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nucleus: January 2014

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editorial: beliefs and values

Laurence Crutchlow is a London GP and CMF Associate Head of Student Ministries 'Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music' (Psalm 98:4) Many of us will have sung Joy to the World during Christmas. Based on Psalm 98, the widely sung words...

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summer school 2013

Ella Kim reflects on serving Christ in secular medicine. Christian medics often face difficult ethical issues, and as society becomes increasingly distant from Christianity, we need to be intentional about honouring God with our work. I don't want to go with the flow and be a people-pleaser with the way...

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our values: whole-person medicine

'To practise whole-person medicine which addresses our patients' physical, emotional and spiritual needs' Laurence Crutchlow explores the second of CMF's values. This second of CMF's values might at first glance appear relatively uncontroversial. After all, it is not that different from the World Health Organisation's (WHO) famous definition of...

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manos que sanan

Hands that heal Julia Darko reports on a Spanish Christian medical conference. This year the Union Medica Evangelica, a Spanish association of Christian medical students and doctors put on their first ever nationwide student and doctor conference, which took place from 18-20 October in Madrid. Several members previously attended...

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apologetics 4: why believe in a creator God?

Chris Knight on how we 'do' apologetics Many people grow up with the image of God as an old man in the sky, with white hair and beard – a celestial Santa Claus. When we realise that this picture is unrealistic, unscientific and totally lacking in evidence, it is easy...

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motives of medicine

Chris Damant explores career choices You may have broken your arm when you were younger, but does that mean God is calling you to orthopaedics?! Is obstetrics really your best option just because the staff were friendly during your week on labour ward? Choosing a career is rarely easy. In...

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Is God a genocidal monster? (part 2)

A special correspondent examines a common apologetic question. In the first part of this series on the Canaanite wars, I argued that a God worthy of that name must take wrongdoing seriously. In fact, his anger is a sign that he cares for his creation. The real flesh and blood...

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our beliefs

'God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgment.' Giles Cattermole considers God's sovereignty In the first article in this series we saw that God is love, perfectly and eternally in the trinity. In this article we will see that God is powerfully sovereign. If God were loving but...

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medical missions

Paul Brand challenges us to be adventurers. Paul Brand was an orthopaedic surgeon who taught at Christian Medical College, Vellore. There he saw the horrors of untreated leprosy and the associated stigma. Through his experiences working with people affected by leprosy, he developed a Christian understanding of pain which...

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J. Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ

J. Hudson Taylor: A Man in Christ Roger Steer Learning about a great Christian's life is thoroughly uplifting. Their devoted, sacrificial service testifies to God's transformative power and his desire to use us despite ourselves. James Hudson Taylor was born in Yorkshire in 1832 to faithful Methodist...

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The book that made your world

The book that made your world: how the Bible created the soul of Western Civilization Vishal Mangalwadi This bold and intriguing title immediately caught my attention. Written by Vishal Mangalwadi, a native of India, I was interested to read an Eastern perspective on the Bible and Western thought. This engagingly...

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Heroes and Heretics: William Wilberforce

HEROES 12: WILLIAM WILBERFORCE (24 AUGUST 1759-29 JULY 1833) Melody Redman considers William Wilberforce. Many of us will have seen Amazing Grace (2006), the critically-acclaimed movie which recounted Wilberforce's campaign to abolish slavery. (1) Wilberforce is now considered a hero, but to achieve his goal Wilberforce endured years of severe adversity, with...

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