About Sam Alexander

Sam Alexander is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael and also serves as Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Clash of Civilizations?

So this sermon is swimming around in some of the same waters as last week. The real theme of the letter, or at least this part of it, is trusting in the power of God to move towards unity. I’m thinking about that in the context of the sometimes outrageous remarks we hear concerning refugees. [Read More...]

Confronting ISIS (or whatever the hell it’s called).

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The Paralyzed Church

We really do have GOSPEL to share. I wish we’d share it. I’ll be off next week. When I get going at this, I’ll see if I can’t get some guest preachers to jump in. [Read more...]

Ephesians V: We’re Blessed? What’s With That?

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Ephesians IV: Dismantling the False Self

Grace and peace, Rev. Samuel G. Alexander www.gracecomesfirst.net   [Read more...]

Peaceful Passages, by Janet Wehr, RN

I started reading Peaceful Passages the day Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s Assisted Suicide bill into law. The context is important, at least it has been to me. I should start by saying that Peaceful Passages might be the best book I’ve written about as part of the Patheos Book Club. Janet Wehr, RN, has [Read More...]

Ephesians III: What Do I Mean by “In Christ Jesus?”

Among other things, the sermon delves into the question, “What does the cross and resurrection have to do with evolutionary theory?” [Read more...]

Saying the Bible is Just Plain Wrong

Yesterday I posted a sermon, Seeking a Life of Meaning, and was delighted to receive a serious comment. I say delighted because the tone opened a respectful dialogue rather than some comments I’ve received that deal only in angry rhetoric. Anyway, the commenter, Carl, raises a good point, one I often discuss with my wife. [Read More...]

Ephesians Video II: Seeking a Life of Meaning

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Ephesians Video I: Invitation to a Sermon Series on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

I miss the pulpit, so I decided to do something about it. I will be preaching brief sermons on Monday mornings for at least as long as it takes for me to preach through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. This is the video introduction. The first sermon follows shortly.   The following video is of [Read More...]