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nucleus: January 2016

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Faithfulness in crisis and comfort

Laurence Crutchlow is a London GP and CMF Associate Head of Student Ministries. God is still present when we are outside our comfort zone. Perhaps many of us perceive his presence even more in times of challenge, or outside our normal environment. Returning home from any length of time abroad reminds...

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News Review: Junior Doctors' Dispute

From the editor Following an acrimonious dispute between the UK government and junior doctors over a proposed new contract, the British Medical Association (BMA) balloted junior doctor members on strike action. 98% voted in favour of full strike action, on a turnout of more than 76%. At the last minute,...

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I'd often shake the hands of patients...

Alasdair Menzies describes his elective with The Leprosy Mission. My interest in tropical and infectious diseases made India my obvious choice for the medical elective so I applied to The Leprosy Mission England and Wales to work in the hospital and clinics it supports. August, I have been told, is not...

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What thrills me?

Bernard Palmer asks what really motivates us. Bernard Palmer is minister at ChristChurch Baldock, formerly a senior consultant surgeon and author of Cure for Life. People get thrilled when battles are won. 'Arsenal won 3-0 yesterday - fantastic match.' Christians can also get very excited when battles are won. A...

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Salary for the kingdom

Ed Foster calls us to use our salary to build the kingdom. Ed foster is a year 4 clinical student and co-leads the charity '500k churches'. Money. As medics, most of us are going to be earning quite a lot of it. Yet it's also something we don't really like thinking about....

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Introducing Deep:ER

John Greenall introduces CMF's new training programme. This edition marks the launch of our new one year training programme for students! Who's it for? Primarily for intercalating students. What's the purpose? Develop roots for a life of faith in medicine, being equipped to lead and disciple others. Make the most of...

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Our values: public health

Laurence Crutchlow encourages us to see the bigger picture. 'To put our patients first whilst fully accepting our duty to promote preventive medicine and public health.' 'Make the care of the patient your first concern'. If there is only one line of the GMC's Good Medical Practice that you have memorised,...

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Intermedicus 2015

Stephen Hogg reports. Stephen Hogg is a clinical medical student in Cambridge. Stephen Hogg & Anbesan Hoole (Cambridge) and Jack Strain (Bart's) went to Ukraine along with around 100 Christian medical students, doctors and other healthcare workers from Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, Moldova and USA. Intermedicus camp was arranged jointly by the...

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Deliberate self-harm and the Christian

A student shares her story Confused and distressed during a traumatic period aged nine, one evening I accidentally injured my foot. As I felt physical pain, I realised that I hadn't been focusing on my emotional pain. And so I started to self-injure. Naively, I thought I was the only...

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One way to God

Chris Knight outlines a 'minimal facts' approach 'If you had been born in India, you would have been a Hindu. You're only a Christian because you were born in the West.' 'All religions are basically the same.' 'Every religion has a different, equally valid perspective on the truth.' 'It is...

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The Intolerance of Tolerance

The Intolerance of Tolerance DA Carson (IVP, 2012, 186 pages) Christians are increasingly being branded as intolerant by a secular world. How are we to respond? Carson shows how society's definition of tolerance has changed; from accepting that others hold views different to yourself (without accepting that their views are right),...

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The Big Ego Trip

The Big Ego Trip Glynn Harrison (IVP, 2013, 224 pages) Initially Glynn Harrison surveys the self-esteem movement, showing its inadequacy; in the second half he outlines a biblical basis for the problem of, and solution to, self-esteem. Harrison argues that the selfesteem movement has infiltrated our churches and thinking. We...

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Heroes and Heretics: Dietrich Donhoeffer

Alex Bunn looks at the pastor who tried to kill Hitler Alex Bunn is CMF Associate Head of Student Ministries (Field) and a GP in London. Heroes 17: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: prophet, martyr, ethicist, spy On 27 July 1945 an elderly couple in Berlin huddled around their wireless, awaiting a BBC broadcast. They had...

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