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nucleus: January 2017

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Although the 'look' of Nucleus has changed a great deal, its aims have not. We hope that the information presented will not only be read and understood, but will also be used. We still stand by this quote from the first edition: Information is useless and sterile unless it serves...

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just the tip of the iceberg

'My best friends are gay, and they are getting married. I believe that if two people love each other, who am I to say they shouldn't be happy? from what I can tell, cMf opposes gay marriage, so I need to resign my membership.' I occasionally get emails like this...

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Anatomy of the heart

'what the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies' As medical and nursing students, we think we know the human heart well. You may have dissected one. You may know how to diagnose an inferior myocardial infarction with a glance at an ECG. In a profession where we...

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how do we make moral decisions?

The previous worldview articles in this issue of Nucleus describe what a worldview is, and remind us of the basic components of the Christian worldview. We've also explored the way that we make decisions. To academic minds, it can be surprising how few of our actions come primarily from reason...

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essentials — back to basics

Thanks to the generosity of the american friends of Tyndale House, I recently spent a week in Cambridge hearing a series of 'Gospel Masterclasses' from Christian scholars such as Peter Williams, John Lennox and Gary Habermas. Subjects ranged from the historicity of the resurrection to the apocryphal gospels. It was...

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just ask

I'm thinking about dating a non-Christian. Wouldn't it be easier to tell her the gospel when we're going out? You're starting with good intentions — wanting them to become a Christian is a great thing. But... This is one of the main reasons that students stop going to church. You might...

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Servant leadership in healthcare

Leadership. Ah, how we love that word. When I was at medical school, 'medical leadership' was being talked about more and more. now it's likely you will be having leadership lectures, doing Service Improvement projects as student selected components, and are able to quote vast reams of leadership theory (well,...

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distinctive — being a light on the ward

People cannot make sense of anything without attaching it to a storyline. Our worldview, that metanarrative by which we make sense of the world, is not theoretical, but rather has a profound influence on how we live and work. Timothy Keller writes, 'If you get the story of the world...

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Be prepared — life after graduation

The wonderful thing about our training as doctors, nurses or midwives is that it's vocational. As students, we glamorously envisage post-qualification life - 'I want to be a junior doctor who respects all my colleagues', 'I want to be a nurse who takes the time to be with their patients'....

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local groups - reports from Ireland and Exeter

Irish conference 2016 We studied Ecclesiastes, had several seminars and lots of good worship, food, fun and fellowship. the choices of talks were very interesting and eye-opening. topics ranged from euthanasia and abortion to time management, the Old Testament and evangelism. I found the seminar on euthanasia very insightful in...

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A day in the life

What area of medicine are you in? Oncology. Why did you choose this area? I was inspired by a Christian oncology consultant supervising my final year project and felt a strong sense of calling to the specialty. It also suits my gifts. god opened up lots of doors...

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Crossing cultures

April 2016. I stepped onto the plane at Heathrow not knowing what to expect in Ghana. Having come straight out of finals I had barely opened a guide book, but I quickly discovered that Ghana is hot (very hot) all the time and that dust gets everywhere (don't wear white)....

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Counterparts

In African cultures we take the Bible seriously when it says 'go out and multiply' — I come from a family of eleven children. They are based in the northern region of the country, but I stay in the capital city to attend medical school. Studying medicine in Namibia is an...

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My trip to... Lithuania

At student conference, my ears perked up when I heard about an opportunity to go to the Baltic CMF camp in Lithuania over the summer. A few emails, some packing and an apprehensive rendezvous with (then) strangers at Luton airport and I was on my way, along with one other...

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Our values — research & training

'To work constructively in scientific research and in training others for the benefit of individual patients and the advance of healthcare throughout the world.' 'I was merely thinking god's thoughts after him.' This is how Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) described his work. Kepler was not only a mathematician and astronomer, but...

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What's the story?

Everyone loves a good story. We have many art forms that we can tell stories through: theatre, fiction, poetry, song, graphic novels, but where to start? Perhaps the most accessible, universal and affordable ever created is film. In a previous age, art that cost millions could hang on only one...

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News review

Conscientious objection attacked 'There should be better protections for patients from doctors' personal values', say Julian Savulescu and Udo Shucklenk in a controversial paper in Bioethics. (1) Envisaging 'screening' of medical students for conscientious objection before starting specialty training, the authors hope to establish a system whereby 'eligible patients could...

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You Can Change

Tim Chester For anyone who has struggled with sin, battled to change, and found themselves frustrated by their inability to become more Christ-like, this book is an absolute joy. this is a book of stark honesty and with a deeply practical mindset that unpacks God's Word to show us God's...

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When Breath Becomes Air

Dr Paul Kalanithi This truly stirring autobiography holds a delicate balance between power and vulnerability. Paul Kalanithi was an accomplished neurosurgeon who developed an extremely aggressive form of lung cancer. In his account, we are taken through a journey of milestones prior to his unforeseen diagnosis and right up to...

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Heroes and heretics

Heroes 18: George Whitefield & John Wesley George Whitefield: 'I will not be a velvet-mouthed preacher' George Whitefield (1714-80) was crosseyed. Some saw it as a mark of divine favour. Whitefield, undoubtedly the greatest preacher of the 18th century 'great awakening', used his squint to enthral huge crowds. He also...

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