[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/4xdvppGJ2ZU" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]We started our new Alpha this week at the Inchyra Grange Hotel, near Polmont. We're doing it as a joint venture this time with Polmont Old Parish Church. This must be at least the 30th or 40th course that I've led. I just love the idea of sitting down with people over a meal and sharing the essentials of the Christian faith. We don't use videos, I just do the talk. I think it went really well last night. We shared the dialogue. Jerome and I have quite different styles and in fact I think we complimented each other. I'm convinced that every minister of the gospel should be able to teach an Alpha course.. Its pretty simple. You hire a dinner table in a hotel for ten evenings. You invite 10 or 12 people to join you and you talk about the big questions of life. Its a winner! Most people love it. We tackle questions like, who is Jesus? Why did he die. How can we sure its true? Its amazing the ground you cover and the friendships that people make. I've now decided if I had my way I'd make it compulsory for all ministers to teach Alpha. If you reading this and your local why not join us next Thursday at the Inchyra.