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Chris Howlett
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
I am a husband, father, learner, pastor, and coach.
Interests: reading, leading, preaching, positive psychology, soccer, fly fishing
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“Don't tell me that worry doesn't do any good. I know better. The things I worry about don't happen.” – Anonymous On the margins of medieval maps cartographers often wrote the Latin phrase hic sunt dragones, which means “there be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2023 at Chris Howlett
“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso Everything you’ve ever done, you began as a novice. Think about it. When you first learned to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2023 at Chris Howlett
Photo by Pixabay: “There are two pains in life. There is the pain of discipline and the pain of disappointment. If you can handle the pain of discipline, then you'll never have to deal with the pain of disappointment.”... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2023 at Chris Howlett
“I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2023 at Chris Howlett
10.9 million Americans woke up early on the first Saturday in May, not for the Derby, but for the Coronation of King Charles III of the United Kingdom. What amazes me about this number is not how large it is,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2023 at Chris Howlett
“There’s no traffic jam on the extra mile.” – Anonymous Christians have been observing Holy Week for hundreds of years. We memorialize Jesus’ journey to the cross and his resurrection. We set this time aside for focused devotion to God,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2023 at Chris Howlett
Recently I published a video on the Flourishing Life YouTube Channel titled Bible Reading 101. That video was intended to help you jumpstart or reboot a daily Bible reading habit. The outline of that advice is: Make a Plan, Share... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2023 at Chris Howlett
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better person.” – Benjamin Franklin What changed Saturday night? The day moved from Saturday to Sunday, the month from December to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2023 at Chris Howlett
“I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.” – Blaise Pascal Most people stay surrounded by and involved in busyness and noise. They feel they must stay busy in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2022 at Chris Howlett
“God, make me the person my dog already thinks I am.” – Meme Dogs are great! Everyone who owns a dog loves coming home after a long day to be greeted by this tail-wagging bundle of fur. Dogs excitedly welcome... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2022 at Chris Howlett
Times are tough. The news is filled with more problems that surpass our capacity to cope. People are losing faith. What’s a person to do? Some give up and lead lives of “quiet desperation.” Others allow anger to fill their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2022 at Chris Howlett
“The greatest gift we have is the gift of life.” – Mike Ditka The earliest Christians were champions of life. Exposure and infanticide were widespread practices in the ancient pagan world. Christians responded by openly condemning these practices as well... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2022 at Chris Howlett
“I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2022 at Chris Howlett
Christopher Hitchens was a well-known and outspoken atheist. A Unitarian Universalist minister, Marilyn Sewell, interviewed him and asked, “I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories of the Scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2022 at Chris Howlett
Today is Saint Patrick’s Day. Some celebrate by wearing green and pinching those who don’t, others drink green beer (anathema to the Irish!!). A better approach is to reflect on the man for whom this day is named. As a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2022 at Chris Howlett
“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” – Charles Spurgeon It pays to read the instructions. A teacher passed out a quiz and said, “Read all the instructions before you answer the questions.” The instructions consisted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2022 at Chris Howlett
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” – John Pierpont Morgan A man bought a new radio, took it home and placed it on the counter. He plugged... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2022 at Chris Howlett
Does God owe you happiness? Does he even care if your happy? Is he actually opposed to your happiness and that’s why he made all those rules? Is your happiness even on God’s radar? I’ve been busting happiness myths (see... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2021 at Chris Howlett
There is soooo much misinformation out there about happiness. I could probably write a dozen busting happiness myths posts. Happiness is misunderstood, both what it is and how to get there. In an earlier post I wrote about five happiness... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2021 at Chris Howlett
It’s tournament time for Fall sports. High school soccer and cross country held their state championships last week. The World Series is under way. High school football soon enters the playoffs. It’s a time for whittling down the field, hopefully... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2021 at Chris Howlett
Martin Seligman is a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s the Director of the Positive Psychology Center there, the director of the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, the former president of the American Psychological Association, the author... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2021 at Chris Howlett
Is there a connection between happiness and holiness? Are people of faith happier than those who lack faith? Christians have been thinking about this for many years and the consensus, from the early church, is that happiness and faith, particularly,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2021 at Chris Howlett
The Courier-Journal headline reads: “Kentucky bourbon giant Jim Beam reaches milestone despite COVID-19.” The story tells of record production during the pandemic as they respond to accelerating demand. That’s the real story. The headline should read that their production milestone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2021 at Chris Howlett
Do you want a happy life or a meaningful life? Well, this question poses a false dichotomy. You can’t have a happy life without living a meaningful life. Meaning is a vital component of happiness. A life devoid of meaning... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Chris Howlett
The pandemic revealed a lot about our society. The whole academic discipline of Public Health needs a makeover. Hopefully, when we’re finally past this thing and can examine what was done, wasn’t done, and how information was communicated, positive progress... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2021 at Chris Howlett