Serving in Babylon: Daniel's Story
When Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians in 587 BC, the nation of Judah was taken to Babylon in an exile that would last 70 years. As God's people in a foreign land that was hostile to their faith and values, they faced the challenge of living and serving as 'aliens and strangers'. There was great pressure to close ranks or to forget who they were. |
The temptation was either to retreat into an escapist spiritual ghetto or simply to compromise and become no different from those around them.
But the prophet Jeremiah instead urged the exiles, who included Daniel and his friends, to become fully engaged with their new society, whilst maintaining their distinctiveness as believers faithful to God - to be truly in the world but not of the world.
Christians living in 21st century Britain and serving in the NHS face similar challenges to those of Daniel. In this booklet, Peter Saunders, CMF Chief Executive, encourages Christian Healthcare professionals to be fruitful yet distinctive as they serve God in Today's NHS.
The Christian Call to Social Justice
Christians are called to proclaim the gospel, but what about social justice issues? William Wilberforce is best known for is work in abolishing the slave trade, but was also a deeply committed evangelical Christian with a broad agenda for reforming society.|
Throughout the Bible, God used people to have a phenomenal influence on their culture - Joseph, Nehemiah, Esther, Daniel and others.
Likewise today, Peter Saunders, CMF Chief Executive, encourages Christians to be 'not of the world' but to be deeply engaged in it, influencing the direction of culture; to preach Jesus as Lord of the whole universe and ourselves as his servants walking in his footsteps.
Surviving the Foundation Years
Staying close to God during the busy first years of medical work is a challenge.
The principles outlined here were a great help to me in keeping God's word central, maintaining fellowship with other Christians, and remembering that Jesus had a purpose for me in my work, even when I was too busy or tired to see it. The practical tips given were most useful.
I hope other readers will get as much from this booklet as I did – and not only survive the Foundation years but actively thrive during them.
Dr Laurence Crutchlow, CMF Associate Head of Student MinistriesMore Info...
The Doctor's Life of Faith
'Am I what I wanted to be?'|
'Am I on the right track?'
'What's life all about anyway?'
When life is hard or our plans run into the ground, these questions quickly arise. But perhaps these are the wrong questions. We should be asking, 'Am I the sort of person God intended me to be?'' 'what is God's intention for my life?'
The Doctor's Life of Faith opens up the Bible's story to reveal not only God's plan for your life, but his eternal master plan for his people. At the heart of God's plan for the world is his intention of making sinful men and women more and more like Jesus.
Janet Goodall draws on her experience as a paediatrician in the UK and Africa to show how this life-transforming plan will spur you on to live a life that is pleasing to God. She shows that though we will face many trials along the way, the glorious result will be worth it.More Info...
We need to talk about death.|
Are we in danger of medicalising it? Can we really see death as a time of opportunity, both for us and for our loved ones? What do we mean by resurrection hope?
John Wyatt focuses on the ars moriendi - quite simply the art of dying well and dying faithfully. He offers clear direction, warm reassurance and rock-solid confidence in the One who has conquered death.More Info...
Daily Bible meditations for student electives
Travelling Light - a companion for your elective helping you:
Can it be Me?
Already a best-selling author for Honourably Wounded, she gives open, honest and humorous insights into her own life. This fully illustrated book is both moving and inspiring. |
Marjory has spent over 30 years as a medical missionary in India and Nepal. Responding to huge needs, she later specialised in psychiatry and became the director of a leading Christian Psychiatric Centre in India.
Since then she has had an itinerant ministry amongst the missionary community in over 40 countries and she continues to inspire and motivate all those she meets - both personally or via her writing.
Right to die?
The case for assisted suicide seems to compelling. Surely it can't be wrong to help desperate people to kill themselves. Don't we have a right to take our own lives - in certain circumstances?
John Wyatt helps us to navigate the arguments with hearts and heads engaged, and above all with our Bibles open. There are practical and compassionate alternatives to assisted suicide, and as many who have gone before us have found, the end of our lives on this earth may turn out to be a strange and wonderful opportunity for growth and internal healing.
John Wyatt is Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics at University College London and author of Matters of Life and Death (IVP).More Info...
Christians in the firing line
What do a doctor, and electrician, a beautician, a magistrate, a nurse and a counsellor have in common?|
These are amongst many professional people who have encountered serious problems at work because of their Christian faith. Some have lost their jobs and others have faced censure.
Marginalisation of Christians in Euroope, and particularly in the UK, is becoming more common. Members of Parliament and even bishops may debate the subject, often concluding that there is no problem, but the issue is no longer academic if it is your job under threat, your livelihood and beliefs that are at stake.
This book examines the cases of thirteen people who have been warned, blacklisted, suspended or dismissed for refusing to compromise their biblical principles in the face of an officialdom seemingly hell-bent on bowing down to the 'god' of political correctness and secularism. Some of the cases considered (a street preacher and a city councillor) are about public witness beyond the workplace.
Those who are under attack have found in their struggles that they need not stand alone. There are Christian lawyers who have joined together with the organisation called Christian Concern to seek to protect the rights of those who imply wish to stand up for what they believe to be true and good.More Info...
With so many Christian books on so many different topics, do you find it difficult to know where to start? Try this: The Fight offers an overall, Bible-based quide to the Christian life as a whole. Psychiatrist John White makes clear what it means to be born again, describing our new status before God and looking in more detail at how we can live this out. The book is set out in short, easily digestible chapters and covers everything from prayer, Bible reading and guidance, to faith, holiness and the devil. White identifies the areas in which we may struggle and provides very practical advice for Christian living. He's careful not to create a legalistic, box-ticking exercise, but constantly reminds us of the wonders of God's grace and our motivation to bring him glory. As well as being a perfect starter for new Christians, this book is a great encouragement for those already running the race. The Fight is a serious and timely reminder of our role in the struggle, as we eagerly await the return of Christ.
This title is available to UK & Irish CMF students at a discounted price via the Take and Read pages
Review by Clare Bird, LeedsMore Info...