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spotlight: Spring 2019

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editorial

In this edition of Spotlight, we look at 'work as worship.' Too often we view the world dualistically - where 'spiritual' activities matter, and secular, everyday activities do not. You may have heard this called the sacred/secular divide. It describes the mindset that we often fall into as Christians; we...

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work as worship

My first year as a newly qualified nurse was possibly the hardest year of my life. The busy AMU of a large hospital was a baptism of fire for a girl who didn't even know how to cannulate. I found myself filled with nauseating anxiety before a shift, often sobbing...

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work, rest + pray

At the Student Conference in February this year, John Wyatt took us through a three-part series on the theme: Work, Rest and Pray: Living life in God's perfect motion. Here are some reflections on his main points on living life as a Christian health professional and how to choose to...

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work, wonder + worship

We clock in, clock out. Shift after shift we go through the motions and flop into bed at the end of each hard day. Yet how many times do we stop to consider the beauty and the gifts all around us? As healthcare professionals, we have a unique privilege to...

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the next generation

Nurses Christian Fellowship International (NCFI) is a network of around 30 national Christian nursing fellowships (including CMF in the UK) that aims to connect Christian nurses around the world, equipping them to live out their faith in professional practice. The mission of NCFI is to equip and encourage Christian nurses to...

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anointing God's feet:putting God at the centre of our work

At a meeting of a mission network that I helped to convene many years ago, we were looking at how medical mission work could measure and manage its impact on the physical and spiritual health of the communities it served. A couple chatted to me in the coffee break, telling...

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reflections from Uganda

This summer, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks with an NGO called Peace Hospice Uganda. Founded by Vicky, a local nurse, and run by a small team in the remote Adjumani District, Peace Hospice provides palliative care to a local population of approximately 500,000 people, over half of...

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review

Gospel Centred Work: Becoming the worker God wants you to be Tim Chester The Good Book Company 2013, £3.39 (E-Book only), 112pp ISBN: 9781909559363 Have you ever wondered 'what work does God want me to do?' Not what work I think looks fun or impressive, earns lots of money or fits with what my parents,...

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let your light shine before others

'In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.' (Matthew 5:16) Over thirty years ago, during my nurse training, I was an unconverted, lost soul. In my early twenties, already married but desperately unhappy, I found comfort...

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review two

Every Good Endeavour Timothy Keller Hodder & Stoughton 2012, £9.99, 288pp ISBN 9781444702606 Do we see work as our life's purpose? A good, an evil or a means to an end? Do we work in order to earn the money to live and relax for the 'real part of life'? As Christians, is...

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