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nucleus: September 2014

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challenging cynicism

Autumn may seem a strange time to publish a piece on 'cynicism'. Medical school lecture theatres are full to bursting in those early days when freshers attend absolutely every lecture without fail; the wards are covered in students with shiny new stethoscopes seeking their first patients to clerk, and FY1s...

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Christian, what do you believe?

This question is the customary opening to the recitation of the Apostles' Creed – the ancient declaration of Christian belief chanted by congregants in churches worldwide as a reminder to one another of the central truths of God's glorious gospel. It's a good question, and one we, who call ourselves...

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our beliefs: our sinfulness

Sin, guilt and divine judgment are not popular in polite society; they're not things that people like to talk about. Richard Dawkins thinks Christianity a 'nasty little preoccupation' with 'sin sin sin sin sin sin sin'. (1) If you don't believe in a good and personal God who cares about...

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albanian adventures

Cskemi. That's 'Hi' in Albanian – the first (and very useful!) word I was taught by the lovely lady next to me on the plane. Thankfully, Albanians speak impeccable English so my limited language skills went untested for the next seven days. I'd first heard about the students in Albania...

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our values: service to all

'To serve our patients according to their healthcare need without partiality or discrimination on any basis' Our first reaction to this fourth CMF value might be that it is so obvious as not to be worth stating. Surely the recent Equalities Act (2010), frequent 'Equality and Diversity' training, and repeated...

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apologetics 6: scripture and the resurrection

We have said before that the goal of apologetics is to bring our friends to a real relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Now although there is only one way to God (which we'll look at in a later article), there are many ways to becoming a Christian. The first...

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book reviews

Sex, Dating and Relationships: A fresh approach Gerald Hiestand & Jay S Thomas (Crossway, 2012 RRP £7.55, but only £5 as part of the Take + Read scheme) The Dating Dilemma: A romance revolution Rachel Gardner & Andre Adefope (IVP, 2013 RRP £8.99)...

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studying and working for Jesus

Christians have been called to Christ. Thats our primary calling, and its true for all of us. Were called to faith, holiness and salvation (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14), to freedom (Galatians 5:13), to the one hope (Ephesians 1:18, 4:4). Were called to eternal life (1 Timothy 6:12), to a holy life...

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cynicism: hope for heartless cynics

case histories The following sayings illustrate the negative mindset of cynics on campus and to patients on ward rounds: 'God's only excuse is that he doesn't exist' (1) 'He's a born-again Christian. The trouble is, he suffered brain damage during rebirth.' 'Life is a sexually transmitted disease...

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Heroes and Heretics: Corrie ten Boom

There are many stories of heroic men and women who risked their lives saving Jews during WWII, so what was different about Corrie ten Boom? To be honest, when I was asked to write this article, I asked myself this same question. However, page by page, her own account of...

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