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mission: not just for the professionals

Mission. What do you associate with that word? David Livingstone dispensing quinine under a baobab tree? Let Nucleus expand your horizons: Ted Lankester shows us why mission today is as diverse as your skills, and a medical degree is a passport to virtually every place on the planet. The Saline...

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God's mission: the goal of history

What do you see as the end or goal of history? Many Westerners hope for the establishment of liberal free market democracies around the world. Others despair at the looming environmental catastrophes threatening to convulse the planet. Many atheists assume that humanity is an accident of nature heading for extinction,...

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evangelism or social action — must we choose?

Social action is the alleviation of human suffering and injustice, exploitation and deprivation. It has been a feature of Christian mission from the start. The apostles James, Peter and John urged Paul when he launched his mission to the gentiles: 'All they asked was that we should continue to remember...

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models of medical mission in the 21st century

There are more Christians in China worshipping on a Sunday than in the whole of Europe. would you like some more stats? There are about 2.3 billion Christians in the world; that's about one third of the world population. Those with the most are the USA, Mexico and Brazil. There are...

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CMF Global & you

In September 2017, the CMF Board approved a new strategy and new name for the Fellowship's international work. The department undertook a wide consultative review of our strategy. Thank you to all students who answered survey monkey questions at the student conference. The new...

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remember those in prison

first encounter? Picture being assaulted by your own father. Not for taking coins from a jar on the mantelpiece, but for having lacked the nerve to simply smash-in the shop window and steal the toy you wanted. This was the reality for Peter Woolf, and as I sat in the school...

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essentials: back to basics

Though I hoped my writing would be as lyrical and compelling as the Psalms, medical school has made me as meticulous as Numbers! After spending three years learning to write academically, I realised that writing an interesting narrative to share with others is a skill I need to practise. My...

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leadership: inside-out leadership

When I slammed the door, broke the mouse and let rip some expletives, I knew I had been found out. I was CU president, leading in my church, and generally seen as a 'good bloke'. It was my third year at university and term was nearly over. I felt tired....

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just ask : questions from students

guidance I'm feeling a bit stressed about hearing God and knowing his call on my life. I'm not wanting to miss his plan for me, especially in regards to where he takes me and my work in the future, whether in the UK or overseas. Any help appreciated! First, thank God for...

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be prepared : Madagascar

During medical school I was introduced to the idea of serving overseas, having become a Christian in the summer before university. I served on two CMF summer teams in Central Asia, and felt God place on my heart the desire to serve him overseas in the longer term. I found...

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distinctives : is there mission in the NHS?

A doctor returned from a mission situation in Cameroon because of threats from the terror group Boko Haram. She attended a Saline course and we asked 'Can she be a missionary within the NHS? Or does she have to wait until going abroad again?' the world on our doorstep A Birmingham...

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my trip to... Zimbabwe

case 1: demons or streptococcus? 'Is she possessed?' A twelve year old girl has come in because she 'can't stop moving' and her family is not sure what to do with her. It's been going on for a month. She's been prayed for at church, friends have suggested the witch doctor,...

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counterparts: Belarus

Tell us a little bit about yourself I am a 37-year-old anaesthetist working in Gomel, Belarus. I am married and a father of two. I am also the Executive Secretary of the Christian Medical Society of Belarus and a member of a local evangelical church. I became a Christian aged 14...

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crossing cultures... Iraq & Lebanon

Iraq Jesus taught us to 'love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you' (Matthew 5:44). How do you love someone who killed your family, plundered your home and destroyed your city? Iraqis have suffered a new war every decade for 100 years. The resilience and generosity of the Iraqis we...

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a day in the life

What does a typical day look like? It might involve language practice, conversations with local doctors, or perhaps a lecture or training session. Last weekend, at a conference in Tirana with a colleague from Brighton, I demonstrated to Albanian doctors and students how to assess and treat trauma using ATLS...

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local groups: mission accomplished!

St George's, University of London It's been exciting to be part of mission weeks at St George's, University of London — I have attended one and planned two. Each university varies (we're mainly healthcare sciences) and so mission weeks will look different. But what are the fundamentals to making events flourish?...

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Review

Let the Nations Be Glad John Piper ISBN: 9780801036415, Baker Academic, 2010 (3rd Edn), £9.99 paperback, £6.64 Kindle Missions is not a recruitment project for God's labour force. It is a liberation project from the heavy burdens and hard yokes of...

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Review

'For me there is no redemption, no penance great enough' says Mendoza — a former slave trader and mercenary who is chained and fixated by depression and the guilt of his past. Through bold cinematography and a skilfully composed musical score, The Mission (1986) takes us on a journey of...

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Review

'The only reason you can do this is that you have never seen a miracle'. These are the dying words of Sapper Moreton moments before he is killed. His murderer is K, a Blade Runner charged with hunting down and killing (or 'retiring') rogue replicants. This encounter, at the very...

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Review

I had never done this before, never stopped to really think about the world we live in. What made it how it is? What shaped the values that we hold so dear? Why do we make music? Why are we passionate about education? Or rationality? Morality? The breadth of this...

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news reviews

RCOG calls for decriminalisation of abortion The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) joined the BMA and RCM in calling for abortion to be decriminalised. In 2016 there were 200,000 abortions in the UK. Since the passing of the Abortion Act in 1967 there have been 8.5 million abortions....

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HERO + HERETIC 22:

'If I were you I would go out and buy a ticket for a boat going on the longest journey you can find and pray to know where to get off. If God doesn't want you on that boat he is perfectly able to stop you… or make the ship...

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