Paul Jenkins

Category - Culture

What Trump and kneeling NFL players have in common (and why it’s keeping us from finding a solution)

There are moments when things can get so heated, so polarized and so political that no matter what anyone says, things seem to get worse. This is one of those moments. Millionaires athletes are fighting with a billionaire president and most people who are neither of those would be hard-pressed to explain why. The reason is that the fight has eclipsed the cause, and winning has been redefined as “not losing” instead of finding an actual solution. One side makes the other side look bad, and then...

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...

3 Days, 3 Shootings: Here Are 3 Things You Can Do About It

Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Uptown Dallas. 3 days, 3 horrific events, one nation full of outrage and disbelief. During times like these, it can be so easy to feel frozen by the enormity of the situation, and as a result, end up doing nothing when we all know that somebody has to do something. While I recognize that my perspective is limited (and I in no way would assume to understand what people with a very different perspective could be feeling), I do believe that all of us are facing the...

Everyone can do something for someone

As I finished my last training run yesterday, it hit me… I’m done. Sure, there’s the small detail of actually running 50 miles on Saturday, but as far as getting ready for the biggest run of my life, there’s not a single thing left to do. I’ve run almost 600 miles over the last several months. I’ve posted countless updates on social media. I’ve tagged numerous news outlets (hopefully it has increased the traffic for WBTV, WSOC, WCNC, FOX News, Fox &...

The one thing that will help you win in 2016

As I scrolled through my social media feeds this morning, I saw post after post all saying the same thing. Some used words, others let the pictures do the talking, but almost all of them had the same message – “Happy New Year!” – and most of them were, well, happy. There were a few outliers, some pictures taken of people who were sound asleep on couches and chairs after fighting valiantly (and losing) to see the new year, but the people who took the selfies next to the...