Paul Jenkins

Hey! I am so glad you’re here!

I love writing, and I really love it when what I write is read by people who love interacting with me!  Below you’ll find a handful of my most popular posts (well, if you’ve got a seven-fingered hand!). So, go grab your favorite beverage and spend some time with me. We’ll both be better for it!

I met this girl on the streets of Delhi, and you won’t believe what it did to me.

Ever since I announced that I’m going to be running 50 miles on my 50th birthday to set 50 women free from human trafficking, I’ve gotten a lot of strange looks. Most of them have come from the face in the mirror. What am I doing?  Have I lost my mind? (Please keep your answers to those questions to yourself.) But without a doubt, the one question I’ve been asked the most is simply, “why?” The answer to that question started in 2011, but wasn’t fully...

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...

The Bad News that Makes the Good News Good

It doesn’t take a lot to look around and see bad news. It’s everywhere. Racial tension, economic uncertainty, a really, really bad NFC East division. Okay, that last one isn’t actually bad news if you’re a Panthers fan, but you get the idea. It seems like everywhere we turn, there’s one more story about one more event that makes the darkness around us seem one step closer. Our world seems to be, in a word, dark, and while that may be all it takes to cause many to drop their heads in despair...

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...