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living in exile

One fascinating conversation in heaven will be that between John and Jeremiah. Tim Chester's talks on Revelation at the CMF Student Conference reminded me of the contrast between Jeremiah's instructions to the Jews in Babylon (Jeremiah 29), and John's account of Babylon's fall (Revelation 18). When Babylon falls, a voice...

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revelation

Becky Horton, Grace Petrovic and others report on 2016 CMF Student Conference. CMF's Student Conference this year was a record breaker - 450 attendees meant every seat in the hall at Yarnfield Park was taken. Every bed was filled (with overspill in a local budget hotel), and the conference centre had...

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what is the future of medical mission?

John Greenall considers dramatic changes.. Key points Medical missionaries have always been at the forefront of changes in medical science and practice. Medical mission continues to be costly, be it professionally, financially or in personal security. Students need to prepare for more varied contexts than ever, especially urban and preventative medicine....

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weekend away

Jennifer Rossiter is a clinical medical student and NSC rep in the North West. On a cold November Friday evening, CMF members from across the North West (Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster and Preston) made their way to a large farm house in Rochdale, owned by a couple of amazing GPs called Joan...

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Malta – sun, sea and mission?

Jenny Thompson on the challenges and encouragements of a non-mission hospital elective. During summer 2015, I spent four weeks of my final year elective based in Mater Dei Hospital on the beautiful island of Malta. Malta has a population of approximately 400,000, an average temperature of 27°C in the summer, and...

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God's sustaining love

A medical student describes her experience of an eating disorder. Jesus promises 'you are made new in me' (1) - anorexia screams 'your identity is in how much you weigh.' Jesus says 'everything is under my feet' (2) - anorexia tells you 'if you control what you eat things will fall...

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Our values: respect the governing authorities

Laurence Crutchlow on respectful interaction with colleagues and authorities. To deal honestly with our professional and administrative colleagues and to respect the governing authorities. Our recent discussion of honesty in our dealings with patients (1) set out principles that should extend to others with whom we deal professionally. CMF's ninth value (2)...

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Fruit of the Spirit as a medic or nurse

Pippa Peppiatt explores the effect of the Holy Spirit in our lives. What qualities would you like to see in a medic or nurse caring for a close member of your family in hospital? You may be familiar with the fruit of the Spirit, written about by Paul in Galatians (5:22...

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Being Mortal – Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

Atul Gawande Profile Books, 2015, ISBN 978-1846685828 The inevitability of old age and death is rarely spoken; yet is of utmost importance in modern medicine. Death has become a medicalised, clinical experience; no longer black and white. Medicine often falls short when providing care for the frail and dying. Secular American...

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Who made God?

Edgar Andrews EP Books 2009 ISBN 978-0-85234-763-8 Using both logic and scientific expertise, Edgar Andrews reveals the fallacies underlying some of the most famous claims made by atheists. Writing as a scientist, but with the humour of an artist, he makes even the most complex theories digestible. With exquisite clarity...

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Lessons not learnt in the lecture theatre

Lydia Akinola shares some unexpected learning. I used to think getting into medical school was the hard bit. Once in, the next five years would zip past like a suitably thrilling rollercoaster ride; the obligatory ups and downs all merging into one exhilarating race to the end. I mean, once I'd...

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take me to your leader

Five minutes with Sam Strain Sam Strain, a fourth year at Southampton, is the new chair of the National Student Committee (NSC). We caught up with him to find out what the NSC is all about. Tell us something interesting about yourself Aged 14 I accidentally took a shotgun cartridge...

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God is sovereign

Tobi Adeagbo considers the junior doctors' dispute. Tobi Adeagbo is an FY2 in Southampton and a member of CMF's Junior Doctors' Committee. I first read about the dispute over the new junior doctors' contract six months ago. Although I wouldn't have predicted all that followed, doctors' reactions to the government's...

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The Bible and the British Museum

Alex Bunn shares some highlights. Have you ever been in a conversation where the Bible is treated as a fairy tale? Have you ever wanted to justify your conviction that the Bible is trustworthy? Thanks to our colonial history of 'safeguarding' international treasures, the British Museum (BM) in London hosts a...

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Speak up, do justice

Rachael Pickering explains CMF's Summer School. After the success of last year's summer camp, this year's summer school will once again be a collaboration between CMF and Petros Training, the training arm of the non-profit healthcare company I work for. We deliver medical services to vulnerable patient groups, especially the mentally...

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