Alpha


By Barry Parker, Rector
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Posted on September 11, 2016

One of the most intriguing books I read years ago is Robert Fulghum’s, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things. His theme is that the seemingly simplistic things we learned in kindergarten are necessary and vital if extrapolated into adulthood. He lists such mundane and “childish” things as:
 
share everything
play fair
don’t hit people 
put things back where you found them
clean up your own mess
don’t take things that aren’t yours
say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody
wash your hands before you eat
and many more. 
 
As he applies these basics in all of life, particularly for adults, they become profound and transformative essentials.
 
Our life of faith is no different. We sometimes think a real faith must be complex, almost unintelligible and all of us must be spiritual giants to live out of such a robust conviction. We need to remind ourselves that the core elements, applied to the reality of life, are critical to battling our life assumptions that are often unhelpful, if not personally spiritually dangerous. 
 
To help us recover and reclaim the core of our Christian faith, the sermon series this fall will focus on a number of these elements. We will track with the weekly topics covered by those engaging the Alpha experience at St. Paul’s Bloor Street. We will consider the biblical basis of such things as:
 
Is there more to life than this?
Who is Jesus?
Why did Jesus die?
How can I have faith?
How and when do I pray?
Who is the Holy Spirit?
And more.
 
As we apply these biblical realities to our personal reality, we will experience the transformative effect of uncommon spiritual truth and depth applied to common life. This promises to be an exciting and challenging learning series.
 
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