Paul Jenkins

Category - Leadership

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...

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...

Why Mark Driscoll makes me want to be God

Over the last few months, a number of controversies have been growing around an already controversial Mark Driscoll.  The pastor of the 15,000 member Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, didn’t really need to do anything to be controversial; his “no holds barred,” brash teaching style was enough.  But in recent weeks he has been accused of – in no particular order – plagiarism, using church funds to boost his book onto the New York Times bestseller list and...

Clearing away the clutter // My review of “Essentialism”

To be honest, I was expecting much when I agreed to read “Essentialism” for free in exchange for a review.  The title got my attention because I’m very curious about minimalism and pursuing more of a minimalistic lifestyle.  Maybe it’s just the ever-encroaching “stuff” that naturally happens in a family of 5, but I have found myself with a growing urge to pile most of what we own in the backyard and throw a match on it.  Not so much because I hate having...

How one coach changed the way I live

When I was in middle school, something happened that impacted my life.  Well, I should say, someone, and it all started when I secured a spot on the basketball team coached by Lanny Lowder at Albemarle Middle School.  I use the word “secure” loosely, because I’m pretty sure that they simply ran out of guys before they could cut me. Still, there’s something about trying out for a team and not finding your name on the dreaded cut sheet hanging on the locker room wall that...