Paul Jenkins

Category - Finances

The 1 reason you can’t afford to NOT be generous

I know. Everyone is asking for money this time of year, and it can be so easy to feel like all people want from you is a dollar (or twenty!). But there’s one YUGE (sorry, Donald) reason that you and I can’t afford to simply shrug our shoulders and walk away from “generosity opportunities” this time of year (or any time, for that matter): God blesses the generous. Now, before you whip out your cash and get ready to invest in God’s great pyramid scheme, let’s...

Applauding Dave, Stoning Steven: The Ramsey-Furtick big house dilemma.

I thought about going with a much shorter title.  It would have been “Wait, what?”  While a lot of this is old history, it appears that it’s a bit of a new controversy and I just stumbled on it this morning. In case you don’t know, Steven Furtick built a big house. In related news, so did Dave Ramsey.  If you want to know more about either of those events, I’ll save you the Google search and simply provide links for you here. It’s a big, big house with...

What Steve Smith can teach you about money

There are a lot of things that don’t go together.  Good and evil.  N.C. State and Carolina.  Politicians and common sense.  Professional athletes and the ability to handle money.  Enter Steve Smith, the most popular wide receiver to ever play for my beloved Carolina Panthers.  I have loved watching #89 play since the Sunday afternoon that he caught a pass over the middle from Jake Delhomme against the St. Louis Rams and took it 69 yards for a score in overtime to get to Panthers...

The one post about the Royal Wedding you probably don’t want to read

It seems like the world is divided into 2 camps concerning the Royal Wedding: the group that thinks the kind of money being spent on it is shameful and a waste, and the group that thinks a royal wedding should cost whatever it costs. The first group argues: “When there are so many people unemployed, hungry, and tornadoes have just done in excess of a billion dollars damage, how can anyone justify a wedding that costs in the neighborhood of $50 million?” The second group replies:...

A Bird in the Hand…

Exodus 4:2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” Sometimes, what challenges us to move the most is exactly what makes us the most immovable. We get so overwhelmed by the truth we’ve encountered that we find ourselves lost in a maze of introspection and self-analysis. It isn’t long before we are sitting in the same place, only now with the knowledge that we shouldn’t be in the same place. Ignorance, it would seem, really can be bliss, and...