Friday, November 18, 2016

Alpha - The New Videos

by Stan Williams

Out of respect for Fr. John Riccardo, our pastor, and curiosity I've been attending the ALPHA (Introduction to Christianity) Course ( at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, MI. 

The course is excellent and I encourage all Christians and non Christians who are interested in understanding  the basics of Christianity to search out a course in your area (they're presented in multiple denominations) and attend. (11 weeks, I think.)

As a video producer of hundreds of projects over the decades, I have been impressed with the production quality of the film series that is featured in each session. And as a Christian apologist all my life, and now a part-time Catholic apologist, the content in these videos is the best I have ever experienced. The brain behind these is Nicky Gumbel, an Anglican Vicar, who used to be a British barrister (attorney).

Here are links to the NEW ALPHA FILM SERIES. In my mind, these are benchmarks for all Christian didactic form teaching films. Wonderfully, they also contain strong narrative elements with incredible stories.

Video links:
Week 1 - Is There More to Life Than This?:

Week 4 - How Can I have Faith?

Week 5 - How Can I pray?

Week 6 - The Bible:

Retreat Videos
Video 1 Who is the Holy Spirit?:

Video 2 What does the Holy Spirit Do?:

Video 3 How Can I be Filled with the Holy Spirit?:

Week 7 Does God Heal Today?: