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Articles from Autumn

APOLOGETICS no question off limits

How do you know God exists? How do you know Christianity is the right religion? Why does God allow suffering? How can you be a doctor and believe Jesus came back from the dead? Why doesn't God allow abortion? You've probably come across questions like these from others — perhaps at...

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counterparts : care at the end of life

Early in medical school, I became friends with Elaine. [1] Elaine had just been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer and was searching for hope, peace, and meaning in the face of her terminal diagnosis. She did not have any spiritual background, but she had seen our church advertising an Alpha...

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Reviews

TV: The American Gospel

At the moment, Netflix seems to be focusing on documentaries that really shock their audience — with David Attenborough's Life On Our Planet forecasting the end of planet Earth as we know it, and The Social Dilemma exposing how social media can control our way of thinking and feeling. I...

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Telling A Better Story: Why Faith & Science Belong Together

Speakers:Prof René van Woudenberg Prof Roger Trigg Prof Tom McLeish Prof Russell Cowburn FRS Prof John Walton Prof Simon Conway Morris FRS Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler Dr Sharon Dirckx Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt Prof John Wyatt Dr Hilary Marlow Prof Darren Evans Recordings of all the webinars can be accessed at:...

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Article

APOLOGETICS the limits of apologetics

None of my non-Christian friends have become Christians. I find it difficult to express the emotion I feel when I mull over that fact. There is pain unique to each person, as of course I want nothing more than to see my dearest friends brought to Christ. But very soon...

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APOLOGETICS Christianity & critical theory

the culture wars Have you felt it? The rifts in our society that have been growing over the past decade? From 'Brexiteers vs Remoaners' during the Brexit vote; to the recent Black Lives Matter protests vs far-right protesters in various cities across the UK, USA and beyond; the 'maskers vs anti-maskers',...

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APOLOGETICS COVID & apologetics

The disease COVID-19 is caused by a new kind of betacoronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, closely related to the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS-CoV, and classed within the same viral species. The virus is a single strand of RNA wrapped in protein, and the main method of cell entry is...

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distinctives: promise & purpose

I've recently become the Pastoral Secretary for my university CMF group. This role usually involves organising weekly prayer lunches for our pre-clinical students, as well as all the fun of helping out at Fresher mingles, Text-a-Toasties and our Cookie for a Question tables with the CU. But planning for the year...

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just ask COVID conundrum

Abigail Randall is a GP in East London and medical school link for Bart's and the London Medical School. Help! I live in a flat of four and two of my flatmates don't seem to care about COVID rules. They have been out at least two nights this week and I'm...

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Book Reviews

book: Confronting Christianity

Confronting Christianity, 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion McLaughlin R 240pp, Crossway, 2019 ISBN: 9781433564239 hardback £11.95 After seeing this book by Rebecca McLaughlin widely recommended by friends on social media, as well as by Prof John Lennox, I felt the endorsements justified a purchase;...

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book: The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters: Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil Lewis CS 224pp, Collins, 1942 ISBN: 9781784983314 paperback £6.99 The Screwtape Letters (1942) was written by atheist-turned-Christian CS Lewis. It takes a refreshing look at Christianity, broken down into its simplest concepts. This work of...

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Editorial

to live unapologetically

'The primary audience for Christian apologetics should be other Christians. The bulk of Christians in the world have not deeply, critically considered their reasons for believing...and they are not able to defend what beliefs they hold.' — Joel Furches [1] Christian apologetics is a branch of theology that defends what...

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Members' News

local groups : Dundee

In a small city like Dundee (popularly known as 'Scotland's sunniest city'), you might be tempted to believe that visiting the new Victoria and Albert Museum (standing by the beautiful Tay river) is the highlight of our year. But because of our living room gatherings where we 'ponder over pudding',...

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local groups: Sheffield

In February 2020 our Sheffield student CMF group, along with several doctors, undertook the Saline Solution course, led by Ravi Thevasagayam, a local ENT consultant. The course is designed to equip and encourage healthcare professionals to better witness for Jesus to patients and colleagues. Discussions centered around ways of initiating...

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Mission Update

my trip to...Malamulo Hospital, Malawi

The first thing I notice at the hospital entrance is a small plaque which reads 'Malamulo Adventist Hospital: We care, God heals'. Situated in the rural district of Thyolo, there are a small number of wards along with an outpatient department and a community clinic. Patients are mostly villagers reliant...

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News Review

news reviews

alcohol-related liver disease and transplants A Lancet article published in May 2020 [1] suggests that more research needs to be done to establish whether some patients with alcohol-related liver disease are suitable candidates for a liver transplant even if they haven't completed the six month period of abstinence that is...

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Regular Features

APOLOGETICS essentials: who needs apologetics?

'Isn't it enough to tell them the gospel and let the Holy Spirit do the rest?' 'Why get bogged down in studying critical theory when Holy Scripture is sufficient for our every need and question?' 'You'll never argue someone into the Kingdom of God' Defined broadly as 'reasoned arguments...

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leadership: mentoring

What comes to mind when you think of a mentor? Perhaps you think of Dumbledore or Yoda or, if you are old like me, Mr Miyagi from the Karate Kid (still one of the greatest films around!). I want to suggest that mentoring is a hugely helpful and perhaps essential...

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