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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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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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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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So, what are we supposed to do?

BBC News – US issues travel alert for Americans in Europe I find it weird that US would issue an ‘alert’ about possible terrorism in Europe. As I was reading this I was thinking, “What are they expecting people to do with this information?” Are they expecting us to be on the lookout for a…

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Timelessly Radical

I was reading this morning about Jesus’ parables. About how they were spoken (and recorded) thousands of years ago, but have reminded timeless, pertinent, and meaningful for each generation that has passed. (Which would be approx 26 generations if the average lifespan was 75) I think of how much has changed in just my generation…

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Turn the Amps Up to 11…for Jesus of Course

I just posted this on Twitter and had a hard time articulating what I really want to say in 140 characters: If I had to choose: I would take one simple act of service to a person in need over singing 100 songs at a Christian rock/’worship event’ Let me expound… I’ve been living in…

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Values

I was thinking the other night…Values aren’t really values until they are lived out. Until lived, they remain only aspirations. We (myself and Jen) have values that we want to live by throughout our lives (Service, Hospitality, Authenticity, Gratitude), but if we’re they are not being fleshed out in our lives, then we really can’t…

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Now that I’m gone

Now that my life is settled in one city, I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on all of the leaving that I’ve done over the past two years. To be honest, I think leaving is a really hard thing to do well. I don’t know how I would grade myself or my efforts…

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Neighborhood

I love the neighborhood we live in. I think that this is important. When Jesus talked about loving our neighbor, He gave us a tangible place to start and focus our love and blessing. Our neighborhood is incredibly diverse and very active at almost all hours of the day. I’ve heard kids playing at 1:30am.…

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Prayer and Sexuality

Prayer and sex have more in common than we might think. To describe what I mean I’m going to talk more about sexuality, so if you don’t want to hear that, stop reading. Sex is the most intimate act a person can do with another. There is complete openness, vulnerability, and nothing is hidden. When…

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Small Choices

The other day I posted an entry that linked to “An Open Letter to Pastors”. I’ve been reading around more about Gary Lamb and I want to say that I’m really hurting for his situation. I’m thankful that he has a clear theology of grace and that he is open to talking about his mistakes.…

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Famine

Here is a great post by my friend Lisa. She uses a word that relates with her experience that I can’t use from my own. Here’s the address to her thoughts: Let’s Put the Kettle On: The Famine and Michael I’m having a hard time putting my head around the global celebration of a man…

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Facebook is dead to me

I’m tired of Facebook…this is rant about it. I’m no longer a fan of everyone knowing stuff about me that I have accepted as a ‘friend’. Don’t you think that having a thousand ‘friends’ that you never see or share life cheapening the word? The word used to mean something…now it just means people that…

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Becoming a General

I went to Jen’s brother’s Marine Corps boot camp graduation on Friday (which was really cool and great to see Eric) so military was already on the mind when this quote: “Soldiers realize that it’s war that makes Generals” Seth Godin – Tribes I immediately thought about the reality that it’s the war of life…

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Day of Cheer

This morning we woke up at 6am. Normally when I’m getting up that early on a Sunday it’s because I’m heading off to a church service. Today we were heading off to a Cheerleading competition that my little niece Avery was in. I have to be honest, I was skeptical about going. I’m a boy…

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Writing to myself

Well…I think it’s official. I am writing on this blog for myself. It’s been neglected, unmaintained, and I am all alone with my thoughts and reflections…and in fact, this post has taken me 3 different times of sitting down to finish! So, with that being said… This morning I was reading about time and what…

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Searching for a Savior…

This morning I watched the Obama inauguration and to be honest, it was moving. This is a historic moment in world history and I am thankful to be alive to experience it. (I think that hype and celebrity may even make this historic event too much about pop-culture and some may miss the true global impact of…

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Random Reflections on Relationships…

I really just got the urge to write…this has been rare for me as you can tell by the serious lack of posts lately.  But I wanted to write about relationships…just some random, semi-unconnected thoughts I really love relationships with people when I have a history with people. Don’t get me wrong, love new friends…but…

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Looking Alike

For some reason the line from Acts 4 ‘they recognized that they had been with Jesus’ has been on my mind a lot. In the context of Acts it was Peter and John’s boldness that provoked this statement. They were ordinary people, fisherman, yet their wisdom was bold and it was apparent that there was…

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Another Imperfect Person is Elected

  No, I don’t know who won the election already because I live further east…I wrote this title in past tense because it is simply a future reality.  It seems on Facebook that everyone is using their status to communicate something about their opinions on the election, but that’s just not enough room for me!…

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Remember the days when…

Remember the days when the simplicity of the Gospel was protected, taught, and fought for? Remember the days when leaders would rather stand alone with the Gospel, than stand in a crowed with a shade of it? I read Galatians this morning and let’s just say…Paul really brings the pain here. Not in a, “You…

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Home…

I think that I’m realizing something more clearly now than ever: I miss the feeling of home. I miss ownership of space. I would have thought this was weird more than a year ago, but after this season of life I am finding myself wanting to sit at my own table, clean my own kitchen,…

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Nervous…

The last few months have been a blur…since deciding to return to Europe and follow God’s call in our lives there we have had a lot on our minds. Easily, the most weighing issue on my mind has been our support. Over the past nine months we’ve lost, oh…just a bit…sarcasm.  It’s amazing how much…

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Content being a suburban idealist

I love cities…I think it’s because I love people and there is no shortage of people in cities. I love the energy in cities. I love the sounds. I love the bustle. I love the diversity. I love the density. Sure, this can all get old, but for the most part it gives me energy…

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I want to be a worship rock star

I’m in one of those moods. So, forgive me if this is too much pessimism…and if this resonates with you…let’s move from beyond complaining to figuring out some real answers and some real ways to frame worship…enough disclaimer.  So, my brother-in-law and I were watching some worship stuff on tv by a really well known…

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On Being Molded

So I was talking to a group of friends from Christian Associates tonight about the past year of our lives. I haven’t really written much on my blog about this past year. When I don’t know how to communicate what’s going on in my heart/mind/soul I just don’t even try. But the truth is, this…

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Off to Spain

Yes, you read it right. I am going to Spain. Five days ago, if you had asked me where I would be next week, the last thing I would have said would have been Spain…well maybe not the last thing.  Regardless, for the next 6 days, I’ll be in Barcelona and Valencia Spain. There is…

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