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Sam Alexander
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Rev. Sam Alexander is Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, California. He holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and an M.Div. from Union Seminary in Virginia. Sam has served congregations in Maryland and in the San Francisco Bay area and serves as an Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics (Preaching) at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He blogs at www.gracecomesfirst.net.  Visit his Patheos Expert site here

Works by Sam Alexander
Unraveling Predestination
Sam Alexander | December 07, 2015
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Ephesians IV: Dismantling the False Self
Sam Alexander | October 19, 2015
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Dad's Not So Afraid Anymore
Sam Alexander | September 09, 2015
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Must We Talk About the confederate Flag?
Sam Alexander | June 23, 2015
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Happify and Integral Theory
Sam Alexander | November 20, 2014
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Love Letter 34
Sam Alexander | October 15, 2014
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Love Letter 24
Sam Alexander | September 28, 2014
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Love Letter 19
Sam Alexander | September 20, 2014
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Love Letter 18
Sam Alexander | September 20, 2014
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Love Letter 6
Sam Alexander | September 07, 2014
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Love Letter 1
Sam Alexander | September 02, 2014
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Lowry Loop - Sermon Form Class - 2 of 8
Sam Alexander | December 14, 2016
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On the Sea
Sam Alexander | November 19, 2013
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Romans IX - It’s Very Close
Sam Alexander | April 24, 2013
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Rodin's Hand of God
Sam Alexander | April 23, 2012
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A Note to the Spiritual But Not Religious
Sam Alexander | April 17, 2012
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Why Isn’t It Cool to Be a Christian?
Sam Alexander | January 06, 2011
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We've Seen a Great Light
Sam Alexander | October 18, 2010
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Preaching Is a Half-time Job
Sam Alexander | March 10, 2011
What must we in the congregation do to help our pastors become better preachers?...
Progressive Christianity: Losing the Magic Blood
Sam Alexander | June 28, 2011
Isn't progressive Christianity really evangelical faith minus the literal myth?...
Emir Abd el-Kader: Really A Role Model for Today?
Sam Alexander | September 27, 2011
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Good People; Eroding Ethics?
Sam Alexander | July 06, 2015
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Thinking Against Violence with Rodin
Sam Alexander | December 21, 2015
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Ephesians V: We're Blessed? What's With That?
Sam Alexander | October 26, 2015
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Saying the Bible is Just Plain Wrong
Sam Alexander | October 07, 2015
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Love Letter 33
Sam Alexander | October 15, 2014
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Love Letter 12
Sam Alexander | September 14, 2014
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Species Specific Shenanigans
Sam Alexander | January 25, 2016
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Why a Woman and a Girl?
Sam Alexander | November 19, 2013
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Evolutionary Christianity I – Power to Become...
Sam Alexander | February 26, 2013
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What Does It Mean to Be Spiritual?
Sam Alexander | June 19, 2012
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An Open Letter to Evangelicals, (sort of)
Sam Alexander | November 05, 2011
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False Hope and Beauty in an Anthropomorphic God
Sam Alexander | September 22, 2011
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We Really Ought to Name Something "Bob"
Sam Alexander | October 19, 2010
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The Language of Science and Faith: Both/And
Sam Alexander | April 11, 2011
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The Paralyzed Church
Sam Alexander | November 02, 2015
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Escape, Freedom, and Pleasure
Sam Alexander | June 12, 2015
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Hey, We're Christians Too
Sam Alexander | June 30, 2015
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Success Summit 3.0 and Outrageous Love Letters
Sam Alexander | November 06, 2014
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Love Letter 25
Sam Alexander | September 29, 2014
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Love Letter 20
Sam Alexander | September 22, 2014
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Love Letter 17
Sam Alexander | September 19, 2014
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Love Letter 15
Sam Alexander | September 17, 2014
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Love Letter 11
Sam Alexander | September 12, 2014
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Love Letter 8
Sam Alexander | September 09, 2014
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Love Letter 5
Sam Alexander | September 06, 2014
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Gemstone - Sermon Form Class - 3 of 8
Sam Alexander | December 17, 2016
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Is Our Faith Enough?
Sam Alexander | October 15, 2013
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An Open Letter to Girls Becoming Women
Sam Alexander | October 06, 2011
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Magic Blood
Sam Alexander | October 05, 2010
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The Language of Science and Faith: Both/And
Sam Alexander | April 07, 2011
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Hey, We're Chrsitians Too, Two
Sam Alexander | July 01, 2015
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How to Grow Up (or at least free up)
Sam Alexander | June 30, 2015
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Love Letter 3
Sam Alexander | September 04, 2014
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New Hearing - Sermon Form Class - 4 of 8
Sam Alexander | December 20, 2016
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Legion - Symptoms of an Ailing Society
Sam Alexander | November 19, 2013
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Evolution and Faith IV–Ethical Imperative
Sam Alexander | March 18, 2013
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Chant Wave
Sam Alexander | June 16, 2012
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Resonance and Dissonance Between the World's Great...
Sam Alexander | February 28, 2012
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What If There Were No Religions?
Sam Alexander | February 07, 2011
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The conditions are being met for an evolutionary move forward. It's creation's way; it......
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Peaceful Passages, by Janet Wehr, RN
Sam Alexander | October 17, 2015
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Bobblehead Pope Francis
Sam Alexander | September 23, 2015
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Felt Crushed, But I Got It
Sam Alexander | June 09, 2015
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Love Letter 28
Sam Alexander | October 05, 2014
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Love Letter 2
Sam Alexander | September 03, 2014
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Sermon Form Class - 1 of 8
Sam Alexander | December 11, 2016
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To God Be the Glory, Mmmm . . .
Sam Alexander | February 01, 2016
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A Review of Integral Christianity by Paul Smith
Sam Alexander | November 29, 2011
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New Jerusalem
Sam Alexander | November 16, 2010
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Loss of Meaning
Sam Alexander | November 02, 2010
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He Is Risen Indeed
Sam Alexander | March 30, 2010
I don't know what happened on Easter morning and frankly, I don't care. What "happened"......
Re-defining the Mainline's Mission
Sam Alexander | May 22, 2012
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Ephesians III: What Do I Mean by "In Christ Jesus?"
Sam Alexander | October 12, 2015
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Ephesians Video II: Seeking a Life of Meaning
Sam Alexander | October 05, 2015
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SIN: Has the Church Abdicated?
Sam Alexander | June 24, 2015
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Love Letter 30
Sam Alexander | October 08, 2014
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Love Letter 27
Sam Alexander | October 05, 2014
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Love Letter 22
Sam Alexander | September 26, 2014
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Love Letter 21
Sam Alexander | September 23, 2014
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Love Letter 10
Sam Alexander | September 11, 2014
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Love Letter 4
Sam Alexander | September 05, 2014
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I'm going to write some love letters.
Sam Alexander | September 02, 2014
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The Dance: Looking Towards a Life Well Lived
Sam Alexander | April 25, 2016
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Dear Dear Donald
Sam Alexander | March 03, 2016
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Social Synapse
Sam Alexander | February 08, 2016
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It's to Be Expected
Sam Alexander | January 11, 2016
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How Do We Make Ethical Choices
Sam Alexander | May 02, 2012
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The Straw Man and the Arrogant Modernist
Sam Alexander | July 14, 2011
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What if There Were No Religions?
Sam Alexander | February 07, 2011
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A Still More Glorious Dawn
Sam Alexander | July 15, 2010
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Shouting Stones: Pilate's Wife
Sam Alexander | March 16, 2011
"Pilate's wife listened for a voice that did not originate in the corrupted heart of......
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Clash of Civilizations?
Sam Alexander | November 23, 2015
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Love in Exile
Sam Alexander | December 28, 2015
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What the Pope Said About Charleston
Sam Alexander | June 24, 2015
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You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself
Sam Alexander | June 12, 2015
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Love Letter 31
Sam Alexander | October 09, 2014
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Love Letter 32
Sam Alexander | October 09, 2014
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Love Letter 29
Sam Alexander | October 05, 2014
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Love Letter 14
Sam Alexander | September 17, 2014
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Love Letter 13
Sam Alexander | September 16, 2014
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Evolution and Faith–Progress of Meaning
Sam Alexander | March 04, 2013
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Evolution and Faith–Progress of Meaning
Sam Alexander | March 04, 2013
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Done With Substitutionary Atonement - Really Done
Sam Alexander | March 20, 2012
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A Little Hope and . . .
Sam Alexander | May 11, 2011
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We've Seen a Great Light
Sam Alexander | December 03, 2010
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Confronting ISIS (or whatever the hell it's called).
Sam Alexander | November 16, 2015
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Countering a Culture of Fear
Sam Alexander | December 14, 2015
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He Resigned the Very Next Day
Sam Alexander | October 01, 2015
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Love Letter 26
Sam Alexander | October 01, 2014
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Love Letter 35
Sam Alexander | October 15, 2014
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Standing on Truth?
Sam Alexander | May 22, 2016
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Love Letter 23
Sam Alexander | September 26, 2014
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Love Letter 16
Sam Alexander | September 17, 2014
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a reflection for liberals on Preventing Suicide, A...
Sam Alexander | September 17, 2014
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Love Letter 9
Sam Alexander | September 10, 2014
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Love Letter 7
Sam Alexander | September 08, 2014
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Danger, Scapegoating Alive and Well
Sam Alexander | January 18, 2016
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Freedom from a Punishing God
Sam Alexander | May 08, 2012
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No Anthropomorphic God? Now What?
Sam Alexander | September 29, 2011
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Justice is Served?
Sam Alexander | May 03, 2011
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Wake Up Saba
Sam Alexander | December 07, 2010
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False Hope and Beauty in an Anthropomorphic God
Sam Alexander | September 23, 2011
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The Straw Man and the Arrogant Modernist
Sam Alexander | July 15, 2011
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Why Isn't It Cool To Be A Christian?
Sam Alexander | January 05, 2011
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Done with Substitutionary Atonement
Sam Alexander | March 20, 2012
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An Omer's Value for Preaching
Sam Alexander | November 09, 2010
I've been puzzling over Exodus 16:36 for some time now: "An omer is one tenth of an......