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nucleus: September 2013

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beliefs and values

As well as a modicum of cricket (Heroes and Heretics, page 32), this issue begins a new series of articles explaining CMF's beliefs and values. CMF holds to an evangelical basis of faith, shared with UCCF, which outlines our core beliefs. CMF members sign the simple affirmation: 'I am in...

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our values: love and obey

'To acknowledge, love and obey God as the creator, sustainer and Lord of all life' Laurence Crutchlow explores the first of CMF's values. This first of CMF's values is the foundation; the one that underpins the other nine. To analyse it, we'll look at who God is, and then what...

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our beliefs

'there is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.' Giles Cattermole considers the trinity. Isn't the trinity a bit odd? A theological abstraction that confuses and divides? Wouldn't it just be simpler to believe in a 'singular' god? Why is it the first statement...

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apologetics 3: responding to suffering

the biggest question We turn now to what is often seen as the biggest objection or obstacle to faith - the existence of pain and suffering in a world where God is said to be good and loving. Whether we simply turn to today's news, or are talking with family...

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fjords and fellowship

what did we do? Having answered an advert for summer teams on the CMF website, we found ourselves in Norway. After sightseeing in Oslo, we met with local students to travel to Hermon Høyfjellssenter, a traditional wooden lodge in a Christian-run ski resort. The beautiful surroundings were a real retreat from...

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euthanasia - what does the Bible say?

Despite huge pressure from lobby groups, and two bills (1) currently under consideration by British parliaments, both euthanasia and assisted suicide remain illegal in the UK. The opposition to legalisation from faith groups, the medical profession and disabled people's advocates has been strong and the key argument (2) that changing...

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A New Name

A New Name Emma Scrivener IVP 2012 £7.99 RRP A New Name is the gripping, harrowing, inspiring story of Emma Scrivener's personal experience with anorexia. It is also, wonderfully, a breathtakingly honest and insightful account of her struggle to know God and to know herself in relation to...

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is God a genocidal monster?

One of the commonest objections to Christianity is that the God of the Old Testament is rather unpleasant. Richard Dawkins has called him 'a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser...a racist, infanticidal, genocidal...capriciously malevolent bully.' (1) Typically strong words, but it is fair to ask how we can make sense of the...

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cross-word 10

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Christian medical service overseas

'What do you mean by "the old-fashioned missionary"?' 'Oh, one who joins a Society, and wears a topi!' Such was the appraisal of a senior member of a University CU in a missionary study group of 1962. The subject under discussion was 'preparation for overseas service', and the last avenue...

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Heroes and Heretics: CT Studd

Heroes 11: CT Studd (1860-1931): Not just cricket! Etonians get bad press these days: rich, arrogant and over-privileged. But what would you think of an Etonian who gave away £2 million and rejected celebrity status to become a pioneering missionary in China, India and Congo? Chances are, you've never heard of...

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