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.

Divesting in Israel? Not Before We Confess Our Own Sin

Last week the Presbyterian Church (USA), of which I am a member, did two things of note. First, it gave me and my colleagues permission to perform same gender weddings. I would have done them anyway if I’d been asked, but it’s nice to know that now I won’t be tried for heresy or whatever [Read More...]

Why a Woman and a Girl?

Mark’s story about the healing of a woman and a girl raises a question. I get that the number 12 represents the old and new reign of God. I get that the woman was likely poor and the girl was likely rich, but why is this story about females? I didn’t find any commentator that [Read More...]

Legion – Symptoms of an Ailing Society

a sermon about the structures of society arrayed against the power of God – complete mis-match. Also some pretty cool music at the end.   [Read more...]

On the Sea

a sermon about the extraordinary pain of life and the inexplicable hold that God has at the center of it all. [Read more...]

Is Our Faith Enough?

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Confessing Christianity’s Corporate Sin Against the Jewish People

A supersessionist view of the Christian covenant might have made some little sense in a mythic worldview, but never made any moral sense. The time has long since come for Christians to drop such an arrogant claim. It has contributed to extraordinary suffering and eroded any moral authority we might think we have. In that [Read More...]

Romans IX – It’s Very Close

Romans IX – It’s Very Close  (Audio Right Click to Download) [Read more...]

Evolution and Faith VIII – Meet Me in Galilee

Beauty and new life emerge out of the chaos of the cross. Beauty and new life emerge from the challenges and chaos of creation itself – same thing. But how are we to live into that possibility? How are we to live with hope as we develop and evolve? The entire Gospel of Mark was [Read More...]

Evolution and Faith VII – Death of the Church

Evolution and Faith VII – Death of the Church (Audio Right Click to Download) Mark 15:33-37 The Fourth Word at the Good Friday Service When it was new, darkness came over the whole land until it was three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabbachthani,” [Read More...]

Evolution and Faith VI–Evolution Happens in Stress

Evolution happens in all facets of life, but let’s take personal growth for a moment. The shame we hide – that we all hide – keeps us from the creative love we need. Evolution and Faith VI–Evolution Happens in Stress  (Audio Right Click to Download) Evolution and Faith VI – Stress Drives Evolution Luke 19:28-44; [Read More...]