Discerning the Will of God - Pastor Brad Hill

June 2019
As Shoreline Covenant comes to the moment of decision, the phrase “the will of God” will be increasingly heard. For two years now SCC has been praying for “guidance” and “wisdom” and “discernment” that God’s will be done in the matter of calling a new pastor. Christians don’t use tarot cards, 8-balls, fortune cookies, or astrology to discern the will of God. Even if these things did reveal some kind of divine message, they require nothing of us, no commitment, no journey, no transformation. In fact they do not even require compliance. The Apostle Paul gives the church of Rome [ Read More ]

Understanding Church Culture - Pastor Brad Hill

May 2019
Anthropologists might define culture something like this: Culture is the collection of norms, rituals, and behaviors that a group of people share and that is transmitted through symbols within a system. I think of culture as being expressed by stories, rituals, artifacts, language, heroes and habits. If we were to apply this to a church, any church, how would you describe the SCC church culture? What are the formative stories of SCC (I tried to do that in my “Psalm of Shoreline” earlier)? Starting out small on “15th” street, opening of the preschool, the common meals, Camp Casey events, the [ Read More ]