Paul Jenkins

Category - American Christianity

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...

Churches can learn a lot from the Carolina Panthers

It’s hard to live anywhere in the Charlotte region and not be aware that the Carolina Panthers are enjoying a pretty unique season.  As the last undefeated team in the National Football League this year, they’re only the 8th team to ever start a season 13-0, and that’s got a lot of people talking about how good they may or may not be and how their season could end. But we’ll leave all that talk for the football analysts, because I think that there are much more valuable...