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nucleus: summer 2018

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Editorial:yet more work...

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work to live, or live to work?

It's October 1991 and I've just started working at Hewlett Packard. I was talking to my boss about a lecture we'd just heard on work and life. She asked me what I thought, and I found myself saying, 'it made me think, do we live to work or work to...

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his burden is light, so why can't I say no?

My name is Alex and I'm a workaholic. Perhaps you are too? Try this mental test. Close your eyes. Imagine you feel all that God expects of you, what the world needs from you, and what the church lays on your shoulders. List those duties. Do they feel light or...

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working in healthcare

The National Health Service (NHS) can be a tough place to work and study. Reaching its 70th anniversary this year, issues of capacity and funding are not new. Despite the vision of free healthcare for all, legislation enabling patient charges dates from just a year after the foundation of the...

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studying as a Christian

Study. It's something you'll be doing a lot of as a nursing or medical student: In the wards; in the library; in a GP's surgery. So does being a Christian impact on how we study? We're going to approach this through three questions. 1) Why do we study? 2) What should we...

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essentials : lessons learnt on prayer

Coming to the end of my FY2 year, I was tired. I had done an intense Accident and Emergency placement; I was living away from friends and family; I had struggled to get involved in a local church and felt far from God. My career as a doctor wasn't quite...

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mythbusters:opioids and hydration in palliative care

You've heard of evidence based medicine — practising medicine backed up by reliable, critically appraised research. Let me introduce you to evidence based ethics! Christian medical ethics shouldn't shy away from engaging with scientific evidence. Here I hope to show you through logic and critical appraisal, how some myths around...

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distinctives: when not to work

Christian medics have better reason for hard work than most - working both for the glory of God and the good of our neighbour. In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus says, '"The Spirit of the Lord is on me… He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisioners and recovery of...

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leadership : why are you here?

Why are you here? This isn't meant to be a metaphysical mind-bender, but it is a genuine question that many of us struggle with. We want to serve God. But in our busyness we so often get bogged down in the 'what' of life - 'what do you do'…or 'what...

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mad moments: look before you leap

Comedian Tim Hawkins has a wonderful musical video including the line, 'If you're a man who wants to live a long and happy life, these are the things you don't say to your wife'. It gives an arguably helpful guide to keeping one's spouse happy. In similar vein, here is...

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my trip to...the CMF Student Conference

'When we find faith, it involves following the call of the God of mission and becoming participants in it' Paul Bendor-Samuel February 2018 saw 350 students gather at Yarnfield Park in Staffordshire for the CMF Student Conference. The Bible talks were given by Dr Paul Bendor-Samuel, the medically-qualified Executive Director of...

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crossing cultures: 18 delegates, 1 mission

The Sydenham (SYD) Conference brings together students and junior doctors from across the world, and has been run by CMF since the 1990s. Named after 'English Hippocrates', Dr Thomas Sydenham (who described the eponymous chorea), the conference equips delegates to lead Christian medical groups through Bible teaching, fellowship, and specific...

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local groups : CMF in Galway, God's way

Arriving in Galway to pursue medicine fulfilled a dream, but nothing had prepared me for what was to come. Having found a new church and CU, both warm and welcoming, I hungered for something more. I wanted literature to fulfil my needs as a Christian in medicine. I found CMF...

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TV: Black Mirror: Nosedive

Imagine a world where you get rated by everyone you meet, all the time. Not only that, but your rating is closely related to your socioeconomic status. If you do not score high enough, you get pushed to the margins of society. Welcome to the world of Nosedive, one of...

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book reviews

Revolutionary Work: What's the point of the 9 to 5? William Taylor Paperback, 115 pp, 10 Publishing ISBN: 9781910587997 Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human John Mark Comer Paperback, 338 pp, Zondervan ISBN: 9780310347569 Every Good Endeavour: Connecting your Work to God's Plan for the World Timothy Keller Paperback, 288 pp, Hodder & Stoughton ISBN:...

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Hero special: Billy Graham - will there ever be another like him?

It's entirely possible that many student readers of Nucleus will hardly know the name Billy Graham. But at the peak of his powers Billy Graham ranked with Martin Luther King as one of America's best known and most respected twentieth-century Christian leaders and with Mother Teresa and Pope John-Paul II...

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assisted suicide, stem cells, abortion

Hawaii becomes sixth state to legalise assisted suicide H awaii has joined California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, and the state of Washington to become the sixth state to legalise assisted suicide. Due to come into effect on 1 January 2019, the 'Our Care, Our Choice Act' was signed into law...

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hero + heretic 23: Kiran Martin: Founder of Asha, New Delhi

What does it mean to make a difference in the world, or the lives of others? As a medical student and now as a paediatric trainee, I am constantly asking the question. Having been blessed with the great opportunity to study medicine and practise it, how do we use what...

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