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Brad SullivanProper 21, Year BSeptember 30, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonNumbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29Psalm 19:7-14James 5:13-20Mark 9:38-50…And All the Water Was At EaseBetween the woods the afternoonIs fallen in a golden swoon.The sun looks down from quiet skiesTo where a quiet water lies;And silent trees stoop down to trees.And there I saw a white swan ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 19, Year BSeptember 16, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonIsaiah 50:4-9aPsalm 116:1-8James 3:1-12Mark 8:27-38To Sustain the Weary With a WordYears ago, when I was youth minister and assistant priest, one of the youth in the church said to me, apropos of absolutely nothing, “You shouldn’t even be paid. All you do is talk for a living.” Sh ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 16, Year BAugust 26, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonJoshua 24:1-2a,14-18Ephesians 6:10-20John 6:56-69Choose Whom You Will Serve Eat“Choose whom you will serve,” Joshua said to the Israelites. Will you serve God, or will you serve some foreign false god or idol? Joshua had taken over leadership of Israel from Moses just before they ent ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 12, Year BJuly 29, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonEphesians 3:14-21John 6:1-21Kneeling to Jesus, to Freedom, to the Man Who Wouldn’t Be KingI was at a teacher’s party last week with Kristin, for the teachers at her school; spouses were invited, and we actually got to see each other, which was lovely. We were meeting at one of their ho ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 10, Year BJuly 15, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonMark 6:14-29TitleJohn the Baptist was killed because of a hastily-made promise given by a man who was overly aroused by his step daughter’s dancing. With little thought as to possible consequence, Herod spoke his promise to give her whatever she wanted. He was acting out of emotion, fe ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 5, Year BJune 10, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonGenesis 3:8-15Psalm 1302 Corinthians 4:13 - 5:1Mark 3:20-35At the Time of the Evening Breeze…At the time of the evening breeze, God was walking through the Garden, and the man and the woman were afraid of God’s judgment, so they immediately started demonizing the other. Rather than just ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 4, Year BJune 3, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonDeuteronomy 5:12-15Psalm 81:1-102 Corinthians 4:5-12Mark 2:23 - 3:6Sabbath, Jesus: Gifts of Freedom from All that Enslaves usRules are made to be broken. That’s one of my favorite oft quoted sayings of supposed wisdom which is actually totally and completely bogus. Rules aren’t made to b ...…
 
Brad SullivanTrinity Sunday, Year BMay 27, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonIsaiah 6:1-8Romans 8:12-17John 3:1-17Trinityish Type Stuff: a.k.a. Restoring God's ShalomWithout doubt and without fear, May you find some comfort here, May there be hope to help you copeWhen what you need Is nowhere nearMake your mark unto these years, Shape your world with salt a ...…
 
Brad Sullivan6 Easter, Year BMay 6, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonJohn 15:9-17Jesus wants us to be joyful…not fearful, lonely, right, or isolated.Abide in my love, Jesus said, so that my joy may be in your and your joy may be complete. Jesus had all sorts of emotions, just like every other human. Anger, frustration, contempt. Think about how Jesus was w ...…
 
Brad Sullivan4 Easter, Year BApril 22, 2018Emmanuel, Houston1 John 3:16-24John 10:11-18Give Grace Amidst Angst, and Be HealedLife is hard. It’s also great, and we’re in the Easter season, so we’re not going too far down a dark path, but life is, in addition to being great, straight up, plain, old fashioned hard. We have hurts that happen to us ...…
 
Brad SullivanEaster SundayApril 1, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonJohn 20:1-18Even When the World Tells Us Not ToHappy Easter y’all, as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, his victory over death, and the fullness of his great love for us. I love that God joined with us even in death, and then in Jesus’ resurrection, God has shown us the full measure of his ...…
 
Brad Sullivan5th Sunday of LentMarch 18, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonJohn 12:20-33Sleeper Awake (and Quit that Darn Snooze Button)First of all, I’d like to thank my buddy Patrick Hall for his sermon last Sunday entitled, “Risking Exposure,” which helped draw out of me these words for today. You can look him up, Patrick Hall, and search for his sermon ...…
 
Brad Sullivan3rd Sunday of LentMarch 4, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonJohn 2:13-22Wreck It RabbiOne of my kids’ and my favorite movies is an animated movie called, “Wreck It Ralph.” Ralph is a video game character, a bad guy whose catch phrase is, “I’m gonna wreck it,” and in this movie, the video game characters are kind of alive and interact with each ...…
 
Brad SullivanAsh WednesdayFebruary 14, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonMatthew 6:1-6, 16-21Choosing to Love…Without All the Time in the World I was on Facebook this morning as I am every morning, about to start Morning Prayer, which I pray on Facebook so others can join in praying together, and as I was about to start, I noticed a friend’s updated status ...…
 
Brad SullivanLast Sunday after the EpiphanyFebruary 11, 2018Emmanuel, Houston2 Corinthians 4:3-6Mark 9:2-9God Is In the Grind Have you ever been outside walking around and then looked up and been startled, scared even, by a hideous, almost other worldly beast staring at you with hungry eyes, vicious teeth, and razor sharp claws, only to have yo ...…
 
Brad Sullivan2 Epiphany, Year BJanuary 14, 2018Emmanuel, HoustonJohn 1:43-51The Families of the Earth Can Be Blessed Through You“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” I love this question of Nathanael’s partly because it appeals to my snarky side, and also because the obvious answer is supposed to be “no.” Nazareth was a Podunk little sparro ...…
 
Brad Sullivan2 Christmas, Year BDecember 31, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonJohn 1:1-18The Questioners, the Loners, the Kids with Behavior Problems…Over the weekend, a priest friend of mine and I talking and joking together about challenges of church life, and she said, “Yeah, church would be great if it wasn’t for all the people.” It’s a common joke abo ...…
 
Brad Sullivan3 Advent, Year BDecember 17, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonIsaiah 61:1-4, 8-111 Thessalonians 5:16-24John 1:6-8, 19-28That Someone Greater Is Jesus, and that Something Greater is LoveSo, John the Baptist really upset the uber religiousy folks of his time, didn’t he? He was there, baptizing folks to testify to the Light of God, to lead peopl ...…
 
Brad Sullivan1 Advent, Year BDecember 3, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonMark 13:24-27A Tale of Two HouseholdsWhen Jesus told his parable about the master of a household going away on a journey and leaving his servants in charge of the household while he was gone, telling them to keep awake and be ready for his return, Jesus was talking about how his disc ...…
 
Brad SullivanAll Saints Sunday, Year ANovember 5, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonMatthew 5:1-12Who are the saints? (Icon of St. Joseph - is this a saint? Picture of my dad - is this a saint?)Both are saints, even though only a few knew my dad.The saints are those who love God and love people. The saints are also those whom God loves and whom people love. ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 25, Year AOctober 29, 2017Emmanuel, Houston1 Thessalonians 2:1-8Matthew 22:34-46The Most Powerful Force In the WorldBecca Stevens is an Episcopal priest and the founder and president of Thistle Farms which she stared 20 years ago with five women who needed healing, survivors of abuse, trafficking, and prostitution. She start ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 23, Year AOctober 15, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonIsaiah 25:1-9Philippians 4:1-9Matthew 22:1-14Wow, That Got Out of Hand QuicklySo this is everyone’s favorite parable. In a few sentences, Jesus’ parable of the wedding feast went from a king throwing a wedding feast for his son to the guests not wanting to come, killing the king’s s ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 20, Year ASeptember 24, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonJonah 3:10-4:11Matthew 20:1-16But Jesus, That’s Not Fair!“But Jesus, that’s not fair!” That pretty well sums up the response of the laborers at the end of Jesus’ parable of the laborers in the vineyard. They had agreed to work for the day for the usual daily wage. They negotiated ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 16, Year AAugust 27, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonExodus 12:1-14Romans 13:8-14Matthew 18:15-20Our Pre-Harvey Lives Are Dead and In the TombLast Friday, I was volunteering over at FamilyPoint Resources, a little ways down Memorial from here. Family Point has after school programs for children in this area along with other services fo ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 14, Year AAugust 13, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonMatthew 14:22-33Walking On Water: The Martyr of CharlottesvilleJesus was the Word of God which spoke all of creation into existence. On some level, even subconsciously, I’d guess Jesus began to have some inkling of who he was. I wonder if in his encounter with his disciples on the bo ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 12, Year AJuly 30, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonMatthew 13:31-33, 44-52A Woman Made Bread, and Jesus Said, “This Is My Body”Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to “yeast that a woman took and mixed in with tree measures of flower until all of it was leavened.” Bread. The kingdom of heaven is like bread, the yeast mixing ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 11, Year AJuly 23, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonGenesis 28:10-19aRomans 8:12-25Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43We Are One With Jesus, and Jesus Is With UsI had a wonderful week last week at Camp Allen. Kristin and I, along with Machel Delange and Caroline San Martin were the camp directors for a session of summer camp for 3rd and 4th graders ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 7, Year AJune 25, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonGenesis 21:8-21Romans 6:1b-11Matthew 10:24-39Come On, Jesus! You’re Supposed to Be the Prince of Peace!Several times last week, someone would ask me what the Gospel reading is for this Sunday, and every time I told them, their reaction was, “Oh, yuck, I hate that passage.” Honestly, tha ...…
 
Brad SullivanTrinity Sunday, Year AJune 11, 2017Emmanuel, Houston2 Corinthians 13:11-13Matthew 28:16-20Love, Grace, and Communion: The Holy TrinityA couple of years ago on Trinity Sunday, I had this idea to preach about God as a frosted Donut, as a way of describing the Trinity, with The Father as the dough part, Jesus as the frosting, and the ...…
 
Brad Sullivan7 Easter, Year AMay 28, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonJohn 17:1-11Love Is Gritty, Love Is Hard, Love Is an Empty TombI had a conversation with a nine year old last week about this Sunday’s gospel passage. I read it to him and then asked him what he thought. He said that it sounded like Jesus and the Father saying, “If we get to be in heaven ...…
 
Brad Sullivan4 Easter, Year AMay 7, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonActs 2:42-47John 10:1-10Thieves and BanditsJesus said, “All who came before me are thieves and bandits...The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Those who came before Jesus were those who were seen as a messiah, an anoin ...…
 
Brad SullivanEaster Vigil, Year AApril 15, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonMatthew 28:1-10Why Are We Here? For ProclamationWhat are we doing here? It’s Saturday night on a long weekend. We could be out on the town; or staying at home, relaxing; or watching the new Star Wars preview for the 17th, 18th, and 19th times no YouTube. Instead we’re here in churc ...…
 
Brad SullivanMaundy Thursday, Year AApril 13, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonJohn 13:1-17, 31b-35So, I Tend to Be Kinda GrouchyI tend to be kinda grouchy. There’s my Good Friday confession a little bit early. So this has been for me a fantastic Lent. Lent is generally my favorite time of year because it’s this time of year when we get to be more intentio ...…
 
Brad Sullivan5 Lent, Year AApril 2, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonJohn 11:1-45We’ll never be transformed if we aren’t willing to walk into the tomb.Thinking about the raising of Lazarus from the dead got me thinking about death and the fear of death, and that got me thinking about Star Wars. To be fair, most things do, but fear of death is a recurring t ...…
 
Brad Sullivan2 Lent, Year AMarch 12, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonJohn 3:1-17Babies Crawling On the Ever-Shifting Sands of Time“They say that these are not the best of times, but they’re the only times I’ve ever known.” That’s from poet and prophet, Billy Joel, in the song Summer Highland Falls. That single idea, that these aren’t the best of times, bu ...…
 
Brad SullivanLast Epiphany, Year AFebruary 26, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonMatthew 17:1-9The Freedom to Fail“Man glows on top of mountain, disciples respond stupidly” I think that’s pretty much what the newspaper headline would read for the transfiguration. The article would follow:Itinerant preacher and Rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth, stunned his disciples ...…
 
Brad Sullivan6 Epiphany, Year AFebruary 12, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonSirach 15:15-20Matthew 5:21-37The Quest“Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” That’s where we left off last week in Jesus’ sermon in Matthew chapter 5. At a first hearing, it sounds like Jesus is givin ...…
 
Brad Sullivan4 Epiphany, Year AJanuary 29, 2017Emmanuel, Houston1 Corinthians 1:18-31Matthew 5:1-12Smacked Upside the Head by Hope“I get it, guys. The Gospel sounds foolish, and you feel kinda dumb for proclaiming it, but just go with it. That’s how God works.” That’s basically what Paul is saying in his letter to the Corinthians. He says Jesus ...…
 
Brad Sullivan2 Epiphany, Year AJanuary 14, 2017Emmanuel, HoustonJohn 1:29-42Fumbling In the DarkRepentance leads to seeing Jesus. That is what I heard in our Gospel story this morning, as John was declaring Jesus to be the Lamb of God, the one who would take away the sins of the world. John said that he came baptizing so that Jesus would be rev ...…
 
Brad SullivanChristmas Eve, Year ADecember 24, 2016Emmanuel, HoustonLuke 2:1-14(15-20)Becoming Human On A LarkAnd that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. Every time I hear Luke’s telling of Jesus’ birth, I hear Linus telling the Christmas story to Charlie Brown, letting him know what Christmas is really all about. Christmas is about ...…
 
Brad Sullivan3 Advent, Year ADecember 11, 2016Emmanuel, HoustonJames 5:7-10Matthew 11:2-11Avoiding Suffering and Death: The Great Lie of LifeWe hear in our story from the Gospel according to Matthew today a story about John the Baptist, sitting in prison and wondering if all he had done had been worth it. Was God’s kingdom truly coming? Was sal ...…
 
Brad Sullivan1 Advent, Year ANovember 27, 2016Emmanuel, HoustonRomans 13:11-14Matthew 24:36-44I’ll Take First Watch“I’ll take first watch.” That is a frequent refrain on the AMC hit TV series, “The Walking Dead”, a show which I have been watching the TV show now for years. For those unfamiliar with The Walking Dead, it is a show about a zombie ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 28, Year CNovember 13, 2016Emmanuel, HoustonIsaiah 65:17-25Luke 21:5-19Life After The ApocalypseYour worst fears are coming true, but fear not. That’s basically part of what Jesus was saying in the discourse to his disciples that we heard today. “Guys, you’re about to be living in Diaspora again. You are about to be scattere ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 26, Year COctober 30, 2016Emmanuel, Houston2 Timothy 3:14-4:5Luke 19:1-10Climbing Trees and the First Winter Breeze“The Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” Thank God for that! Amen, and Alleluia! I could almost end right there…I won’t, but I almost could. Thank God that the Son of Man came to seek and to save ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 24, Year COctober 16, 2016Emmanuel, Houston2 Timothy 3:14-4:5Luke 18:1-8Catastrophizing Our Lives. Trusting In God.Does anyone else ever find themselves catastrophizing their lives? Imagining the worse scenario happening, maybe even what would you do if? I thought it was pretty uncommon, maybe even that I was the only one wh ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 21, Year CSeptember 25, 2016Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Bay City, TX1 Timothy 6:6-19Luke 16:19-31Put Your Trust In God, and Rely Not On Your Stuff.Have you ever noticed that in some organizations, the folks who have a lot of money are the ones who it seems really matter in that organization, and everybody else isn’t as im ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 20, Year CSeptember 18, 2016Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Bay City, TXLuke 16:1-13Scorsese Is Directing? I’m Ok With That. Jesus? Not So Much. At first glance, in our Gospel story today, it seems as though Jesus is telling us we should be dishonest, and we’re pretty much confused through his entire parable. By the end, the ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 19, Year CSeptember 11, 2016Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Bay City, TXLuke 15:1-10Bullying, Terrorism, & 9/11:The Way of Self-Righteousness Is the Way of DeathJesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” and people saw life and truth in him, and people flocked to him, following him and following in his way. Jesus’ w ...…
 
Brad SullivanProper 18, Year CSeptember 4, 2016Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, Bay City, TXPhilemon 1-21Luke 14:25-33Let Go of Everything We’re Afraid to LoseHillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are two of the most polarizing figures in American politics right now, understatement of the year. They’re probably two of the most polarizing people in re ...…
 
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