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.

Re-defining the Mainline’s Mission

I had the privilege of attending graduation ceremonies at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. It was a beautiful event. Being a Presbyterian I had to face facts, the Episcopalians just do a better job at this sort of thing. There were women and men in full regalia, a brass quintet, and the requisite pomp [Read More…]

The Burial of Jesus: Deconstructing and Reconstructing

I tire of the modernist propensity to deconstruct the biblical narrative, reducing it to a pile of superstitious stories about a deity who does magic tricks, and “plays god” with creation. I tire of it and so I was grateful to have read to the end of Dr. McGrath’s book, The Burial of Jesus; What [Read More…]

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear: Reflections on “Hijacked”

I love evangelicals. You all drive me crazy, but I love you. I’m liberal – in fact I left liberal in the dust so long ago I’ve forgotten what it looks like. But as I read Hijacked, a new book by Methodist pastors Mike Slaughter and Charles Gutenson on responding to partisan politics in the church, I [Read More…]

Emir Abd el-Kader: Really A Role Model for Today?

What is needed now is leaders who can see beyond the us versus them, beyond my group and your group, my rights and theirs, to a worldcentric worldview. Only that kind of leadership has even a chance to sustain a new level of peace. [Read more…]

The Language of Science and Faith: Both/And

A recent Gallup poll says 44% of people in the United States believe God created humans fewer than 10,000 years ago. And we wonder why our educational system is ranked 17th? But given this sad reality, I’m glad that Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins wrote The Language of Science and Faith. Because if you get to the point that you can no longer stomach a faith that requires belief in a God who created the universe a few thousand years ago, and tried to trick you into thinking it’s old by creating light beams in transit from distant galaxies, when you can no longer deal with a controlling, “loving” god who perpetually lets you down, then blames you for it by labeling you a sinner, when you’ve given up on that god, only to be horrified by the meaningless existence served up as “pure science,” well then Collins and Giberson will shed light on a path that leads toward what you once thought was the dark side. [Read more…]