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nucleus: autumn 2012

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Laurence Crutchlow is CMF Associate Head of Student Ministries and a GP in London. As Nucleus goes to press, the London Olympics have just ended. Our fears of travel chaos closing the CMF office have thankfully been unfounded – though our work rate might now speed up with...

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what? where? who?

Giles Cattermole considers guidance and God's will. godly wisdom This is the second of a three-part series on guidance. Part 1 (God guides, we follow) was published in the Spring issue of Nucleus, (1)and part 3 (godly decision-making) will be in the Winter issue. In the first part of this...

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medical school news: Brighton and Southampton

Holly Shaw reports on a new joint event. On 25 May 2012, a group from Southampton University CMF made the trip to Brighton for the first ever Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and Southampton CMF house party. We arrived at our host's house to be met by the BSMS...

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medical stories from the UK and overseas

doctors' industrial action 21 June 2012 saw the first industrial action by UK doctors since the 1970s. A ballot undertaken during May had shown strong support for 'industrial action short of a strike' among British Medical Association (BMA) members. This followed a dispute over changes to the NHS pension scheme which...

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cmf summer school

Naa Akushia Quaye describes a great week I am truly blessed and so are you! Each morning we wake up is opportunity to live the gospel. So are we doing the best we can? If not what do you intend to do about it? My summer school experience...

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what about evangelism?

In the first of a new series, Chris Knight defines apologetics. the evangelism command At the beginning of the book of Acts, Luke records the final words of Jesus to his disciples in his resurrection body: 'You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and...

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childhood dreams

Graduate medical student Alexandra Roche shares experiences and encouragements. Many things in life do not turn out the way that we imagine they will. After all, God's ways are not our ways. (1) Reading the stories of any number of biblical characters I find it difficult to believe that the...

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academic point scoring... or putting a Christian perspective in the literature?

Giles Cattermole offers some hints. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. (Ecclesiastes 12:12) I suspect that many students think much the same of medical journals. And the writer of Ecclesiastes didn't have FPAS scores to worry about. FPAS is the Foundation Programme...

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a rollercoaster year

Rachel Hubbard describes her first year as a doctor. It was no surprise that I was not prepared forbeing an F1. After all, I am still surprised everytime I turn up to A&E that there aren't doctors who look like Carter or Kovac from ER! Medical school was a rollercoaster...

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letter

editor Having experienced many mostly charismatic churches and practices, I read with interest Bernard Palmer's article Praying for the Sick. (1) Healing is something that we pray for a lot, but don't properly understand. who calls the shots We understand from Scripture that God in Trinity loves us (Romans...

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cross-word 7

Please print off the pdf to complete the crossword.Entries can be submitted by post to the office, or by email to giles@cmf.org.uk. The deadline is 1 December 2012.The winning correct entry will receive a voucher worth £15 for books from the CMF website. If no entry is correct, the closest...

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the cost of discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer SCM Press; new edition (Nov 2001) £14.99 RRP Medical students are overwhelmed by opinions – from professors, consultants, peers, family and the media. These voices may be valuable and well meaning, but they threaten to drown out Christ's call to discipleship. Dietrich Bonhoeffer recognised that Christians through all generations have...

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Dig Deeper

Nigel Beynon & Andrew Sach IVP 2005 £9.00 RRP (but £4.00 on 12-12 scheme) Reading the Bible is at the centre of Christian living, and this set of tools to help dig up its gems is something that will benefit every Christian. Dig Deeper is written both for personal...

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Matters of Life and Death (2nd Edition)

John Wyatt CMF / IVP 2009 £10.00 RRP (but £4.00 on 12-12 scheme) Informative, insightful and personally challenging, this book will cause you to reflect on your own beliefs and the reasoning behind them. It will make you question the values society has placed on life,...

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Heroes and Heretics: Pascal and Sydenham

rationalism, doubt and a head in an oven: Descartes (1596-1650) Faith and rationality are often seen to be incompatible. Religion is seen as irrational, or at least unconnected to reason. God botherers must hang up their brains with their coats at the church door. Intellectual suicide is necessary for membership. Where...

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