Mind

Mental Illness, Stigma and The Church Cathy Wield Instant Apostle, 2012 £8.00 Pb 200pp ISBN 9780955913525 A good book to buy for yourself, or for someone whose family member or friend is struggling with mental illness. But don't be too quick to buy it for...

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Living with Infertility

A Christian Perspective Rosemary Morgan Bible Reading Fellowship, 2013 £7.99 Pb 144pp ISBN 9780857460837 The key to this book is, unsurprisingly, in its title. Having read several books on infertility that focused on treatments and options available, and the rights and wrongs of each, I was half expecting the...

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A New Name

Grace and healing for anorexia Emma Scrivener IVP, 2012 £7.99 Pb 176pp ISBN 9781844745869 A beautifully written autobiographical account, this book lifts the lid on the inner turmoil of anorexia in a manner which is highly illuminating and frankly terrifying. With great honesty Emma...

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John Sentamu's faith stories

20 true stories of faith changing lives today John Sentamu Darton, Longman and Todd, 2013 £8.99 Pb 160pp ISBN 9780232529784 20 brief life stories in 135 pages – almost all from the North East of England – all from an Anglican background of varied churchmanship – nine of them...

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Eutychus

The Lancet eats humble pie At long last The Lancet has confessed it got Dr John Snow wrong. Snow, famous for finding the cause of cholera, found a foe in Thomas Wakley, founding-editor of The Lancet, who in an 1855 editorial dismissed Snow's work in no uncertain terms: 'In riding...

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Dominic Beer 1956-2013, a tribute

Dominic Beer, consultant psychiatrist and pioneer in psychiatric intensive care, who served CMF fruitfully for over 20 years, died on 19 April 2013 aged 56. Medicine Dominic went to Wadham College, Oxford in 1975 to study German and History, but even then was considering medicine. Discovering that having no science A-levels...

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When the doctor went to hospital

GP Mary Wren reflects on becoming a patient. From the moment you walk in the door it's as if something changes. You are now part of a surreal world of gowns, tubes, paper knickers and loss of control. Just 24 hours after working in the GP surgery myself, I am tied...

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