Paul Jenkins

Category - Sports

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...

Cam Newton isn’t Jesus, but for a moment, he looked like him

Yesterday I watched for 3 quarters as the Carolina Panthers surgically destroyed the New York Giants and built a lead of 35-7. For most of that time, Cam Newton looked a lot like a MVP. But it was what I saw at the end of an unbelievable comeback by the Giants and/or meltdown by the Panthers that really caught my attention. It was right after Odell Beckham, Jr. caught the game-tying touchdown. It was in the middle of a 79,436 person celebration in MetLife Stadium (well, minus the stunned...

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...

The Power of Comebacks

Before you write this off as just another post about a sporting event that has nothing to do with you, please promise me that you’ll keep reading.  If you do, I think you’ll be amazed by how much something I learned a couple of nights ago has to do with you today. Most Wednesday nights during the school year, I head up to Pfeiffer University to lead a small Bible study for the students at the school, and since it starts at 9, sometimes I have to hit the pause button on things that I...