I almost didn’t make it this week. My job has been keeping me busy late into the evening lately, though hopefully that’ll be ending soon. In any case, I missed out on both dinner and the video, but the small group chat more than made up for that bit of disappointment. Finally, we hit on a few meaty subjects!
Week #5 has come and gone, and I’m finding this Alpha Course significantly less interesting than the other one I went to…
Last week, I missed the course because I had to work late. I got a voice mail from my small group discussion leader, who expressed a sincere desire for me to come back. I think he might’ve been afraid that the wee bit of confrontation we had in week 2 scared me off. I’m made of sterner stuff than that, of course.
I just got back from my second week of my second Alpha Course, and boy… was tonight ever different than last week. Another nice dinner with friendly chitchat; another cheerful singalong; a somewhat insipid video; and a much more lively conversation than before. We had a new member of the group, and we lost a member, so it balanced out. But I’ll get to that soon enough – first, the video.
I was blogging about attending an Alpha Course. Then I upgraded my laptop’s hard drive, and lost a bunch of recordings in the process. Then I found a backup, but it’d already been months since I took the course… and it was a pain to try to remember everything we talked about.
So… I’m doing it again. But this time, I’ll be blogging each week immediately following the meeting.
Last week I talked about my first week in the Alpha Course. To simplify things this week, wherever I’m paraphrasing, I won’t use quotes; wherever I’m directly quoting from my recording, I’ll use them.
Again… these will be long. So, without further ado, this week I’ll move right on with…
I mentioned previously that I’d attended an Alpha Course, a series of short seminars intended to help new Christians learn more about [a particular strain of] Christian doctrine and give them reasons to believe. I’ve finally started going through my recordings and jotting down notes about the experience.
Dig in, kids; this one’s going to be long. I’ve got 13 pages of notes to summarize just for the first session.