Paul Jenkins

Category - American Christianity

4 things I learned when I couldn’t see the sun

Yesterday, I joined millions of people and spent a good part of the day wearing recycled 3D glasses and looking up in the sky while trying not to destroy my eyes. I also spent a good amount of time contemplating how my vision was changed as a result of what I saw (or didn’t see?). Here, now, are 4 things I learned on the day when I couldn’t see the sun. Everybody knows how to worship I didn’t really get to see the full scope of this truth where I was because my son and I...

Eugene Peterson talked about Same-Sex marriage, and that wasn’t even the most surprising thing

Eugene Peterson, a theologian and writer who is widely respected among Christians pastors and laypeople alike and is best known for writing “The Message Bible,”  recently gave an interview over the phone that caused quite a stir. You can find the interview, published on Religion News Service by Jonathan Merritt, here. He also went on to give another interview that retracted and/or clarified some things he said in the first interview, and that caused another stir. You can read that article here...

We can learn a lot from Perry Noble. Here are 5 things that are really important.

Like so many, my heart was saddened to hear the news out of Anderson, SC, where Perry Noble was recently removed from his position as Senior Pastor at NewSpring, the church that he started 18 years ago. There’s no doubt that the church world is divided into Perry fans and Perry critics, and too often we can become blinded by those agendas in times like these. I believe that if we are, we’ll miss the valuable insights that can be gained from the situation. I’m sure there are...

The dark side of Easter

For many, Easter doesn’t have a dark side. But for me? Well, let’s just say that I was introduced to the dark side of Easter a mere 7 months after we planted The Gathering, the church which I founded and pastor. And like most bad relationships, my meeting with the dark side took place online as I scrolled through my Twitter feed just a few hours after we’d turned out the lights and locked the door on our first Resurrection Sunday. It started innocently enough. We had just set...

The genius of Jesus

Sometimes, questions fly through my head and won’t leave.  Questions like “How could the Carolina Panthers play their worst game of the season during the biggest game of the season?” and “How does a major presidential campaign not ensure that they’ve locked up all the domains with their candidate’s name in them (see jebbush.com to learn more – OOPS!!)?”  Important questions for sure, but this post is the result of another question that popped into...