pasadena tonite

i’m heading up to pasadena this afternoon and evening to connect with a bunch of emerging church leaders from all over the world who were brought in by Fuller and Al Roxburgh for a multi-day forum. what a rare opportunity to see old friends like Simon Hall from Leeds, UK (simon was the worship leader, and i the speaker, at a youth camp in Denmark about 10 years ago!), Doug Pagitt, Tim Keel, as well as newer friends like Andrew Jones and Steve Taylor (the Kiwi author, not the Nashville musician).

and, i lived in pasadena for five years before coming down to san diego for YS; so it will be fun to hang there.

great time last night. wonderful dinner with Doug P, talking openly and warmly about the future of the emergentYS publishing line. it’s good to be going through tough questions with friends you can trust, and i really sense that with Doug — emergent is not going to stab us in the back or dishonor our friendship and history (that is clear). we’re truly trying to decide what’s best for the books, and for the church — not what’s best for YS (which would clearly be to continue as is) or emergent. pray for us on this. but this wonderful dinner was made more wonderful by the food; we ate at my favorite italian restaurant on old Colorado in Pasadena, called Mi Piace. i had ricotta and pumpkin stuffed ravioli with a piece of grilled chicken on top. i’m convinced angels made it — or, it’s what angels ate for dinner last night also.

we ambled over to The Yard House (100 beers on tap!) to hook up with 25 or so of the 40 emerging church leaders from around the world — a full half of them non-U.S. Got to chat with Karen Ward, Tim Keel, Spencer Burke, John Franke, Doug, Andrew Jones, Simon Hall, Steve Taylor, and met several new friends, including a wonderful conversation with Alan Hirsch. i’m really looking forward to reading Alan’s book, which i hear is fantastic.

Jay and i left pasadena at 10:15, tried to stop at my old favorite coffee shop (which was closed), got stuck in a total-stand-still traffic jam at 11:45 somewhere south of riverside (one of those weird traffic jams where you sit on the freeway for 45 minutes, then, instantly, everyone starts moving full speed, and there is not one single sign as to what caused the stop), and got home at 1am. oof.

10 thoughts on “pasadena tonite”

  1. Did you ever make it up? I was there, then gone, then back again… Sad to have missed you if you made it….

  2. yeah, damien, i was there. i heard you were coming — woulda been fun to see you. thought of you when i drove through the beauty that is riverside!

  3. I need to clarify something… If you took the 215 to the 60 or the 10 You really didn’t go through Riverside… you went “by” Riverside. I just need to clarify because I have trouble convincing people that we have more than fields of weeds and industrial buildings…. :-) (I hope the playful tone of voice comes across)

  4. damien — if i drove the 15 to the 210 (which i did), wouldn’t i go through riverside?

  5. This is a funny conversation to have…

    The 91 is the only freeway that really goes through Riverside…

    The 60 runs along the northern side, as does the 215 (it shoots through a tiny piece before it hits colton). The 15 runs through Corona which is Riverside County. And part of the 215 also runs along th boarder between Riverside and Moreno Valley. So they all just kinda go around Riverside… which is developing, but a lot of it is still just a lots of weeds and old Cow stuff… :-) Not that it really matters, but when I tell people I’m from Riverside, I have this feeling that that is the image that they have of Riverside, and I just want to say … “I only wish you knew the city that I know….” as the soft music plays and the single tear streams down my cheek…. :-)

  6. thanks, si — really glad i got to meet you, finally. maybe we can have a pint at belgo this august when i’m in london. jeannie (my wife) has bronchitis, but is on the mend.

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