About Sam Alexander

Sam Alexander works as a Preaching Coach and as a Persistent Pain Coach - and yes, I sometimes wonder if the two are integrally related :-). He is the former pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael and also serves as Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics at San Francisco Theological Seminary. His website, www.gracecomesfirst.net describes the breadth of the work he does. Sam is the author of Evolving Christianity; Life After Faith Crisis which is available on Amazon or through his website.

Standing on Truth?

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The Dance: Looking Towards a Life Well Lived

I continue to work through the implications of a text that uses the word agape to translate “love,” while describing the phenomena of eros, the evolutionary impulse, the gentle persuasion towards love. I have become more and more convinced that it is the dance of eros and agape that bring forth the next beautiful moment [Read More…]

Dear Dear Donald

He’s having such a hard time with this Presbyterian thing I thought I’d try to give him some help. [Read more…]

Social Synapse

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To God Be the Glory, Mmmm . . .

Not the best, not the worst . . . To God Be the Glory Rendition [Read more…]

Species Specific Shenanigans

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Danger, Scapegoating Alive and Well

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It’s to Be Expected

I wonder what Paul’s opposition thought about this passage. A bit defensive maybe? People have a way of going after our weakness  when they don’t like what we’re doing. [Read more…]

Love in Exile

I’m hoping to avoid crossing a line here. I don’t want to use this “pulpit” to defend myself, or in this case, a friend. (Happy to do that in a different forum, just not in these sermons.) But I do think we all need to be open to the possibility that when the flavor of our [Read More…]

Thinking Against Violence with Rodin

First of all, let me offer my deep gratitude to Natasha Lennard who interviewed Brad Evans for the New York Times. The piece, Thinking Against Violence, an unusually thoughtful piece for mainstream media, inspired this sermon and helped me find a bit of my voice this week! [Read more…]