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nucleus: Easter 2011

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editorial: give me a sign

God sometimes uses signs to demonstrate his glory in creation and to guide his people. He strengthens our faith in him and gives confidence in the purpose to which he has called us. Jesus spoke of signs that would indicate his return and reflect the end of time. I have...

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living for Christ amongst colleagues

Medical students are not only our colleagues, many are also friends or housemates – and most are not Christians. We share our lives and work with them, which is both a blessing and a great opportunity, but also generates challenges. Which areas of life might cause us problems, and how...

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international student preconference

On 6 February 2011, twelve students from seven countries arrived in London for one of the highlights of the CMF calendar: the International Student Preconference! This conference brings Christian medical students from countries all over Eurasia to the UK for one week to receive teaching from UK experts in many areas,...

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news review

news reviewmedical stories from the UK and overseasa letter from the Church in Egypt Recent developments in the Middle East have been followed closely by many. Events in Tunisia sparked a chain reaction of populist uprisings in countries that were previously thought by many to be powerless to change their governments. During...

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40 years of Nucleus

The 40th (Ruby) wedding anniversary is one of the most significant celebrations in a marriage relationship. 40 years is often taken scripturally (and elsewhere) to represent one generation - and indeed the number 40 appears remarkably often in the Bible! Read pdf version of full article

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maintaining integrity as a Christian medic

As the sunlight beams through the window late in the afternoon, the first consultation of early evening surgery begins. It is soon obvious that a big ethical issue is at stake. The young lady seeing me is obviously distressed. My likely refusal on ethical grounds to grant what she wants...

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medical school news - Ireland

On the weekend of 12-14 November 2010, we hosted the annual Irish CMF conference in Greystones, County Wicklow, just south of Dublin. The weekend's teaching centred on CMF's Confident Christianity course. 49 students representing six Irish medical schools joined us from Dublin, Cork, Belfast and – for the first time...

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narrative virtue ethics - a Christian model?

Imagine you are a GP, about to call in your next patient, Belinda. She is pregnant. A routine anomaly scan had suggested a minor degree of unilateral club foot, confirmed on a more detailed scan at 23 weeks reported by a radiologist and paediatric orthopaedic surgeon. Talipes Equinovarus (also known as...

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foreign body - following Christ in a world that rejects him

It was a privilege and honour as ever, to be present amongst the gathering of about 400 medical students and CMF staff from across the UK and Europe. We met corporately to worship God and focus on being better equipped to serve him in our calling as Christian medics. The...

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12-12

There are a lot of books out there. Medical students already have a lot of textbooks, journals and web resources they're supposed to read. Study can be wearisome! So why read Christian books too? Why not just read the Bible in my quiet time? The answer is that Christian books...

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worldviews

One of the first things to understand about ethics is that we all ascribe to some sort of 'worldview'. This is a set of presuppositions by which we sort out what is meaningful in our lives. We all have one, whether we like to admit it or not. It may...

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cross-word 3

Solvers must find and shade an appropriate 'cross-word' in the completed grid (John 19:19) Entries can be submitted by post to the office, or email to giles@cmf.org.uk. The deadline is 1 June 2011. The winning entry will receive a copy of Code Red. Two runners-up will receive a CMF pen-torch. Read pdf...

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reviews

Cross-examined Mark Meynell IVP 2005 £7.99 RRP (but only £4.00 on 12 – 12 scheme!) For anyone fascinated by Jesus' death on the cross, a book which explores the facts about humanity's sin, the cross and the resurrection is a helpful tool to understand God's ultimate plan and to...

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Heroes and Heretics: Pelagius, Augustine, Ambrose

Pelagius: champion of 'free will' The location, North Africa. The time, early fifth century. And the villain this time is, in true Hollywood style, British. Pelagius was a monk, described by a contemporary as 'a fat dog stupefied with porridge'. But despite his reputation as a heretic, he did have a...

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a day in the life....

A brisk walk from Waterloo station to CMF's HQ in Marshalsea Road aids my recovery from wedging into a crowded train carriage at the start of most days. Staff meet to share news, read the Bible and pray each morning. We share plans and news, then take turns in sharing...

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