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nucleus: Christmas 2010

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editorial

My name is Von and I am the new Nucleus editor. It is such an honour and pleasure for me to be volunteering for this role. Sometimes I wonder: how did I get here? In the last two years, I was part of the editorial committee and had greatly benefited...

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painting an approach to politics and ethics

I find painting fascinating. Search 'speed painting' on YouTube and you'll see what I mean! Typically, painters begin with an outline, and then fill in the details. I believe this is a good approach to many things, including ethics and politics. In common with many UK medical schools, the course at...

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news review

conscientious objection under attack Two years after the Council of Europe resolved to recognise abortion as a universal human right, the Council's British Socialist member and former Labour MP, Christine McCafferty, made a proposal to 'regulate' conscientious objection (a fundamental human right in international law). She argued, 'There is a need...

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losing our focus

BeMy patient was the church warden of a local village church. After the medical part of her consultation was over I enquired how her church was progressing. 'It isn't easy nowadays. We are getting smaller and older, you know.' 'I am sorry', I replied, 'but, tell me, do people in the church...

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do you know what I did last summer?

This summer saw several teams of UK based doctors and medical students travelling throughout Europe to help local Christian medical groups with medical camps for local students. I joined a GP, two junior doctors and another medical student to travel to one such event in the former Soviet Union.Christians do...

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medical school news - midlands

The Birmingham preclinical group meets weekly for food, fun and discussion. Speakers are often local Christian doctors, who willingly give of their time and are a blessing to the group. The clinical group has grown over the last year and meets monthly (along with large amounts of cake!) – topics...

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stewards of words

The call to love our neighbour is a broad one, and encompasses use of information – whether to comfort, guide or advise. Knowledge is indeed power, and the facts we know as doctors – both in terms of therapeutic processes and specific patient stories – demands good stewardship. An Old Testament...

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one to one

As a new fresher at medical school, Sam felt a bit lost. Church and CU were great – really good Bible teaching, and very lively – but big. There were occasional CMF lunch time meetings, and CU hall groups were also a good way to begin to get to know...

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a summer adventure

This summer, two doctors and two medical students embarked on an adventure in a distant Eastern European country where they were involved with helping out at a Christian medical camp. We did not know what to expect; one doctor was pleasantly surprised that there were 'normal' toilets! We arrived after...

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how to read the Bible for all its worth

Acts: the question of historical precedent Laurence Crutchlow considers how to apply Acts today. an overview Five brief summary statements (2) divide the book into six sections – each describing a forward movement of the early church, and marking a change of direction in the story. Acts 1:1-6:7 – The primitive (mostly Jewish)...

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Heroes and Heretics: Constantine, Arius, Athanasius

Hero 4: Constantine, Arius and Athanasius This series looks at great characters from Christian history. This time we will look at three giants of the fourth century, starting with the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine. Famously, it all started with a vision of a flaming cross in the sky and a...

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