august will be the last month of the sky is big in pasadena.
i have accepted a position at salford mennonite church in harleysville, pennsylvania. we will be moving in september, so august will be my farewell month to the city of pasadena. when we moved here from virginia i posted a list of the ten things i would miss most about harrisonburg. i figured that would be a good way to end our time here, so each day i will be doing one final rundown of life in this great city. i have prepared two lists - ten things i won't be sad to leave behind (which thankfully, are already posted), and twenty of my absolute favorite things about pasadena. we have arrived at my top ten things about life in pasadena.
let's face it. this is the reason we arrived in pasadena four years ago. without fuller, we probably would never have considered pasadena in the first place. in many ways it has been more than i ever imagined. not everything has been what i expected it to be, and sometimes i wondered what life would have been like at another seminary, but all in all i am glad i made the choice to come here.
fuller has challenged me, stretched me, and made me into a better thinker. it has given me the foundation for a huge number of relationships - both at the mentor and peer level. i am constantly amazed at the reach of this school in the global community, and i am proud to be one of its many alumni.
today's photo was taken recently. compare it with this photo of me shortly after we arrived. have i changed at all in four years??