Posts by Justin

Managing Complex Change

I posted a picture of this on my Instagram page (@justinbpowell) and thought I’d share it here too. I love processing change and I find this matrix really helpful in connecting outcomes with resources.   Please note the attributions and credits on the document. This isn’t my original thought…even though I wish it was.

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My “I have a friend going to Barcelona…” list

I get emails every so often with people asking me about ‘off the beatin’ path’ types of things to do in Barcelona. I thought it would be a help to put it in a blog with some links. Favorite Restaurant – Caravelle in the neighborhood El Raval. My friends Zim and Poppy own it. They…

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It’s Never Too Late

This title might as well apply to me and my relationship with writing on this site. But I saw this ad and realized it was too good not to embed into my life…much less into my blog. Generational change is a monumental topic to address in a tv spot about chemicals we use to clean…

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Silence ≠ Loneliness

Every morning I try to wake up and spend some time in silence…to be honest, I spend most of this time with my head full of way too much thinking and not enough time resting. Many mornings I end up feeling alone; like no real connection with God was made. But this morning I read…

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4 Lessons Learned After 1 Year of Life as an American Again

Anniversaries are kind of like stepping on the scale and seeing a number that you never thought you would see…for good or bad. In this moment you look back and ask, “How did I get here?” Yesterday was our one year anniversary of moving back to the States after nearly a decade spent pursuing life…

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Changing My Addictions

  I forgot to add an important category to my site when I built it. Maybe it’s because I hadn’t had enough of this category when I was working on the site, but this category is one of my great passions. (i.e. addictions) It is coffee. The picture above is of my new Chemex. I’ve…

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Shaking the Shadows of the American Flag

I was just watching this video of Mac DeMarco on Le Blogothèque (a music and video blog from France) and noticed he was wearing a shirt (in the beginning of the video) with an American flag on it. Yes, ‘Old Glory’ was a’flyin’ on his shirt…in Paris. It was March 1st of 2005 when Jen and…

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Coming Soon

Like a mid-wife helping a baby come into this world…I am also building this site. Hopefully this site will fail in comparison to the gift of life, but I at least want it to be good.

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Cycling and Suffering

Colombian Cyclists Dream Of Racing Out Of Poverty : NPR “If you can’t suffer, what good are you?” This quote by the 16 year old cyclist in the link above really got me thinking. I have been into bikes (read not necessarily cycling yet, but bikes) for nearly a year now, but have yet to…

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EDA Vintage French Fixie

This is the bike that I bought as a rusted pile of nothingness at the flea market and transformed into a super cool (in my opinion) fixed gear bike. It’s a vintage french frame…from the 60’s I believe. The only marks on the frame are the angles of the tubes on the lugs and the…

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My New Bike – 82 Colnago Mexico

I saw this super grainy, black and white photo of a bike for sale online. It was nearly impossible to tell what it was (you can see the picture in the flickr set) but I could tell it was 1.) my size, and 2.) looked kind of like a Colnago. I called the man selling…

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Barcelona Protests

I don’t have any commentary on this right now, but this article talks about the protests happening in Barcelona right now. The picture in the article was taken about 5 minute walk from our front door. BBC News – Barcelona: Angry crowd pursues Catalan MPs I think that these protests and the increased sightings of…

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A Portrait of Christ

A Portrait of Christ from Jeremy Cowart on Vimeo. Great artwork by Jeremy Cowart…definitely worth a look and to experience this image coming to life.  

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An Atheists Explanation to His Child

I came across this article via twitter (@hopefulskeptic) and thought that it was interesting thing to think about. It’s an atheist father explaining in a letter to his 11 year old daughter why he doesn’t pray. I obviously don’t agree with the conclusions of the author, but I do think his perceptions of what Christians…

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On Community

I think I’ve realized that I thrive being in community…in work, play, and life in general. When I don’t spend time processing with other people, getting feedback, sharing ideas and frustrations, and being around others I start to misfire. I just feel funky and out of sorts. Even going days with a lot on my…

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Rogier’s pictures of Leadership Summit

My good friend Rogier is also a good photographer and shared some of his pictures from the recent conference we were at. There is one photo of Cutler and I apparently sharing a beer…but honestly, I don’t know where it came from. I think Rogier is just good at Photoshop. haha (Thanks Ro for the…

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Is God a Helpless Parent?

Maisie has been really sick the past few days, and thankfully she’s feeling better now. Two nights ago we had one of the most difficult nights that we’ve had as parents. She had a high fever, headache, and was throwing up…all symptoms that parents don’t like for their little ones to have. We called our…

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Wes White on Shalom at our Leadership Summit

Dr. Wes White is a friend and fellow church planter in Glasgow, Scotland. This is the end of his talk for the Missional Theology track at our Leadership Summit. I greatly appreciate Wes’ heart for people, his ability to articulate big truths, explanation of what means to live out shalom, and his patience for people…

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Freeing Jesus

So, I actually have a minute to sit and write on my blog. I want to write in part because I don’t want to start on the 80+ emails in my inbox and party because I just want to prove to all 3 of you out there that I can still write on my blog.…

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God isn’t a white man?

Insert sarcasm here: What? God’s not a white bearded guy? Thankfully, the band Gungor, turned to the pages of the Bible to see what God has to say for himself. Thanks @mikegoldsworthy for this video

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Smoking Ban in Spain

So, it’s has actually happened. Smoking has been banned from inside of most restaurants in Spain. (Also from playgrounds in outdoor areas as well). I had heard that the ban was going to take place, but I was skeptical because the 2006 legislature didn’t really seem to be effective. Most of the press I’ve read…

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Gift of Remembering

On Christmas Eve I went out for a walk and stopped into the cathedral in our neighborhood. I sat in the front row and looked up at the statues of Mary holding Jesus as a baby. I’ll be honest, normally I struggle with the fanfare around Mary. But in this moment I feel like I…

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Let us all…

“Let the just rejoice,for their justifier is born.Let the sick and infirm rejoice,For their saviour is born.Let the captives rejoice,For their Redeemer is born.Let slaves rejoice,for their Master is born.Let free men rejoice,For their Liberator is born.Let All Christians rejoice,For Jesus Christ is born.” – St. Augustine of Hippo Thanks to my friend Tim Bower…

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Movember 2010 Begins

I’m participating in Movember this year. Basically, a group of guys thought it would be a good idea to grow mustaches all of November to raise awareness for men’s health issues. You can read about it on the website: Movember.com When I was in high school my grandfather died of prostate cancer. It’s ‘funny’ how…

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Can we clean our own backyard?

About two years ago I had the pleasure of attending a Christian Associates event called Thinklings. The topic was something like: “What does it mean to make the claim that Jesus is Lord in the pluralistic landscape of western Europe?” To be honest, this event was a hinge point for me and my view of…

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Chance favors the connected mind…

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from | Video on TED.com I really enjoyed this video from Steven Johnson from TED.com. It makes me want to pay more attention to random conversations I have, write more down, have the courage to follow my passion, and to drink more coffee. Enjoy

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Oakland Corners

My brother posted this on facebook and I liked it so much that I watched it twice…I love the dancing, but there is just something else about it that I like. It might be the art of all, might be the fact that these guys are talented and just doing what they do because they…

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