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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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“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
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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
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“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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Does religious participation make you happier? How does religion affect happiness? First of all, I must confess: I used the “Religion vs. Relationship” trope years ago in a series of sermons at Christ Church United Methodist in Lexington, KY. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2021 at Chris Howlett
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Every time a new technology comes along, people freak out. They imagine all the potential ways this new technology can hurt them. We’ve been doing this for a long time. When the printing press was invented and books became widely... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2021 at Chris Howlett
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“Self-giving love is the Trinity's signature.” – Roderick Leupp When John Wesley was young, an older, wiser man told him, “Sir, you wish to serve God and go to heaven? Remember you cannot serve him alone. You must therefore find... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2021 at Chris Howlett
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Everyone wants to be happy. If that’s the case, why are so many people unhappy, or at least not as happy as they’d like to be? One of the reasons is because they pursue happiness through the wrong means. They... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2021 at Chris Howlett
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In my last post I wrote that happiness is hard work. It is. So, today I’m going to share with you how to work hard to make happiness work for you and in you and even, dare I say, through... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2021 at Chris Howlett
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Does God care if you’re happy? Looking around the interwebs I find tons of secular resources on happiness. We need more Christian voices out here. The problem is that when the topic of happiness comes up, lots of Christians believe... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2021 at Chris Howlett
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How does virtuous living lead to happiness? Does being good help you become happier? What does it even mean to be good, or to live a virtuous life? Virtue... there’s a word I’ve heard more and more of lately, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Chris Howlett
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It’s amazing to reflect on some of the latest findings about how our brains function. You’re brain is sort of like the wiring in a house. Habitual thought-patterns make physical changes in your neural pathways and you become set in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at Chris Howlett
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What Is Happiness? Everyone wants to be happy, so it’s probably a good idea to figure out what happiness actually is! People have been thinking about happiness for a very long time, there’s even a really cool book titled, “Happiness:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2021 at Chris Howlett
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The beginning of a new year is a good time to start a new, healthy habit. Daily Bible Reading is as good a habit as any, so here are some helpful tips in starting and maintaining daily Scripture reading. Three... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at Chris Howlett
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Can you be happy(er) during a pandemic? If you bought Zoom stock in January of last year, you’re probably feeling pretty good right now. However, money can’t buy happiness, so, is it still possible to be happy in the middle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Chris Howlett
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The 12th century Buddhist poet, Saigyo Hoshi, wrote the following after a visit to a Shinto Grand Temple: God’s here? Who can know? Not I. Yet I sigh And tears flow Tear on tear. The world longs to experience ultimate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2020 at Chris Howlett