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Author Barry Howard

Barry Howard serves as leadership coach / consultant with the Center for Healthy Churches and is an board member. He lives in Pensacola, Florida.

How can others who cannot peek inside your heart, glance inside your mind or scan your soul know for sure that you are a follower of Jesus? What is the primary evidence of your credibility and authenticity? According to John 13:35, your Christian identity is best revealed in the way you love others: “This is […] Read More

For me, reading had become a crucial life discipline that exercises the mind and enriches the soul. Every year I try to choose a selection of fictional and nonfictional works to supplement my reading of the Bible, theology and other devotional literature.   Because we live in the age of information technology, we can easily […] Read More

When I got up this morning, I had this sensation that I was being watched. As I went to the kitchen to make some hazelnut coffee, I looked over my shoulder to see if anyone else was in the room.   As the coffee brewed, I moved to the desktop computer to check news headlines. […] Read More

When I made a quick stop in a local discount store to pick up a few general items in early October, I couldn’t help but notice the strange combination of items in the promotional section near the front of the store.   Half of the aisle was fully stocked with Halloween items: bright plastic jack-o’-lanterns, […] Read More

Some people go to church regularly, some go occasionally, and others seldom go at all. How important is church participation? Are there good reasons that I should go to church?   Actually, the Bible calls on believers to be the church, and not just go to church. But to effectively be the church, believers need […] Read More

While perusing a vacation and tourism magazine as I waited at the doctor’s office for my name to be called, I couldn’t help but notice the large number of ads for resort and retirement communities inviting prospective residents to “come and live the dream.”   What comes to mind when you think about the dream […] Read More

How would you describe the season you are currently experiencing?   Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is a contemplative poem about the seasons of life. Rather than letting the seasons pass meaninglessly and letting life become “vanity,” the biblical writer encourages worshipers to interpret the seasons and maximize the opportunities within each one of them.   In my […] Read More

If you are on our church campus this week, you will likely notice the reverberating sounds of construction, you will hear the echo of orchestral instruments and a large chorus of vocalists rehearsing, and you will notice men of all ages curiously unshaven, some with a mature beard and others with adolescent fuzz. This year, […] Read More

I loathe the term “church shopping.” The phraseology just sounds too commercial to apply to a community of faith. Searching for a church home is a crucial life decision that requires a deeper level of introspection and spiritual guidance than can be found by following the usual church shopping guidelines.   Despite my disdain for […] Read More

My eyes were glued to the news story dominating the networks on Jan. 15 when US Air Flight 1549 collided with birds, disabling both engines, and yet the aircraft made a successful emergency water landing on the Hudson River. Remarkably, all 155 of those aboard survived without serious injury. A few days ago, I took […] Read More