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nucleus: winter 1994

Editorial

This is to be my last editorial, as I am leaving to go on my elective before settling down to concentrate on the arduous prospect of finals. For my elective I am going to a secular placement in Australia, a choice that has been criticised by some of my fellow...

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Animal Experimentation

Medical science has a longstanding heritage of animal experimentation. Today we reap undoubted benefits from the efforts of our forefathers, with advances like the Salk vaccine against poliomyelitis standing tribute to the successes of the past. However, as technology improves we must continue to ask ourselves whether such stories are...

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Transplantation - What Does the Bible Have to Say?

The body of Christ and transplantation The vocabulary and to some extent the very concept of transplantation finds its origin in horticulture. It is very interesting to note the way in which the Bible uses metaphors from this area. Romans 11 is an important piece of Paul's discussion of the...

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The 'Toronto Blessing'

Over the past few months, several hundred churches throughout the United Kingdom have witnessed strange phenomena. Christians from Aberdeen to Brighton have fallen to the floor, begun shaking, wept tears or laughed with joy. Most observers trace the origin of these occurrences to the Airport Vineyard Church in Toronto, Canada,...

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Word Alive - an Insider's View

'Why yes, I'll be glad to move to the front.' 'Please could you tell me where I can put this waste paper, I didn't want to leave it on the floor.' 'All stewards can have the day off.' Siiiiiggghhhh, now I know I'm dreaming. Oh well, can't complain, I've had at least...

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Differential Diagnosis 10

When the Roman soldiers approached Jesus on the cross intending to break his legs, they found he was already dead (v33). Indeed, he had been observed to die by eye witnesses a short time before (v30). Seasoned executioners such as these were unlikely to be mistaken in their diagnosis and...

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Dionysius Dialogues - Truth Telling

Breaking the bad news Nitpickerus: Isn't it possible to tell lies and yet be motivated by love? Dionysius: But if loving God means obeying him,[1] and if obedience involves speaking the truth,[2] then... Nitpickerus: I'm thinking of situations where telling the truth and showing love appear to conflict. Dionysius: Such as?...

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Know Your Bible 12

Answers The nobleman Haman was hanged by order of Xerxes King of Persia on the set of gallows that he himself had constructed to hang Esther's cousin Mordecai. (Est 7:9,10) When a blind man at Bethsaida was healed by Jesus he initially said, 'I see people; they look like trees walking around'....

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Lemuel's Limericks

 A transgenic porker from Spain Went out for a stroll in the rain But being slow of learning, she took a wrong turning And strayed in the path of a train An English vet (on his vacation) Skilled in porcine resuscitation Established perfusion with colloid infusion And quickly arranged transportation Unfortunately (as it transpired) The pig's...

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